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August 2015   Making Evidence matter
Current funding opportunities

Thematic Window 2 (TW2), HIV self-testing
We have launched TW2, HIV self-testing in Uganda and the same window for HIV self-testing in Zambia. We are inviting proposals for pilot interventions to promote HIV self-testing in each of these countries and impact evaluations of these interventions. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 29 September.Read more

Call for papers

Replication programme
We are preparing to launch the fourth replication window and are accepting suggestions for replication-eligible studies for our candidates studies list. Send your suggestions of innovative, influential or controversial impact evaluations of developing country interventions to replication@3ieimpact.org

Grant award updates

Policy Window, early childhood development interventions in rural China
We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Center for Chinese Agriculture Policy for the impact evaluation of an early childhood development programme in rural China.

Policy Window, teacher training interventions in Henan Province, China
We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the International Center for Action Research on Education, Henan University to evaluate a teacher training intervention implemented by the Henan Province Department of Education.

Policy Window, teacher performance incentives programme in Shaanxi Province, China
We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Center for Experimental Economics of Education, Shaanxi Normal University to evaluate the impact of teacher performance incentives interventions implemented by the Shaanxi Province Department of Education.

Policy Window, removal of user fees for universal health coverage in Africa
We have awarded an impact evaluation grant to the Population Council to evaluate the contribution of the removal of user fees for availing maternal health services on universal health coverage in Kenya.

Thematic Window, moderate acute malnutrition in humanitarian contexts
We have awarded seven proposal preparation grants for impact evaluations in Chad, Somalia, Sudan, Niger, Mali, Mozambique and Pakistan. These studies will evaluate initiatives aimed at preventing and/or treating moderate acute malnutrition in humanitarian contexts.

Evidence uptake and use from 3ie-funded studies

Using data to promote agricultural productivity in Kenya
Few farmers conduct soil tests to determine the impact of locally appropriate agricultural inputs and practices. A research team from Innovations for Poverty Action is collaborating with the Kenyan Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) to assess the impact of information related to good agricultural practices and inputs on uptake of locally appropriate integrated soil fertility management technologies to increase farmers’ productivity. A recent baseline report from the study showed that less than ten per cent of the farmers had used agricultural lime, a key input to correct the high levels of acidity in the soil in the region. Since the baseline report, KALRO has incorporated information on the appropriate use of lime during farmer field days (where useful information is disseminated among farmers). Over the past few months, KALRO has held 17 field days across western Kenya. Each of these field days is open to any farmer in the region. About 50-200 farmers attend these field days depending on where it is being held. Read more

3ie at events

Colloquium on evaluation of public policies, Benin 3ie participated in the regional colloquium on evaluation of public policies in Francophone countries on 8 and 9 July in Benin. More than 200 representatives from Francophone and other African countries participated in the event. Lionel Zinsou, the prime minister of Benin, acknowledged 3ie’s role in developing the West African regional impact evaluation programme.

Mexico Evaluation Week 3ie participated in the first Mexico Evaluation Week held 15-19 June in Mexico City organised by a 3ie member, CONEVAL, along with AMEXID and CIDE-CLEAR.

New 3ie publications
3ie Scoping Paper 3, Engaging communities for increasing immunisation coverage: what do we know?
This paper highlights the key role that communities can and should play in building demand for immunisation and in the planning and delivery of services. Read more

Watch Shagun Sabarwal, evaluation specialist at 3ie and lead author of this paper, explain key findings from the study.
3ie Replication Paper 6, The impact of India's JSY conditional cash transfer programme: a replication study
This authors conducted an internal replication of Lim et al.’s impact evaluation of India’s Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) intervention, a large-scale conditional cash transfer programme designed to incentivise the use of formal birthing facilities. The researchers find the original results robust to changes in model specifications and analysis. The study finds state-level differences in health coverage and mortality outcomes, which should be considered in future analyses of the programme. Read more
3ie Replication Paper 7, Walking on solid ground: a replication study on Piso Firme’s impact
This paper re-examined the findings from Cattaneo et al’s study Housing, Health and Happiness, an impact evaluation of Piso Firme, a government intervention to replace dirt floors with cement flooring in Mexican households. The replication found similar results as the original study. The results remain generally robust to the alternative strategies introduced in the measurement and estimation analysis. Read more
3ie Impact Evaluation Report 28, Smallholder access to weather securities in India: demand and impact on production decisions
This study evaluated the impact of a simple, transparent and flexible weather index insurance (WII) product among smallholder farmers cultivating rain-fed soybean crops in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. The findings show that the overall demand for the WII was low. More specifically, there was a fall in demand as price and distance to the weather station increased. Read more

