3ie News | August 2018
                       
Evidence • Action • Impact
Evidence uptake and use from 3ie-funded studies
3ie-supported impact evaluation on HIV self-testing informs the design of interventions to prevent HIV transmission in Zambia
A 3ie-supported impact evaluation assessed the impact of a pilot programme that distributes HIV self-testing kits through community healthcare workers to increase the uptake of HIV testing services among the general adolescent and adult populations. The study showed positive impacts of the self-testing kits on HIV knowledge status, especially among men. This study was embedded within the large-scale cluster-randomised trial, Population Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy to Reduce HIV Transmission (PopART). The larger study is investigating whether a community-wide combination HIV prevention package will help to prevent transmission and substantially reduce new HIV infections in South Africa and Zambia. Positive findings from the Zambia study and the engagement of the study researchers with key stakeholders at the community and national levels have informed the decision to add self-testing to the package of prevention interventions across all PopART intervention sites in Zambia.
Benin Evaluation Days, 6-8 August, Benin Marina Hotel, Cotonou, Benin
3ie’s Sara Pacqué-Margolis, Anca Dumitrescu and Deo-Gracias Houndolo participated in Benin Evaluation Days, a three-day event in Cotonou from 6-8 August. Benin Evaluation Days is a bi-annual event organised by the Benin government, which brings together regional actors to promote the culture of evaluation and evidence-informed policymaking. Sara Pacqué-Margolis gave the keynote speech on Benin’s leading role in institutionalising a culture of evaluation in the region and participated in a panel on promoting evidence use through international cooperation. The Benin government also introduced regional actors to the 3ie West Africa Capacity Building and Impact Evaluation Programme, which it jointly manages in partnership with 3ie. It has received technical and financial support from the Benin government, the West African Economic and Monetary Union, the West African Development Bank and the Hewlett Foundation. The event received good local press coverage. Click here for more information.
New 3ie publications
Impact evaluation reports: Impact evaluation of the Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme in Kenya, Impact evaluation of WFP’s programs targeting moderate acute malnutrition in humanitarian situations in Chad and Impact evaluation of the World Food Programme’s moderate acute malnutrition treatment and prevention programmes in Sudan.

Systematic review technical reports: Vocational and business training to improve women’s labour market outcomes in low- and middle-income countries and Agricultural input subsidies for improving productivity, farm income, consumer welfare and wider growth in low- and middle-income countries.

Working paper brief: What works to improve nutrition and food security in the Sahel?
Spanish translations of 3ie briefs
As part of our continuing collaboration with 3ie member, CAF, we have been publishing Spanish translations of our briefs. Please click here to access the list.
3ie-funded research in peer-reviewed publications
Please click here to access the list of all the 3ie-funded studies and 3ie-produced publications appearing in peer-reviewed publications.
3ie in the news
Making crop insurance work for Indian farmers: 3ie’s Bidisha Barooah and Zeba Siddiqui wrote an opinion piece in The Mint, one of India's top national dailies. The article focuses on lessons learned from ongoing impact evaluations on agricultural insurance programmes in India, under the Agriculture Insurance Evidence Programme. This article was also cross-posted on India Development Review's website.

Toilets are being constructed at a remarkable pace, but it’s not a Prem Katha yet for all sections of the population: 3ie’s Shaon Lahiri and Radhika Menon wrote an opinion piece for The Times of India, India’s largest circulating daily. The piece is based on the findings from 3ie’s scoping paper on promoting latrine use published last year. In the post, they discuss that while toilets are being built under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission), messaging in sanitation campaigns has failed to address some deep-rooted beliefs and attitudes about open defecation.
3ie blog
Sparked off by Duncan Green’s blog about 3ie’s synthesis of evidence of community-driven development effectiveness in L&MICs, there has been an active debate on social media. 3ie’s Radhika Menon and Howard White responded to the discussion in this blog.
3ie at recent events
Implementation science in nutrition workshop, 25-29 June, Kampala

