3ie News | March 2020
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Spotlight | 3ie's response to the COVID-19 pandemic

We are continuously monitoring information about the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. We are mindful of the myriad impacts this pandemic is having on people’s lives, directly and indirectly, across the world. Like everyone, we are trying to adapt to a rapidly changing situation.  
Please read the full statement from our executive director.

3ie’s London Evidence Week cancelled and plans for virtual events

In line with the evolving situation and government advisories, we have cancelled 3ie’s Evidence Week public conference scheduled for 23 April in London, UK and postponed activities planned around our members’ conference to later this year. We regret any inconvenience caused. 

However, we do not want this unfortunate global emergency to stop us from sharing the important insights that we and our panellists had planned to discuss with all of you. Instead, we want to take this opportunity to be climate-conscious, innovative and be more accessible by hosting a series of virtual events. To make our virtual events engaging and productive, we would like your ideas on how we can continue to engage with you.

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Apply now | Implementation and evaluation grants under our Swashakt programme

We are now accepting applications from organisations or consortia engaged in implementing and/or evaluating – at scale or through pilots – innovative economic interventions for women’s collectives- and group-based enterprises in India under the new Swashakt evidence programme. The programme seeks to generate evidence-informed interventions to enhance viability, scalability and returns of women’s collective enterprises to promote women’s economic empowerment. Use the link below to submit applications through our online portal. The deadline for applications has been extended to 30 April 2020

Submit your applicationRead Q&A document | Read the full call for proposals

3ie Development Evidence Portal is now live

The 3ie Development Evidence portal is a continually updated and curated portal with high-quality evidence on the effectiveness of development interventions. We believe this is an important step towards building an evidence infrastructure that supports more and better use of evidence to inform decisions about policies and programmes designed to improve lives. Explore the portal here.

#2020Hindsight campaign: International Women’s Day

As part of our 2020 hindsight campaign, this month we are focusing on evidence from systemic reviews on women’s empowerment. We have recently published two blogs Empowering women through National Rural Livelihoods Mission and  Empowering women through Self-Help Groups: Evidence of effectiveness, questions of scale. In the previous months, we shared insights on education and employment. To check out all the blog posts, you can visit the campaign page on our website. 3ie 2020 Hindsight campaign shares insights from this review here and here.

Evidence impact

Findings from a 3ie-supported review inform global institutions 
The International Labour Organisation has included a 3ie-funded systematic review by Kluve and colleagues (2017) as part of its online resource on global evidence on youth employment. The review studied the impact of youth employment interventions on labour market outcomes for young people across 31 countries. The authors found that entrepreneurship promotion and skills training improved youth employment outcomes and Active Labour Market Programmes (ALMP) were more impactful when they targeted young women and the most disadvantaged youth. 

Findings of the review have also informed the World Bank’s recent report Moving Forward with Active Labour Market Programmes. The 2018 issue of the World Bank’s Jobs Guide for its project teams, Integration: A new approach to youth employment programmes, and its source document, Integrated Youth Employment Programs, both reference the findings of the 3ie-supported review.

3ie signs MoU with CLEAR Anglophone and CLEAR Francophone Africa

3ie has entered a partnership with CLEAR Anglophone and CLEAR Francophone to initiate joint regional and sub-regional cooperation projects in Africa in the area of capacity building in impact evaluation. Both the organisations will work together to promote and develop M&E capacity; strengthen evaluation culture and improve the effectiveness of public policy in Africa. Together, we will be planning activities that include consulting support services, technical assistance and training for executives of public administrations and much more.


Upcoming events

3ie-LIDC seminar | Don’t let the magician distract you with tricks: designing evaluations to inform action in new setting, 12.30 pm BST, 1 April

Past events

3ie–CEDIL seminar | Measuring the 'hard to measure' in development: Abstract, multi-dimensional concepts and processes, London, 4 March
3ie conference | Learning from innovations in increasing immunization, New Delhi, 27 February
3ie seminar | Launch of 3ie’s Development Evidence Portal: What is the state of evidence?, London, 24 February
3ie–IFAD workshop | Learning from IFAD Impact Assessments and 3ie’s Agricultural Innovation Evidence Programme, Rome,13–14 February
3ie@global conference | EvalFest 2020, New Delhi, 12–14 February
3ie conference | Evidence-informed policymaking for rural transformation: An exploration of the role of women’s collectives and community participation, New Delhi, 9–10 February
3ie–LIDC seminar | Public good provision and deliberative democracy: evidence from Malawi, London, 29 January


Impact evaluation reports
The 5 Star Toilet Campaign: improving toilet use in rural Gujarat;
The effects of vouchers for essential household items on child health, mental health, resilience and social cohesion among internally displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo;
Measuring impacts of conservation interventions on human well-being and the environment in Northern Cambodia

Impact evaluation brief
Impacts of vouchers for households affected by displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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