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The current state of peacebuilding programming and evidence. 3ie Scoping Paper

The current state of peacebuilding programming and evidence. 3ie Scoping Paper | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it

This scoping paper by Annette N Brown, Faith McCollister, Drew B Cameron, and Jennifer Ludwig reviews the supply of and demand for evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews on peacebuilding interventions. The analysis focused on three inputs, which were presented according to a common framework of intervention and outcome categories developed by key stakeholders working in the area of peacebuilding. The first two inputs, a review of current and recent programming across 25 intervention categories and the results of a stakeholder survey, provide information on the demand for more and better evidence. The third input is a 3ie evidence gap map, which illustrates the evidence base of impact evaluations and thus the supply of evidence on intervention effectiveness.

The scoping paper reveals several areas where the demand for evidence is high and the supply is low. There are other areas where some evidence exists, but a high demand for evidence suggests the need for further research or for meta-analysis to synthesise the existing research.

3ie also produced an evidence gap map report which presents the evidence gap map (EGM) for the impact evaluation of peacebuilding interventions. It describes the scope and methods for the EGM and the analysis of the information in the map. 

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Asia Must Lift Productivity to Improve Growth and Well Being

Asia Must Lift Productivity to Improve Growth and Well Being | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
Asia and the Pacific needs to focus on increasing the overall productivity from its investments in physical, human, and natural capital, said a new annual review from Independent Evaluation at ADB.
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Working for DFID - Department for International Development - GOV.UK

Working for DFID - Department for International Development - GOV.UK | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
Up for a challenge? We're recruiting for a range of adviser posts. Find out more http://t.co/JSurtnv9my & apply http://t.co/jLW58ALfIm #jobs
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TC111: Technology for Monitoring and Evaluation

TC111: Technology for Monitoring and Evaluation | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
How do you use technology to get insight from information? Whether you work for a small nonprofit, large government agency, or private sector firm, the demand to capture and visualize quantifiable results has never been greater. This four week online certificate course will focus on building skills and strategies to better collect, manage, analyze and visualize data using a variety of ICT tools.
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Online training course on using ICT in M&E - early bird rates if you register before March 6th.

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Impact evaluation: UNICEF's briefs and videos

Impact evaluation: UNICEF's briefs and videos | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
Nikola Balvin, Knowledge Management Specialist at the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, presents new resources on impact evaluation and discusses how they can be used to support managers who commission impact evaluations.
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How on earth do you measure the impact of your events?

How on earth do you measure the impact of your events? | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
Think tank events can take many guises, have multiple objectives and target very different audiences. But measuring the impact and qualiy of these events is a murkey field. So how on earth do you measure the impact of your events?
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Not just for think tank events but relevant for any event organiser interested in the impact of their gatherings

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Do policy briefs change beliefs?

Do policy briefs change beliefs? | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
Impact evaluation evidence in developing countries is growing.

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An attempt to assess the extent to which policy briefs actually influence policy makers opinions

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Private climate finance in Sub-Saharan Africa: mapping incentives and investment

Private climate finance in Sub-Saharan Africa: mapping incentives and investment | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
This paper seeks to advance our understanding of the role that the private sector can and is playing in investing in solutions to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa, through more detailed sector level reviews of public and private, domestic and...
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Where is private sector climate investment going and why in Sub-Saharan Africa? A new applied methodology for addressing a global data gap

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Measuring Empowerment? Ask Them: Quantifying qualitative outcomes from people’s own analysis | Better Evaluation

Measuring Empowerment? Ask Them: Quantifying qualitative outcomes from people’s own analysis | Better Evaluation | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
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Measuring empowerment is difficult but this social movement from Bangladesh may have found one way of doing so

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Myths about microcredit and meta-analysis | Evidence Matters | Improving development policy and practice

Myths about microcredit and meta-analysis | Evidence Matters | Improving development policy and practice | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
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3ie's latest synthesis on the evidence on microcredit and poverty reduction: Microcredit and other small-scale financial services may have beneficial impacts for other outcomes, although other systematic reviews of impact evidence (here and here) suggest this is often not the case. But it doesn’t appear to stand up as a means of empowering women.

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3ie: Environmental and Socioeconomic Impacts of Mexico's Payments for Ecosystem Services Program

3ie: Environmental and Socioeconomic Impacts of Mexico's Payments for Ecosystem Services Program | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it

This study examines the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of Mexcio’s National Payments for Hydrological Services (PSAH) Programme from its start in 2003 through 2010. The programme goals include “compensating land owners for the environmental services provided by their forest lands.”  In 2006, they were modified to include poverty alleviation.

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This quasi-experimental study found positive environmental and socioeconomic impact from a PES programme aimed at increasing forest cover.

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Does Better Observation Make Better Teachers? 
Teacher evaluation pilot in Chicago

Does Better Observation Make Better Teachers? 
Teacher evaluation pilot in Chicago | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
New evidence from a teacher evaluation pilot in Chicago

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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How better teacher evaluation methods can lead to better education outcomes.