3ie co-hosted an inception workshop for the Gates-funded Implementation Science in Nutrition Evidence Programme with our implementing partner, Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition. Participants included teams from Uganda and Kenya, as well as representatives from the ministries of health of both countries. The workshop fostered a partnership among the country teams and facilitated collaboration among them and their respective ministry counterparts. The participants worked towards establishing guidelines and means of interactions to increase efficiency, and gained a clear understanding of the project’s approach, as well as how the main components of the project will be undertaken.
Promoting latrine use in rural India mid-term learning workshop, 21-22 June, New Delhi

3ie hosted a mid-term learning workshop for grantees in the Promoting Latrine Use in Rural India Evidence Programme. Representatives from four impact evaluation teams and from their implementing agencies presented baseline findings from evaluations in Odisha, Bihar, Karnataka and Gujarat. The event also included a presentation by an independent measurement team from IFMR comparing self-reported latrine use across two different survey tools in sample areas. In addition to presentations on baseline findings and intervention designs, there was a session on push button replications and research transparency policy and one on 3ie's updated WASH evidence gap map. A panel discussed India’s flagship sanitation programme Swachh Bharat Mission. The panel consisted of Marie Gaarder, director of 3ie Evaluation Office, Akshay Rout, director of the Swachh Bharat Mission from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation of India, and Raghava Neti from the World Bank. Watch a short video on our evidence programme.
Advancing South-South learning in Asia, 4 July, Seoul

We co-sponsored an international conference on advancing L&MIC peer learning in Asia with Asian Development Bank, Korea Development Institute and the Asia Foundation on 4 July in Seoul. Emmanuel Jimenez, 3ie executive director, was a panellist for two sessions on approaches and challenges to current monitoring and evaluation frameworks for L&MIC cooperation, and generating and using rigorous evidence in decision-making. Over 150 participants from more than 21 countries attended, including 60 producers and users of evidence from the Asia region. Here is a link to an article on the event.
Upcoming events
3ie at Evidence 2018, 25-28 September 2018, Pretoria, South Africa

Several staff will present 3ie's work on promoting evidence informed decision-making at the Evidence 2018 conference. 3ie will conduct satellite sessions on strengthening evidence use in Uganda, gender and evidence, and measuring evidence use. 3ie will also be co-hosting two workshops on overcoming post-colonial barriers to networking between Francophone and Anglophone Africa, and on improving capacity development training and education in Africa. We hope to see you there. Click here to register.
3ie at GEIS 2018, 22-24 October 2018, Melbourne, Australia

The Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 (GEIS) will bring together experts from across the world to talk about their experiences in generating and implementing evidence for better policy and practice. 3ie’s Emmanuel Jimenez and Neeta Goel will be representing 3ie in a number of panels at the summit. These include a high-level policy maker panel on the perspectives on the value of national ecosystems, a panel on the evidence on community-driven development, and a panel on open data, documentation and quality. Hannah Chirgwin will be presenting 3ie's WASH evidence gap map. 3ie has also provided a number of bursaries for this conference. Click here to register.
3ie London Evidence Week, 7-8 November 2018

We will be sending out more information about London Evidence Week in September. In the meantime, please save the date for our conference on 7 and 8 November 2018.
Funding
Bursaries available for MEASURE-GEMNet health workshop, 1-12 October, Bangkok

3ie is offering a limited number of bursaries to Asian nationals to attend the International Workshop on Impact Evaluation of Population, Health and Nutrition Programs from 1 to 12 October 2018 at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. For more details, visit the bursary page.
Job opportunities at 3ie Other job opportunities
Senior human resources manager, New Delhi Manager - Impact evaluation and monitoring (qualitative), Queen Rania Foundation, Jordan
Director, Synthesis and Reviews Office, London Manager - Impact evaluation and monitoring (quantitative), Queen Rania Foundation, Jordan
Consultant - Senior data and knowledge management specialist, London
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