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The evidence-to-policy conundrum and how to solve it

Does better evidence lead to better policies and programs? Massive amounts of reliable evidence, drawing on scientifically strong methods, including randomized controlled trials, mixed-methods approaches, and more, have been generated and disseminated in recent decades. A Nobel Prize has been awarded for that pathbreaking work. Yet the impact of that evidence – on what policymakers and program implementers think and do – has been far below expectations, even pitifully tiny according to some accounts. Especially in international development work, which focuses on countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that are striving to rise faster out of poverty and are home to over 80 percent of the planet’s eight billion people.

Teaching critical thinking about health: impacts and implications

Claims about what might improve or harm our health are everywhere. Some of these claims are reliable, but many are not. People often don’t know how to tell the difference. Making decisions based on unreliable claims wastes resources and can result in unnecessary suffering. This problem was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which was accompanied by an “infodemic”— an overload of information, including false or misleading information.

Insights from the Development Evidence Portal – the Middle East and North Africa

Continuing our 'state of the evidence' series exploring insights from the DEP – this blog explores and shares key insights from the evidence on the Middle East and North Africa region.

Strengthening Cote d'Ivoire's nutrition strategy with rapid evidence

Côte d'Ivoire faces substantial nutritional challenges, with 17 percent of children under five experiencing stunting and over six percent exhibiting wasting in 2021. Overall, 18 percent of the population grapples with the imminent threat of acute food insecurity. In addition, many communities lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation, which can transmit diseases such as cholera, dysentery and polio. Recurrent infections can also be a major cause of malnutrition and child stunting. 3ie’s WACIE Helpdesk supported the government’s response to the crisis by providing up-to-date evidence to inform and improve its strategy.

Expanding the frontiers of heterogeneity analysis: application of a machine learning method to a gender attitude change program

At 3ie, we recently tested a machine learning technique on a previously completed randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a school-based gender attitude change program in Haryana, India to answer this question. We share a few key findings and benefits of employing this method.

Déterminer ce qui fonctionne pour améliorer la nutrition maternelle : début d'une nouvelle évaluation au Bénin

3ie, en partenariat avec le gouvernement du Bénin, lance l’évaluation d'impact d'une initiative révolutionnaire : un programme de nutrition pratique et évolutif pour améliorer les résultats en matière de santé maternelle et infantile.

Determining what works to improve maternal nutrition: Beginning a new evaluation in Benin

3ie, in partnership with the Government of Benin, is launching an impact evaluation of a groundbreaking initiative: a practical, scalable nutrition program to improve maternal and infant health outcomes.

Unveiling trends in impact evaluations across Sub-Saharan Africa

With 4262 studies, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) accounts for the largest number of impact evaluations in the Development Evidence Portal (DEP). The second blog in our 'state of the evidence' series that previously featured Latin America and the Caribbean unpacks the evidence coming from this part of the African continent. The DEP – which remains a global public good – allows us to analyze which countries, interventions and outcomes are the most researched, by whom and in what way.

What works for addressing root cause and drivers of irregular migration? There are few answers to pressing policy questions.

Mass irregular migration is a pressing global issue, especially for low- and middle-income countries. In 2018, there were over 100 million irregular migrants estimated worldwide (Yayboke and Gallego 2019) and the number continues to increase as more individuals seek better lives, conditions, or livelihoods, or escape from violence, persecution, or repression.

Measuring and Improving the Impact of US Foreign Aid—A Look at Two Key Statutes

Over the years, US lawmakers of many stripes have embraced the value proposition of foreign assistance. While their precise motivations have varied, ensuring US international aid is transparent, accountable, and effective has been vital to this long-running bipartisan support.

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