Costing in the field of development effectiveness

Our special issue of the Journal of Development Effectiveness focuses on cost analysis and its vital role in the context of impact evaluations to assess development effectiveness. The issue includes papers discussing interventions in Ghana, Pakistan, Lesotho, India and Niger. Apart from offering guidance and resources on cost evidence analysis, it also highlights the different approaches used for the collection of costing data, whether it is to assess private sector versus public sector delivery effectiveness or single and combined program interventions. In terms of what more can be done, the editorial lays out multiple questions that need to be addressed by future research to further enhance policy relevance. Read the editorial and the papers here.
We are currently inviting papers for the journal’s forthcoming special issue on ‘Trends in Research Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics for Development Effectiveness’. Read more about the criteria and submit your paper by 31 March 2023.
Evidence Impact: Strengthening the evidence base for programming and policies on women’s groups
Findings from our evidence gap maps (EGM) continue to guide future investments in prioritizing research in key areas where gaps remain and also in understanding and interpreting existing evidence. In our latest evidence impact summary, we show how 3ie’s EGM on improving and sustaining livelihoods through group-based interventions became a resource for the Evidence Consortium on Women’s Groups (ECWG) and informed their learning agenda and portfolio evaluation of the Gates Foundation’s investments in South Asia and Africa. The EGM maps evidence on the economic, social and empowerment effects of livelihoods interventions provided through groups. The use of this EGM is particularly significant as we witness a rise in global investments in group-based and community-oriented development solutions – from microfinance groups in Bangladesh and self-help groups in India to village savings and loan associations in Africa. Read the full summary to learn about the factors that contributed to this evidence impact.

Additionally, the findings from our earlier systematic review on economic self-help group programs in India were used in the Indian government’s Economic Survey 2023 to explain how self-help groups have empowered women in rural areas. Read the full summary to learn more about the evidence impact of this review.

Visit our evidence summaries portal for many more such stories.

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Martin Ravallion, poverty researcher and impact evaluation pioneer: 1952-2022
Upcoming events

As part of commemorating our 15 years, we have intensified efforts to uphold and advance our long-standing commitment to strengthening evidence use in development institutions. With this as the aim, we are joining forces with one of the foremost development organizations to bring together evidence leaders, operational experts, decision-makers and researchers to share, reflect, and come up with ways to address institutional barriers and promote learning. Please stay tuned to know more about the event in the coming weeks. For now, we would really appreciate if you marked your calendars.

What Works Global Summit 2023 | Evidence for global challenges
This year, the What Works Global Summit (WWGS 2023) will be an in-person event taking place in Ottawa, Canada and co-hosted by the Bruyère Research Institute. The conference will run from 18 to 20 October with pre-conference workshops on 17 October. Call for abstracts is open until 31 March 2023. For more on themes and information, click here.

Evidence 2023 | Coming together to build a knowledge base for evidence-informed decision-making practice
The Africa Evidence Network (AEN) is hosting Evidence 2023 from 13 to 15 September 2023 in Entebbe, Uganda. The event will bring together the Pan-African community for learning, sharing, and relationship-building; provide an opportunity for connection and collaboration to enhance mutual learning and the development of new ideas about supporting evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM); build content for EIDM practice and provide opportunities to share EIDM practice experiences of different experts in the community. For concept note and other information, click here.

Past event

CEDIL 2023 Conference
Making innovative methods matter
This session focused on the innovative methods presenters have used for evaluations, including their work on CEDIL. Each presenter provided a quick overview of the innovations they have worked on and consider. The event was chaired by Macartan Humphreys, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University. Panelists included Matt Juden, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Nazmun Ratna, Associate Professor in Development Economics, Lincoln University; Claudia Ringler, Senior Research Fellow, Transformation Strategies Department of the International Food Policy Research Institute; and Douglas Glandon, Lead Evaluation Specialist & Leader, Methods Development, 3ie. Read the highlights of 3ie’s presentation in this Twitter thread. Watch the recording.

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