3ie News | October 2018
                       
Evidence • Action • Impact
Evidence uptake and use from 3ie-funded studies
3ie-supported impact evaluation of a cash transfer programme in Ghana informs the design of the programme and contributes to scale-up

The evaluation assessed the impact of Ghana’s Livelihoods Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, which provides cash and health insurance to extremely poor households that have at least one of these household members: an orphan or vulnerable child, someone who is elderly and poor, or members unable to work due to disability. The study showed positive effects on savings, debt repayments and reduced loan holdings, particularly among female-headed households. The findings also suggest that the programme increased school enrollment and attendance, and strengthened social networks.

In 2014, World Bank increased its funding support for all safety net programmes in Ghana, including LEAP. World Bank cited the positive impacts of the LEAP programme from the 3ie-supported impact evaluation as contributing to this decision. Contributing factors included UNICEF’s advocacy and engagement with key stakeholders on the positive findings from the impact evaluation. These efforts complemented effective and ongoing engagement by the team, which 3ie requires and supports through the Stakeholder Engagement and Evidence Use Plan that the team implemented throughout the study.
Millennium Villages impact evaluation final report published
The study provides important findings about the programme’s impacts, sustainability and cost-effectiveness as it was implemented in northern Ghana. 3ie led the quality assurance of the evaluation design and implementation. For an overview and supporting documents, click here.
New publications
Impact evaluation reports: Impact evaluation of the World Food Programme’s interventions to treat malnutrition in Niger

Evidence gap map brief: Mapping the evidence on WASH promotion in communities, schools and health facilities
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 blogs
How qual improves quant in impact evaluations: Emmanuel Jimenez shares findings of a recent paper that uses a rigour assessment tool to come up with the characteristics of well-integrated, mixed-method impact evaluations. These studies highlight how 'methodological tribes' can resolve their differences in mutually productive ways.

3ie’s Agricultural Risk Insurance Evidence Programme: a structured approach to impact evaluations: Zeba Siddiqui explains how our structured approach to supporting impact evaluations can help make evaluations more useful and cost-efficient. Using examples from this programme, she explains how funding formative research has helped make decisions on the need for and feasibility of conducting full impact evaluations.

Too difficult, too disruptive and too slow? Innovative approaches to common challenges in conducting humanitarian impact evaluations: Tara Kaul and Samidha Malhotra discuss the challenges of implementing impact evaluations in humanitarian settings. They look at whether these evaluations contribute to increasing programme staff’s workloads and whether they can be time-efficient in rapidly changing contexts. They make a case for producing and synthesising evidence, sharing best practices and programme designs in humanitarian contexts. This blog was also posted on the IDR website.

Not lost in translation: ethical research communication to inform decision-making: Kirthi Rao talks about how research findings can be communicated ethically and effectively. She draws on a recent study that employed FAQs to explain the results. Even though FAQs are not used that much as a research communication tool, it helped the researchers prevent misunderstanding about their complex findings while promoting interest at the same time.
3ie @ recent events
Asian Evaluation Week 2018

Emmanuel Jimenez participated in the 2018 Asian Evaluation Week, co-sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Finance and 3ie member, the Asian Development Bank Independent Evaluation Department. The event ran from 10-14 September in Chengdu and had participants from 49 countries. The theme of the week, “Making valuation work at the country level”, recognised a growing awareness that evaluation is crucial for effective public policy, both from accountability and learning perspectives.

Jimenez was a panellist on “What impact evaluation is and how it purports to inform policymakers”, along with representatives from the Asian Development Bank and the Green Climate Fund. The 3ie sponsored sessions during the week highlighted the work of our grantees in China and the Philippines. He also moderated a session on integrating evidence from impact evaluations into country programmes, which featured two case studies on education-related interventions.

EvalColombo 2018

Emmanuel Jimenez participated in EvalColombo 2018, an event co-sponsored by the Sri Lankan Evaluation Association, EvalPartners, the Sri Lankan government and the Global Parliamentarians’ Forum for Evaluation, from 17-18 September. He moderated a well-received panel on national evaluation policies for evidence-informed policymaking. The panellists on the session were Ziad Moussa, chair of EvalPartners; Andrea Cook, evaluation director of WFP; Ian Goldman, 3ie’s board commissioner; and a Kenyan member of parliament. Several parliamentarians, evaluators and policymakers from the region and around the world participated in the event. The event has also received local media coverage.
Evidence 2018

As co-sponsors of the Evidence 2018 conference (the premier biennial regional conference focused on improving evidence-informed decision-making), we offered sessions describing efforts to strengthen evidence use in Uganda, challenges of and barriers to improving the gender and equity responsiveness of research and evaluation, and measuring evidence use. With conference hosts, Africa Evidence Network, we co-hosted a workshop on overcoming post-colonial barriers to networking between Franco- and Anglophone Africa, and another one continuing our regional dialogue on improving evidence production and use capacity development in Africa. Click here for more details.
4th annual M&E conference, Philippines

Radhika Menon, 3ie senior policy and advocacy officer presented findings from our review of community driven development at the 4th annual M&E conference organised by Philippine’s Department of Social Welfare and Development. Conference participants appreciated the online presentation. She received positive feedback that it fostered a new perspective on expected outcomes of these programmes.
 
3ie-LIDC seminar: WASH evidence gap map

Hugh Waddington, 3ie senior evaluation specialist, and Hannah Chirgwin, research associate, presented key findings from this updated map, which includes 367 completed or ongoing rigorous impact evaluations, across 87 developing countries, and an additional 42 completed systematic reviews. They shared an intervention-outcome framework that incorporates different promotional approaches and indicates the density or paucity of studies examining behavioural, health and socioeconomic outcomes. They also discussed the extent to which studies examine equity and incorporate programming for particularly vulnerable populations, such as people living with disability. Watch a short video on the map here.
Upcoming events
GEIS 2018, 22-24 October 2018, Melbourne, Australia

The Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 will bring together experts from across the world to talk about their experiences in generating and implementing evidence for better policy and practice.  Emmanuel Jimenez and Neeta Goel will be representing 3ie in a number of panels. They include high-level policymakers giving their perspectives on the value of national ecosystems, one on the evidence on community-driven development featuring our working paper finding, and one 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 are excited to be wrapping up our year of celebrating our 10th anniversary during our London Evidence Week conference on 7-8 November. On the first day, we are highlighting our 10-year partnership with DFID, one of our founding supporters and strongest advocates for producing and using rigorous evaluation evidence to improve the lives of people living in poverty. We will feature sessions on the importance of partnerships to produce policy-relevant evidence, social protection, education and the learning crisis, innovations in access to data for evaluations, implementation research, and more. Click here to register.
Funding
Call for proposals: evaluation of the demand creation for eggs among caregivers in Nigeria
Job opportunities at 3ie
Senior manager, Evaluation Office, New Delhi
Evaluation specialist, Synthesis and Reviews Office, London
Consultant, National Rural Livelihoods Mission evidence programme, New Delhi
   
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