Dear Colleague,

3ie is an organization dedicated to promoting better use of evidence in decision-making by L&MIC governments, development institutions and funders. How do we work towards achieving this goal? 3ie helps such institutions by making evidence more accessible. Be it through synthesizing existing bodies of evidence, by providing helpdesk services rapidly translating existing evidence into clearly articulated policy briefs or by building evaluations into ongoing programs, we continuously ensure we learn more about what works, under what conditions, through which mechanisms, for whom and at what cost. But accessibility is not enough to achieve our goal. Good use of evidence is first and foremost about influencing the evidence culture in the above institutions. By ‘evidence culture’ I mean an ingrained mindset and practice of critically assessing current approaches and their evidence-base, a curiosity and desire to find the best possible approach, and an openness and desire to acquire further evidence and learn more from current approaches so that each time we can do better than before. The same way that neuroscientists have discovered that new behaviors can be created by rewiring the brain, institutional incentives, structures, and processes can help foment this culture in organizations and governments. 3ie has, therefore, invested a lot in creating a holistic approach to evaluation capacity development, which you can hear more about in an interview (see below) with Dugan Frazer, the program manager of GEI, and in being a partner to organizations and governments that have set on a journey to further improve their evidence culture, like MCC, the UN Peacebuilding fund or the West African governments.

Marie Gaarder, Executive Director, 3ie
Developing evaluation capacity: a conversation with the head of Global Evaluation Initiative
3ie Executive Director Marie Gaarder recently joined Global Evaluation Initiative’s Program Manager Dugan Fraser on an episode of Stronger Together podcast. Gaarder discussed ways to develop evaluation capacity around the world to better influence policy and emphasized not only the need for training, but also for linking the people who have been trained with hands-on real work and real-world experience.
Read more in this blog>>.
3ie has launched Phase 2 of its Philippines Evidence Program (PEP), formerly known as Policy Window Philippines (PWP). In the second phase, we are working with the Philippine government’s departments of health and agriculture to generate actionable evidence-informed findings to enhance the effectiveness and future scale-up of its flagship programs. For more information about this call and on how to apply, please visit 3ie’s website>>. 
Building complexity into development evaluation
Michael Bamberger

What do we know about the impacts of aquaculture?
Constanza Gonzalez Parrao, Shannon Shisler, Kirthi Rao

Evidence impact: Improving education worldwide through the use of systematic review evidence
Paul Thissen

What works to empower women in fragile settings?
Will Ridlehoover, Etienne Lwamba, Meital Kupfer, Shannon Shisler

Mapping evidence gaps on human rights, civil society, and independent media
Katherine Garcia, Miriam Berretta, Tomasz Kozakiewicz


Impact evaluation

Impacts of supportive feedback and nonmonetary incentives on child immunisation in Ethiopia


Learning summaries
Using behavioural science to support latrine use in rural India: findings from behaviour change interventions in – Gujarat, Odisha, Karnataka, Bihar

Rapid response briefs
What factors positively affect the adoption of agricultural technologies by smallholder farmers? (English | French)

Working papers

Do financial inclusion schemes empower women? Evidence on what works from India’s National Rural Livelihoods Project;
Women’s economic status and son preference: empirical evidence from private school enrolment in India;
Understanding India’s self-help groups: an organisational anatomy of functionality in a district in Madhya Pradesh
Consultant – Complex Evaluation Specialist, Washington, DC
Transcriber and translator - Bangladesh Aquaculture Project, 3ie
Research Associate, 3ie Washington office (remote working)
Contracts and Pricing Specialist 3ie, Washington, DC