Dear colleagues, 

Earlier this month we were saddened to learn of the passing of a former commissioner on 3ie’s Board, Dr. Nafis Sadik. Dr. Sadik was one of the highest-ranking women in the UN system and the first woman, in the history of the United Nations, to lead a major UN programme, UNFPA. Throughout her career, she was a tireless advocate for women’s rights and empowerment. She was one of 3ie’s longest-serving Commissioners, from 2008 to 2015. She helped shape 3ie’s strategy through its earliest years, encouraging low- and middle-income country membership in 3ie and focusing on policymakers’ need for good and timely evidence.

I first got a glimpse of this inspiring leader in Cairo in 1994. She was the Secretary-General of the International Conference on Population and Development, ICPD, and I was a summer intern. Her bold vision and leadership in Cairo set the world on an ambitious path that helped transform the lives of millions of women and girls.

3ie has a strong focus on policy relevance and women’s empowerment and we are proud to be a part of her legacy.

On behalf of 3ie, I extend sincere condolences to Dr Sadik’s family and the many mourning her loss. May her memory be a blessing.

Marie Gaarder
Executive Director, 3ie
Request for proposals: Endline survey data collection
3ie is looking for a data collection partner as part of our impact evaluation of a large-scale aquaculture program implemented by the NGO WorldFish in Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions in Bangladesh. The program aims to promote improved and sustainable aquaculture technology and management practices. The impact evaluation will identify the extent to which the project achieves intended impacts on aquaculture practices, productivity, smallholder income, nutrition, and women’s empowerment and whether impacts are more pronounced for some sub-groups. The Bangladesh-based data collection partner will be required to conduct an endline household survey (in person), and one round of telephonic survey with local service providers. The last date for submission of proposals is 15 September 2022 by 23:59 BDT.
Mapping evidence gaps in interventions improving food security in humanitarian settings  

The cascading effects of armed conflicts, irreversible climate change, and the global outbreak of COVID-19 are devastating economies and driving more households into poverty, leaving nearly 193 million people in a food crisis today. While humanitarian assistance continues to expand as humanitarian agencies, donors, and charities pledge more resources, the need for more evidence to better design and implement humanitarian action is also growing rapidly. 3ie is mapping the evidence (and gaps) in food security interventions in humanitarian settings by collating all ongoing and existing impact evaluations and systematic reviews on this topic. To ensure this EGM is comprehensive, we are asking policymakers, development programmers, and researchers to share impact evaluations or systematic reviews, especially those not published, that may be relevant for our map. Read this blog for details on the scope of the map, the types of interventions and outcomes we cover, and the criteria for study inclusion.
Please share study suggestions by 7 September 2022.
Breaking new ground | Food Systems and Nutrition Evidence Gap Map: More studies added

Our living Food Systems and Nutrition Evidence Gap Map (EGM) addresses the long-standing need to fill knowledge gaps in this field. As part of the third update to the EGM, we have added 47 more studies from January – April 2022 after screening more than 1300 records at full text. The new studies comprise groundbreaking evaluations – six of them evaluate national-level policies, including the first study to evaluate the effects of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on BMI. While there continues to be a focus on the food supply chain, specifically the production system, there seems to be less of a focus on interventions that were previously highly studied, such as fortification, supplementation, and the use of peer support and councillors.

Read the update note and this blog highlighting key findings.


Joint Data Center's Strategic Advisory Council (SAC), 1 September 2022 
The Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement is organizing its Strategic Advisory Council 2022 meeting with a focus on the Center’s Knowledge Agenda. Marie Gaarder, Executive Director, 3ie, will be joining Ricardo Morel, Director, Peace & Recovery Program, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Tilman Brück, Founder and Director, International Security and Development Center (ISDC), and Jeffery Tanner, Senior Economist, Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement for a discussion on evidence gaps, research needs and evidence-based policies on forced displacement.

Please register to participate online.

Past events

Evidence Dialogues webinar: Filling knowledge gaps to transform the food system
Experts from GIZ, IFPRI, EAT Forum, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Centre for Global Child Health came together for this webinar to reflect about how to turn the evidence base on food systems into effective policies and full stomachs. We presented findings from our three recent outputs in this area (1) the living evidence gap map, (2) a rapid evidence assessment on women’s empowerment within the food system, and (3) a systematic review on the use of fiscal policies to support a healthy diet. The panel focused on the experience in navigating the evidence base and how the research community can better respond to the evidence needs of policymakers and implementers. 

Read the discussion summary | Watch the recording.
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Call for papers | Journal of Development Effectiveness: Research Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics
Building on our ongoing work that focuses on ethics of social science research, we are inviting papers for a special issue of the Journal for Development Effectiveness, ‘Trends in Research Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics for Development Effectiveness’. We are interested in projects, programs, policies, and practices that aim to improve the transparency, reproducibility, and ethical conduct of impact evaluations and/or test whether improvements in these areas improve development effectiveness. If you have a paper that fits our criteria, please send it to us by 31 January 2023.