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Evidence for Peacebuilding: 3ie Evidence Gap Map Report

Evidence for Peacebuilding: 3ie Evidence Gap Map Report | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
RT @3ieNews: New Pub: 3ie evidence gap map report on #peacebuilding interventions http://t.co/pnOnDmUjLR http://t.co/IL2WFiBrh2
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Overview of existing and ongoing impact evaluations and/or systematic reviews.

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Building resilience and managing risk in fragile and conflict-affected states: A thematic evaluation of DFID’s multi-year approaches to humanitarian action in the Democratic Republic of Congo Ethio...

This inception report sets out the approach, work-plan and practical arrangements for the thematic evaluation of DFID’s multi-year humanitarian funding. The thematic evaluation will take place in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Sudan, and possibly one other country. It builds on the terms of reference and six months of scoping work, including evaluability assessments of the four countries. The evaluation is complex, and as a result the inception period has been invaluable in working out both conceptual and practical arrangements for its implementation. These are reflected in the inception report.

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Evidence Gap Maps-3ie

Evidence Gap Maps-3ie | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) has developed a series of ‘evidence gap maps’ (EGMs) to show the areas where systematic reviews and impact evaluations have been completed and provide a graphical representation of the strong, weak or non-existent evidence on the effects of development programmes and initiatives. Each of the three EGMs can be broken down by region, country and study design and are helpful tools for decision-makers, donors and researchers. 


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EGMs are very useful tools to show what we know and where the gaps in our knowledge is. They're also very difficult to create so these examples will be useful inspiration. 

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Evaluating Humanitarian Action

Evaluating Humanitarian Action | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
The e-learning is composed of the following 10 units: Introducing EHA Planning for utilisation Evaluation design Inception phase Desk review Engaging affected people Field methods: Evaluation under constraints Real-time evaluations ...
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Developing a research agenda for impact evaluation

Developing a research agenda for impact evaluation | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
Impact evaluation, like many areas of evaluation, is under-researched. Doing systematic research about evaluation takes considerable resources, and is often constrained by the availability of information about evaluation practice.
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Patricia Rogers and Greet Peersman reflect on what we need to know about impact evaluation

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Evaluating land and agrarian reform in South Africa: Final report

Evaluating land and agrarian reform in South Africa: Final report | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
A major achievement of the South African state and society during the first decade of democracy has been the creation of a land reform programme that is constitutionally protected.
DfID Regional Directorate's insight:

Evidence on the impact of land reform in South Africa post-apartheid

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Impact evaluation helps deliver development projects

Impact evaluation helps deliver development projects | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it

"Does research add value to aid? Specifically, does impact evaluation research help or hinder the delivery of development projects? This paper analyzes the question by constructing a new data set of 100 impact evaluations and 1,135 projects approved by the World Bank between 2005 and 2011"

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Towards Systemic Approaches to Evaluation and Impact

Towards Systemic Approaches to Evaluation and Impact | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
Bringing together two themes – impact of development interventions and implications of development within complex systems and settings – this issue gives prominence to both systems thinking and complexity science, two perspectives increasingly drawn on by evaluators.
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UNGA Resolution “Capacity building for Evaluation of Development activities at the Country-level”

UNGA Resolution “Capacity building for Evaluation of Development activities at the Country-level” | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
For the first time in the history of the United Nations - A landmark, stand-alone UN Resolution on national evaluation capacity development has been adopted by the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.
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UNGA adopts resolution on evaluation for creating the incentives for evidwence-based policy making

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Building state capacity for better programme implementation: Lessons from the Andhra Pradesh Smartcard Programme

Building state capacity for better programme implementation: Lessons from the Andhra Pradesh Smartcard Programme | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
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This column presents evidence on the impact of the Andhra Pradesh Smartcard Programme on MNREGS and Social Security Pension beneficiaries, based on a large-scale randomised controlled trial. It finds substantial economic benefits, and concludes that using biometric payment infrastructure to deliver welfare payments can be a game changer for governance in India

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3ie Working Paper 22: Methods for evaluating humanitarian relief programmes

3ie Working Paper 22: Methods for evaluating humanitarian relief programmes | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
This new paper by @3ieNews on methods for #ImpactEval of #humanitarian relief programs is an important development http://t.co/vD0iIDoN9h
DfID Regional Directorate's insight:

Since 2005, more than US$90 billion has been spent on humanitarian assistance. Humanitarian crises are complex situations where demand for aid very often exceeds supply. The humanitarian assistance community has long asked for better evidence on how aid money can be spent more effectively. This working paper aims to address this demand.

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What counts as good evidence? | Better Evaluation

What counts as good evidence? | Better Evaluation | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it

"Making better use of evidence is essential if public services are to deliver more for less. Central to this challenge is the need for a clearer understanding about standards of evidence that can be applied to the research informing social policy. This paper reviews the extent to which it is possible to reach a workable consensus on ways of identifying and labelling evidence. It does this by exploring the efforts made to date and the debates that have ensued. Throughout, the focus is on evidence that is underpinned by research, rather than other sources of evidence such as expert opinion or stakeholder views."

DfID Regional Directorate's insight:

The Alliance for Useful Evidence on the risks of using a hierarchy of evidence.

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