3ie News | May 2020
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Spotlight | 3ie Virtual Evidence Weeks (7–28 May)

2020hindsightWe are hosting a series of highly-interactive online events from 7–28 May, as part of the new Virtual Evidence Weeks.
Our first event focused on how evidence is already playing a key role in shaping our responses to COVID-19. You can watch the event recording here or read the blog summarising the key takeaways.
Our second event introduced 3ie’s Development Evidence Portal and highly-engaged participants raised some critical questions on accessibility, inclusion criteria and how we could improve our portal. Watch the recording here or read the blog summary.

Upcoming webinars

14 May | 15:00-16:30 BST

So the intervention is effective… but what will it cost?

Panellists will focus broadly on the use of cost evidence in impact evaluations. They will share real-world examples of how cost evidence is critical for policymaking and share key practical and methodological considerations for research to the global “market” in international development for cost analysis in impact evaluation.  
Methodological and practical barriers to integrating Cost-effectiveness Analysis and Cost-Benefit Analysis into impact evaluations 
21 May |
15:00-16:30 BST
Panellists will lead discussions based on comparisons between practices in the health sector and international development. What mechanisms should the field of international development put in place to advance both the methods and practice of conducting cost-effectiveness analysis?

Scaling up 
28 May |
15:00-16:30 BST
Panellists will focus on scalability. If our purpose is the improvement of effective interventions that can improve lives, we need to know not just if interventions are effective under ideal conditions, but if they can be scaled and the cost implications of doing so.

For more information, please visit our conference website.

Funding alert | Implementation and evaluation grants for women’s empowerment

We are still accepting proposals 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. The deadline for applications has been extended to 18 May.

Submit your applicationRead the full call for proposals | Read Q&A document (revised 29 april)

#2020Hindsight campaign: what works in health

These last few months, we have been focusing on evidence from systematic reviews on heath. Our latest blog shares insights from one of our systematic reviews that critically appraises the evidence for the effects of interventions to improve the performance of community health workers in L&MICs. We also recommend you reading, What works to improve vaccination rates in low- and middle-income countries? which discusses strategies that are effective in raising vaccination rates in low-income countries. In the previous months, we shared insights on how community-based approaches can be effective in changing handwashing and sanitation behaviour.

To check out all the blog posts, visit the campaign page on our website.

#VaccinesWorkForAll | World Immunisation Week 2020

In this World Immunisation Week special blog, 3ie’s Mark Engelbert emphasises the need to focus on delivering key preventive services to protect public health, including routine immunisation for children. He shares some insights into an upcoming evidence gap map on interventions to increase routine immunisation in L&MICs, including some provisions findings of where the evidence is and what the gaps are.

Read the blog

Evidence impact

Evidence from 3ie-supported review informs evaluation design
Findings of the 3ie-supported systematic review by Buck et al (2017), which analysed the evidence base on safe water, sanitation and hygiene promotion interventions L&MICs, informed the design of the Belgian Red Cross’s recently commissioned evaluation in Tanzania. The published protocol for the evaluation cites the review’s findings on the promise of contextualised behaviour science-based interventions and the lack of consensus on the effectiveness and long-term effects of different interventions to promote handwashing and safe sanitation for health.


What do we know about interventions to build peaceful societies? What don't we know?

We organised  a webinar on 30 April to launch our latest evidence gap map that maps the evidence base for 275 studies corresponding to over 40 intervention types implemented in fragile contexts with the aim of building sustainable peace. The lead authors presented the key findings of the 3ie-Deval collaborative project and shared tips on how to use the online, interactive evidence gap map and its findings to improve peacebuilding programming and research.

Read the evidence gap map report | Watch the recorded webinar | Read the brief

Upcoming events
3ie@global conference | First international survey methodology conference, New Delhi,10–12 June 

Past events
3ie–LIDC webinar | Don’t let the magician distract you with tricks: designing evaluations to inform action in new settings, 1 April


Impact evaluation reports
The 5 Star Toilet Campaign: improving toilet use in rural Gujarat;

Measuring impacts of conservation interventions on human well-being and the environment in Northern Cambodia;

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;

Impact of alternate wetting and drying on farm incomes and water savings in Bangladesh;

Access to safe drinking water: experimental evidence from new water sources in Bangladesh;

Evaluating the impacts of the Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit System;

Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) in India; Impacts, maintenance and sustainability of irrigation in Rwanda

Community toilet use in Indian slums: willingness-to-pay and the role of informational and supply side constraints

Evaluating the impact of infrastructure development: case study of the Konkan Railway in India;

Using big data to evaluate the impacts of transportation infrastructure investment: the case of subway systems in Beijing;

Improving households’ attitudes and behaviours to increase toilet use in Bihar, India; and    

Impacts of low-cost interventions to improve latrine use and safe disposal of child faeces in rural Odisha, India.

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3ieNews is a bi-monthly newsletter of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). We promote evidence-informed equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. We support the generation and effective use of high-quality evidence to inform decision-making and help improve the lives of people living in poverty in low- and middle-income countries. We provide guidance and support to produce, synthesise and assure the quality of evidence of what works, for whom, how, why and at what cost. 
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