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60 Seconds with…Rachel Eager

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a senior consultant in technical excellence.

What does that involve?

I am member of the Itad Knowledge Hub team, supporting knowledge management, learning, and sharing of …

60 Seconds with…Esther Saville

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

What’s your job here at Itad? 

I recently joined Itad to take up a new position as Head of Knowledge Management, to support Itad to deliver technical excellence across its portfolio.

What does that involve?

I …

Learning from Financial Diaries

I was recently invited to a workshop on Financial Diaries (FDs), involving financial inclusion (FI) practitioners and experts in the field of FI research and programming. The workshop marked an important juncture for the field to come together to reflect and discuss the FD value proposition, and offered an opportunity to consider ideas for how FDs can be used in the …

60 Seconds with…Stefanie Wallach

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

Principal Consultant, leading the Organisational Effectiveness theme.

What does that involve?

A range of work, including being directly involved in conducting evaluations, …

60 Seconds with…Marc Theuss

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I am a Senior Consultant in the Health Theme.

What does that involve?

I am involved in managing several large evaluations, and am responsible for the design and management of the …

Let’s get practical: how to overcome monitoring challenges

Contribute to learning and innovation in the wider market systems community by sharing your practical stories on measuring market system changes.

How are we going to get better at monitoring and results measurement (MRM) on market systems development (MSD) programmes?

One thing is for sure, a lot of people in the market systems development community are trying …

Five lessons from the ODI Parliamentary Reception on Women’s Economic Empowerment

There is a possibility that by the end of 2016, three of the world’s largest economies (USA, UK, and Germany) will have a woman as their head of state. This may be an indicator of changing times, but the evidence is that women all over the world are still struggling just to access basic economic opportunities.

On the 26th October, ODI and Rachel Reeves MP hosted …

Webinar on measuring VfM in BER Programmes

In September 2016, we convened our first webinar for the Business Environment Reform Facility (BERF) to share lessons learnt on measuring Value for Money (VfM) in Business Environment Reform (BER) Programmes. It was the first of a series of multi-country knowledge sharing events organised by Itad for DFID and other organisations engaged in BER.

We presented …

60 Seconds with…Itad’s Health Theme

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. In an exciting new format, we’re talking to the entire Health Theme about what they do…

Who makes up the health theme?

The Health Theme is made up of five people, bringing together a complementary mix of experience and skills covering cutting edge …

Evidence and evaluation: What’s the Use?

As evaluators, we worry that all our hard work sometimes goes no further than the ‘Evaluation Report Shelf’.

At the recent European Evaluation Society 2016 conference, I presented some of the findings of the evaluation I lead of DFID’s Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme (HIEP), which has a focus on use of evidence, and I reflected on the use of …

What I learned at the CARES realist evaluation conference

A couple of weeks ago I attended the CARES realist evaluation conference at the Barbican Centre in London. It was a brilliant few days of reflection and debate about all things realist, and a great chance to discuss Itad’s first realist evaluation (of the Building Capacity to Use Evidence programme, or BCURE) with the wider community.  Here’s some of what I …

Itad at EES: Five takeaways from inside the QCA bubble

At this year’s European Evaluation Society (EES) conference, I found myself almost exclusively attending sessions related to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).

Two years ago, QCA was still the newbie at EES, but with seven sessions this year, the approach has taken a prominent role in European evaluation discourse and practice. Exciting applications and …

Demonstrating VfM within an M4P programme

Over the last 12 months, Itad has been developing a Value for Money (VfM) system for the Private Enterprise Programme Ethiopia (PEPE), a private sector development programme designed according to the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) methodology. Demonstrating VfM in an M4P programme poses particular conceptual and practical challenges as this blog briefly …

60 Seconds with…Ethel Sibanda

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a Principal Consultant in the Social Protection and Livelihoods (SP&L) theme.

What does that involve?

My role is quite diverse. For example, I’m working on growing the …

The role of capacity assessment in ensuring contextually appropriate capacity support

Towards the end of last year, Itad’s Organisational Effectiveness theme conducted an evaluation of Norway’s support to public sector capacity development.

This is the last blog of a three part series exploring findings from the study.  The first looked at the factors that explain Norway’s success in supporting capacity development, the second focused on …

Dismantling patriarchy in Nigeria

At Itad, we work on different programmes that aim to support gender equality in Nigeria. Getting a deeper understanding of the changes that people are experiencing, the context in which these changes are happening, and the contributions different programmes are making, is key.

That’s what made me curious about ‘#HowToFixNigeria: Dismantling Patriarchy’, a …

60 Seconds with…Benjamin Stephens

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

Project Administrator

What does that involve?

