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What has DFID funded in the area of Empowerment and Accountability and Gender equality?

The answer is not as straightforward as you may think. We had to figure it out whilst working on two evaluations for DFID, one of its gender policy – the Strategic Vision for Girls and Women, and the other of its Empowerment and Accountability policy. We needed to understand how these policies are reflected in DFID projects, and we also wanted to put the …

Getting to grips with the DFID Macro Evaluations

We were absolutely elated when, in February 2014, DFID awarded Itad, on behalf of the ePact consortium, the contract to conduct macro evaluations of their gender policy – the Strategic Vision for Girls and Women – and their Empowerment and Accountability policy.
Our initial reaction
Both macro evaluations are high profile, challenging pieces of work, but for …

Five things I learned from the Leeds Realist Evaluation Conference (including why The Wire really is the best television show ever)

On November 4th and 5th I attended the conference ‘State of the Art Realist Methodologies’ in Leeds, hosted by the University of Leeds. Here are some of the highlights for me.

*Disclaimer: This post dives straight into Realist Evaluation concepts – my apologies to the uninitiated.

1. I learned that we are not alone in our struggle to explain Realist …

The Rigour Arguments in Impact Evaluations

Abdulkareem Lawal, Principal Consultant, shares his reflections from attending an Impact Evaluation course at the Institute of Development Studies in April 2015.

As a Doctoral student some 10 years ago, I struggled with my Professors on what constituted rigour when I was preparing for my dissertation field work. My research looked at the social and economic …

60 Seconds with…Giada Tu Thanh

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Giada had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

I am a consultant working mainly for the health theme.

What does that involve?

Together with other internal and external consultants, I conduct evaluations of health-related …

Reflections on an Expert Roundtable on Results-Based Payments

This week, Itad organised and hosted an Expert Roundtable as part of its ongoing assignment for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) looking at results-based payments in the area of governance.

Participants represented the Department for International Development (DFID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), …

Is core funding really all it’s cracked up to be?

Core[i] funding: NGOs prize it highly and very few donors provide it without a lot of strings attached.

In 2014 Itad was asked to deliver an evaluation of PSI’s Mozambique country platform, which has a unique relationship with its main institutional funder, the Dutch Foreign Ministry.  This unusual relationship resulted in PSI Mozambique getting core funding …

60 Seconds with…Jessica Rust-Smith

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Jessie had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

I am a Consultant in the Private Sector Development & Wealth Creation theme. I have been a staff member at Itad since June 2014.

What does that involve?

I work on a variety of …

60 Seconds with…Jon Cooper

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Jon had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad? 

I am an Associate Director, and I am responsible for the Human and Social Development Cluster of our evaluation themes, comprising Health, Social Protection & Livelihoods, and …

Accountability and protection: two sides of the same coin – Lessons from DFID’s accountability programming in the Philippines

This blog is written by Mary Ann Brocklesby and Katie Tong, who were team members on the recent Itad evaluation of DFID’s humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 

Accountability to affected populations (AAP) is one of three relatively newly emerging and interlinked cross-cutting areas of humanitarian work, together with Communicating with …

Climate: What’s Changed, What Hasn’t, What we can do about it

Some reflections from a monitoring and evaluation perspective on the lecture delivered by the OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria, chaired by Lord Stern.

With precious few official negotiating days left in the remaining six months ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris, the title of the lecture delivered by the OECD Secretary General Angel …

Reflections on a Seminar on Intervention Logic and Contribution Analysis at the EC

A few weeks ago, I attended a seminar on intervention logic and contribution analysis, organised by EuropeAid and delivered by Steve Montague. A lot of the seminar was based on Funnell and Roger’s Purposeful Program Theory, but it was nevertheless a useful refresher and generated some reflections on divisions in evaluation markets and how to better visualise …

60 Seconds with…Robbie Gregorowski

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Robbie had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

I lead the Climate Change theme at Itad, and I have recently been appointed as an Associate Director – I first joined Itad in 2009.

What does that involve?

I manage and lead …

60 Seconds with…Rob Lloyd

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Rob had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m one of the Associate Directors and I lead the companies’ work on Organisational Effectiveness.

What does that involve?

It involves winning work, managing work, and then trying …

Evaluating and Verifying Payment by Results Programmes

Highlights of the discussion about verification and evaluation of Payment By Results in our chat show at the UK Evaluation Society Conference.

A session at the UK Evaluation Society conference in May 2015 compared two Payment by Results (PbR) programmes in different sectors. The discussion revealed that although PbR programmes can be set up in very different …

Learning from HIEP on Evaluation Methodology

As team leader of the evaluation of DFID’s Humanitarian Innovation and Evaluation Programme (HIEP) I am learning a lot about leading a theory-based evaluation of a complex programme over five years!

HIEP is a UK£48 million programme made up of 16 projects carried out with partners from the academic, humanitarian and policy arenas around the world. It aims to …

Improving Evidence Use in Government Decision-Making

Some thoughts from a case study in fragile/conflict-affected environments.