3ie Impact Evaluation Report 31, Can e-governance reduce capture of public programmes? Experimental evidence from India’s employment guarantee scheme in Bihar
This study reports on a field experiment that evaluated an e-governance reform of the fund flow system for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), India’s flagship social protection programme. This reform reduced the number of administrative tiers associated with wage disbursement and changed the informational requirements for requesting and disbursing programme funds. The study findings show that the intervention reduced MGNREGS spending, left employment and wages unchanged and delayed labour payments. Read more

Watch presentation of this study at a 3ie Delhi seminar.
Publications from 3ie-funded research

A new paper, Farmer field school and farmer knowledge acquisition in rice production: experimental evaluation in China, based on a 3ie-funded study on assessing the impact of farmer field schools on fertiliser use in China was published in the journal, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

3ie-supported replication study, Reanalysis of health and educational impacts of a school-based deworming program in western Kenya Part 1 and 2: pure replication and alternative analyses, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Useful resources
Videos: 3ie has recently launched the 3ie How-to videos, a series of short presentations by 3ie staff providing information about designing, implementing and using impact evaluations. The first video in the series explains how to build a programme theory of change for an impact evaluation. There is a short quiz at the end.

3ie in the news

Mario Picon, senior evaluation specialist at 3ie, participated in a discussion on a national TV policy talk show, ESPIRAL on Mexico’s Canal 11 Nature, The Lancet, Foreign Affairs. The discussion was on the importance of evaluation for public policies.

Annette N Brown, 3ie deputy director and head of 3ie Washington office, was cited in Can randomized trials eliminate global poverty? and Millennium Villages Project launches retrospective analysis in Nature.

Emmanuel Jimenez, 3ie executive director, was cited in The World Bank under Jim Kim in The Lancet.

Richard Manning, chair, 3ie board of commissioners; Emmanuel Jimenez; Jyotsna Puri, 3ie deputy executive director and head of evaluation and Annette N Brown were featured in Evaluation Matters published by the African Development Bank.

David Miliband and Ravi Gurumurthy’s article in Foreign Affairs, Improving humanitarian aid: how to make relief more efficient and effective, mentions the 3ie impact evaluation repository as an important source for evidence on impact of development interventions.

Kristen Stelljes and Ruth Levine’s blog, Impact evaluation for better development outcomes: our new directions, discusses Hewlett Foundation’s approach to funding impact evaluations. The blog also mentions that 3ie, a grantee of the Hewlett Foundation, has played an important role in making rigorous evidence available and promoting standards for impact evaluation quality and transparency.


New blog posts

Check out our latest blogs: Using evidence to rebuild lives. Visit the blog site to view all of our posts.

Jobs at 3ie
Evaluation Specialist, Washington, DC: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Read Terms of Reference (TOR)

Senior Evaluation Specialist, New Delhi: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Read TOR

Evaluation Specialists, New Delhi: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Read TOR
Announcements from other organisations
Call for papers: Annual conference on economic growth and development, Indian Statistical Institute, 17-19 December, New Delhi, India. Apply by 20 September

Call for proposals: ILO Fund for evaluation in employment on labour market impacts in the Middle East and North Africa. Apply by 7 September

Call for proposals: Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences grants for social science meta-analysis and research transparency. Apply by 6 September

Events: Training programme on measuring conflict, 23-27 November, Berlin, Germany. Apply by 27 August

Eastern African Research and Innovations Management (EARIMA) conference, 29 August-3 September, Kampala, Uganda

Swiss Evaluation Society and Geneva Evaluation Network Conference, 3-4 September, Geneva, Switzerland

Australasian Evaluation Society Conference, 5-9 September, Melbourne, Australia

SLEvA International Conference 2015, 15-18 September, Colombo, Sri Lanka

South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association conference 2015, 12-16 October, Johannesburg, South Africa

We regularly post announcements related to impact evaluations and systematic reviews of development programmes from other organisations, such as research grants, events, jobs and training programmes on our website and in our newsletter. Please email your announcements with a short blurb and web link to announcements@3ieimpact.org

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