Being a Project Administrator involves producing contracts, processing finances and responding to inquiries.  It also involves a number …

Assessing the value of evaluations

What’s an appropriate amount of money to spend on an evaluation?  It’s a difficult question to answer. It’s difficult because it depends.

It depends on how big the programme is that you want to evaluate. It depends on the magnitude of the decision the evaluation is contributing to.  It depends on whether the evaluation might generate benefits beyond the …

Why innovation prizes for development are interesting to evaluate

Itad is working in collaboration with IMC on Ideas to Impact, a DFID-funded programme supporting research and development in climate technologies for developing countries. Itad is leading the design and implementation of Ideas to Impact’s monitoring & evaluation. In this blog, the team share what they’ve found different about monitoring and evaluating …

Norwegian Aid and Adaptive Programming

Towards the end of last year Itad’s Organisational Effectiveness theme conducted an evaluation of Norway’s support to public sector capacity development.

This is the second of three blogs, which explore the findings from the study.  The first looked at the factors that explain Norway’s success in supporting capacity development, this one focuses on how well …

Evaluation of Norway’s support to Capacity Development

Towards the end of last year Itad’s Organisational Effectiveness theme conducted an evaluation of Norway’s support to public sector capacity development.  This is the first of three blogs, which explore the findings from the study.

This first blog looks at the factors that explain Norway’s success in supporting capacity development. The second blog focuses …

60 Seconds with…Alex Cornelius

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a consultant working under the Livelihoods and Social Protection theme.

What does that involve?

Quite a lot of things, and it can vary! I’m working on a number of projects …

Measuring social norm change: where do we go from here?

In June 2016, I had the pleasure of joining a select group of social norm measurement aficionados, including researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, John Hopkins University, the University of California, San Diego and practitioners from Care USA, Promundo, and Tostan.

Our aim was to share our respective experiences of measuring social …

Itad’s Gender Snapshot Review: charting the way forward for mainstreaming gender within our work and operations

In September last year, Itad joined the HeforShe global campaign for gender equality.  We took this decision with the intention of strengthening our gender focus, both in our monitoring and evaluation work, and in our internal operations.  Since then, we have certainly not been idle!

To map out a way forward, we decided to review how gender currently features in …

Moving targets and going in circles

My procrastination has paid off. I have been meaning to write a short blog about one of the final knowledge pieces to come out of the SAVI programme (for more information have a look at SAVI’s website) in Nigeria, now that the programme has finished.

I was aiming to blog about a paper we have published, reflecting on what we have learnt about doing M&E in a …

Evaluating complex change across projects and contexts: Methodological lessons from a macro evaluation of DFID’s social accountability portfolio

This blog is part of a series of blogs aimed at sharing our experiences with DFID’s macro evaluations. Background information about the macro evaluations as well as details on the methodology applied can be found here.
In April 2016, we presented methodological lessons from our macro evaluation of DFID’s Empowerment and Accountability policy frame at the UK …

60 Seconds with…Rachel Norman

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I am Senior Consultant, providing maternity cover. As part of this role, I am the Deputy Programme Manager for the DFID WASH Results Programme and the Lead Evaluator for the Sanitation …

Six Lessons from the 2016 UK Evaluation Society Conference

Itad was well represented at this years’ UK Evaluation Society (UKES) conference; we were involved in five presentations across a range of subjects (though all rooted in this years’ theme of ‘complexity’), and we had several staff members among the general delegates. Here, some of them reflect on the lessons they took away from the …

Itad’s Realist Evaluation week – Three Lessons from the BRACED session

One of the evaluation questions Itad is seeking to answer for DFID’s BRACED programme is: how and why have different ‘packages’ of activities strengthened resilience in particular contexts?

The evaluation team are applying a Realist Evaluation (RE) approach to answer this question, but are challenged by the fact that they are not responsible for the data …

The Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) evaluation: Another piece of evidence supporting the value of multi-stakeholder approaches

Itad, in cooperation with Pamoja, recently completed an evaluation of the Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA).

MeTA was a DFID-funded initiative, coordinated by Health Action International (HAI) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), and implemented in seven pilot countries (Ghana, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, the Philippines, Uganda and Zambia) from 2008. The …

60 Seconds with…Julia Hamaus

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I am a consultant working on projects within Itad’s Governance, Empowerment, Accountability and Gender themes.

What does that involve?

It involves designing, managing and …

60 Seconds with…Ed Hedley

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

Consultant in the PSD theme

What does that involve?

Designing monitoring frameworks for private sector development-focused programmes and conducting programme evaluations

How did …

BEAM citizens, bring out your evidence!