I recently attended the second annual roundtable meeting of the Africa Cabinet Government Network (ACGN) in Accra. The Network brings together Cabinet Secretaries and secretariat staff across twelve African governments to share knowledge, experiences and lessons in using evidence in Cabinet …

Process Tracing in Impact Evaluation: Potentials and Pitfalls

This year, the United Kingdom Evaluation Society Conference looked at influencing impact through innovation and inclusion. The need to experiment with new methods and approaches is particularly pertinent for the evaluation of advocacy and policy change initiatives. For example, if we want to find out whether and how a particular campaign has contributed to a …

60 Seconds with…Vishal Gadhavi

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Vishal had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

I am a consultant in the social protection and rural livelihoods thematic area.

What does that involve?

Working on projects providing technical guidance and support. This can …

Introducing DFID WASH Results

By 2015 the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation will be halved (according to Millennium Development Goal 7c.) Yet, millions of people worldwide still lack access to improved water supply and the sanitation target is severely off track.

The DFID WASH Results Programme aims to support poor people to …

Public launch of Final Evaluation Report on EU Support to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Partner Countries

Itad is proud to see the Final Evaluation Report of the EU’s Support to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Partner Countries publicly launched.

Itad conducted this evaluation on behalf of the European Commission from July 2013-April 2015, working in partnership with COWI Belgium.   You can find the final evaluation report here.  …

60 Seconds with…Dane Rogers

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Dane had to say…

What’s your job at Itad

Non-Executive Director (a role I share with Julian Barr)

What does that involve?

Providing strategic guidance and support to our Senior Management Team; strengthening our governance …

Improving the Practice of Value for Money Assessment

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) – our joint evaluation innovation centre with IDS and UEA, has just published a Practice Paper on Value for Money (VFM) by Angela Christie and me.

This presents Itad views developed over the last couple of years, working on a range of VFM assignments, and builds on the methodological paper we produced recently. We also …

Monitoring and Evaluating Flexible and Adaptive Programming

A couple of weeks ago I was at DFID, representing DFID Nigeria to present lessons from the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) project we are doing with GRM. The event was an internal learning event on Monitoring and Evaluating Flexible and Adaptive Programming.

SAVI has been involved in wider debates on adaptive programming (there was an earlier …

Making Results Systems Work Part 3 – What Drives Evaluation Quality?

While the last two posts in the ‘making results systems work’ series have been looking at result system in a broad sense, today we’ll focus specifically on evaluation.

In the special edition of the Journal of Development Effectiveness we contributed an article on how Norad’s Evaluation Department manages evaluations and whether they do this in a way …

Making Results Systems Work Part 2 – A Framework for thinking about Leadership on Results

Last week, we wrote about the different models of results systems. The focus was very much on the ‘hardware’ of results measurement: processes, systems, structures.  Today we’re looking at the ‘software’ side of things and specifically the role of leadership in creating an effective results measurement system.

Time and time again at Itad we have conduct …

60 Seconds with…Morris Lab

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Morris had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a Project Officer (PO) in a team of POs supporting Itad Project Managers to manage a portfolio of jobs and projects from implementation stage through to completion.

What does …

Making Results Systems Work Part 1 – Comparing the Results Measurement Systems of Development Agencies

One of the key areas of interest to the Organisational Effectiveness Theme at Itad is understanding how to make results measurement and evaluation systems work more effectively.  So, when we were approached to contribute two articles to a special edition of the Journal of Development Effectiveness on agency-wide performance measurement systems, and a practice paper …

International Women’s Day and Measuring Social Norms

The world celebrated International Women’s Day at the weekend. It made me reflect on how invigorating it has been to start working in this space.

I have had the pleasure to work with some very dedicated individuals (women and men) on an innovative women and girls empowerment programme in Nigeria, called Voices for Change (V4C). The Gender in Nigeria report …

Careers in Evaluation and Consulting

Last week I was at the University of East Anglia, having been asked by Maren Duvendack (one of the UEA members of the Centre of Development Impact) to talk at the School of International Development (DEV)’s careers event.

This event is one of a number of activities DEV puts on to support its students in thinking about careers and life after DEV. The audience was …

Seminar on the challenges of measurement in conflict-affected contexts at PRDU

Once a year I have the privilege of teaching a seminar on monitoring and evaluation in conflict-affected environments at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), University of York. It means that I get to spend three hours with a bunch of highly intelligent and motivated MA students from a diverse range of backgrounds, but all united by their …

60 Seconds with…David Bevis

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what David had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

After various different job roles, I am now Itad’s Commercial Manager.

What does that involve?

This is a fairly new role to Itad, that is centred around the externally facing …

60 Seconds with…David Fleming

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what David had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

I am a Senior Consultant and lead Itad’s portfolio of monitoring and evaluating in conflict and post-conflict environments.

What does that involve?

It mostly involves working on …