As many of you may have seen on the BEAM Exchange webpage, newsletter, and LinkedIn, BEAM is appealing to you, the BEAM community, for your evidence on market systems development projects. We want you to know the reasons why this search for evidence is so important:

We want to build on our existing learning culture

You only have to look at the healthy …

60 Seconds with…Tara Stearn

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

Systems and Facilities Coordinator

What does that involve?

The coordination and day to day management of Itad’s Office Facilities. (We are currently spread over 4 office …

60 Seconds with…Emmeline Willcocks

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I am Itad’s Communications Officer.

What does that involve?

I lead on our internal and external communications – this ranges from scheduling and coordinating our marketing …

Strengthening the enabling environment for young women’s empowerment in Nigeria: unpacking Voices for Change vision of change

On International Women’s Day, Claire Hughes, who leads Itad’s work on gender, reflects on the Voices for Change pathway to empowering young women in Nigeria.

Last week I had the privilege of working with the Voices for Change project team on their theory of change.  Itad is a core partner on this innovative 5 year DFID supported programme, which aims to …

60 Seconds with…Grace Elliott

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I am the Administration Assistant

What does that involve?

I have a varied and diverse role at Itad, helping to provide support across all teams and areas of the company. I provide …

AIDS, TB and Malaria: What difference is the Global Fund making?

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria is one of the most important financers of AIDS, TB and malaria in the world, in many countries it is the major source of finances for prevention, treatment and care of these three diseases.  So asking what difference it is making is highly relevant to larger discussions around global health and development.

In 2015 …

Aligning methods to inspire and monitor change

Saturday 6th February marked International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM, sparking much discussion amongst the international development community on how more work is desperately needed to combat this harmful practice, which UNICEF estimate has now directly affected over 200 million women and girls across the world.

Despite having been illegal for many years in a …

Gender Equality: what’s in it for men?

When we talk about gender equality, aren’t we talking about women’s participation and empowerment? So why work with men? Involving men and boys in programmes on gender equality is something that has been overlooked for many years, but there is increasing evidence that in order to address gender inequality effectively, men have to become part of the debate and …

Flexible and Adaptive…How Original

The title of this post relates to how adaptive programming was presented at a recent donor meeting, the aim being to profile a soon-to-be tendered new programme. And it’s right. In a short space of time, these words (flexible and adaptive) have become included in nearly all new calls for proposals, as well as being a hot topic of discussion in development circles …

The ‘almost revolution’ of thinking and working politically

Last week, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of stimulating hours with colleagues at ODI discussing where we have got to with the “almost revolution” of thinking and working politically, and where we need to go from here.  The discussion with policy-makers (DFID), practitioners and researchers was held to reflect on the experience presented in David Booth …

Better understanding and measuring resilience

The concept of ‘resilience’ has gained a lot of attention in the development sector recently, attention which has translated into large scale investment in resilience building programmes and partnerships (See DFID BRACED, Global Resilience Partnership, USAID). There has been much lively debate about how best to conceptualise resilience in the context of …

How to evaluate if a programme really makes markets work for the poor – 10 Key points

Lots has been written about what can be achieved using a market systems or M4P approach, and similarly there also appears to be a consensus among practitioners that the approach can yield important benefits for poor people. However, robust evaluation evidence that actually demonstrates impact is thinner on the ground.

There are relatively few examples of rigorous …

Can ICTs help citizens to raise concerns over water supply? – Findings from a research project under the making all voices count initiative

The latest World Development Report focuses on Digital Dividends. This is a timely topic in the water sector, where information and communication technologies (ICTs) are seen to have a great potential to help improve the reliability and sustainability of water supply services. But have past ICT initiatives in the sector walked the walk? Our findings, published in the …

A Ridiculously Short Introduction to Monitoring & Evaluation for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Market Systems Development*

So you want to measure and/or evaluate a programme with Women’s Economic Empowerment? The programme is using a market systems approach? Don’t know where to start? I was equally curious. Luckily, a number of very smart and experienced people have written and spoken on the subject. Below are some of the key points that stuck with me while I’ve been reading up on this …

Can football tackle violence against women and girls? Six findings from our baseline study in Kenya.

Itad is working with the British Council and the Premier League on an innovative project, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development, which aims to tackle violence against women and girls through football.

The three-year programme is working to change inequitable attitudes towards girls and women among communities in Western Kenya. It is doing …

60 Seconds with…Barbora Sladkova

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a Business Development Administrator.

What does that involve?

Business development is mainly about bidding for tenders – coordinating proposals, analysing terms of reference, …