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The Norwegian Aid Administration’s Practice of Results-Based Management

Itad Associate Director Rob Lloyd was in Oslo on 9th March 2018 talking about our evaluation of the Norwegian Aid Administration’s Practice of Results-Based Management.

The focus of this evaluation, commissioned by the independent evaluation department in Norad and conducted with the Chr. Michelsen Institute, was to understand how RBM works in practice within …

Itad at SG2018: The Power of Savings Groups

As part of our work with the Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab, Itad is a conference partner at SG2018: The Power of Savings Groups in Rwanda this May.

Convened by one of the Savings Learning Lab partners, the SEEP Network, the conference is a platform for attendees to connect, engage and learn from each other about the challenges and opportunities they …

Itad at the DCED-BEAM seminar

Itad’s Mollie Liesner, James Robinson and Edward Hedley will be joining policy makers, funders and practitioners to discuss results measurement and market systems development at an upcoming DCED-BEAM seminar in Nairobi.

Drawing on their work from across our Private Sector Development, Markets and Trade theme, they will be presenting in four sessions:

Mollie …

Routes to resilience: Insights from BRACED year 2

BRACED projects cover a wide range of issues, from securing, servicing and promoting trans-border livestock mobility across the Sahel, to sharing skills and technology to improve the uptake of climate information in Ethiopia, to supporting smallholder farmers in Nepal to take advantage of economic opportunities and investments in climate-smart technologies.

Itad, …

Project update – Winter 2017

Our technical themes have started work across varied and interesting projects over the last six months, here we look at some of the highlights.

Climate change theme broadens work on measuring resilience

Itad’s Climate Change theme are conducting a Strategic Evaluation of the World Food Programme’s Support for Enhanced Resilience. Through this evaluation, we …

Theme updates – Winter 2017

It’s been a busy 2017 across the company. Here, each of our technical themes gives us a quick insight into what their highlights have been.

BRACED team publish two new papers

The members of the Climate Change theme working on BRACED have spent the last 6 months analysing and synthesising qualitative evidence from year 2 of the programme. The findings have …

Centre for Development Impact Update – Winter 2017

The past six months have seen some exciting changes at the Centre for Development Impact (CDI).

We welcomed our new director, Giel Ton, who, as a research fellow at IDS brings with him significant experience in the design of mixed-methods impact evaluations in agricultural value chains and private-sector development, and new deputy director, Rachel Eager, who, as …

Itad at the Joint Evaluation Conference

The Itad team are excited to be attending the Joint Evaluation Conference in Guanajuato, Mexico, organised by ReLAC, REDLACME and IDEAS.

The theme of the conference is ‘Evaluation for the Sustainable Development Goals: transforming life through global and regional partnerships’, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Itad’s Vicky Sword-Daniels …

Collaborative Resilience Evidence and Action in Cities

Itad, in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) and Slum Dwellers International (SDI) has been awarded a grant to explore resilience planning processes within cities. The project will pilot ways to strengthen the connections between city-level resilience planning and slum dwellers through integrating SDI’s Know Your City data into the 100RC Resilience …

Itad at 15th annual Development and Climate days

Itad’s Vicky Sword-Daniels and Robbie Gregorowski will be at the 15th annual Development and Climate days event at COP23 held alongside the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany. More than 300 policymakers, researchers and development practitioners are expected to attend the two-day event, which has the theme ‘Global ambition. Local action. Climate resilience for …

Itad at American Evaluation 2017

Itad’s Rob Lloyd and Andrew McConnochie are at the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference, where they will be joining in discussions around the conference theme of ‘from learning to action’.

Rob will be leading two sessions on Friday 10th November:

At 11am in Madison B room, he will be sharing insights from our impact evaluation of DFID’s …

The role of evidence in a changing world

Many citizens (especially in Africa and Asia) have been left behind by the growing global economy and technological innovation. This rising inequality is further advanced by conflict, insecurity and migration.
In the US, UK and Europe – especially following the Brexit vote and the Trump presidency – we have seen the policy space polarised with an increasing …

Global Savings Groups Conference 2018

As part of our work with the Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab, Itad is supporting the Global Savings Groups Conference 2018, convened by The SEEP Network.

SG2018 will take place in Rwanda, from the 22nd to the 24th May, and will offer a platform for attendees to connect, engage and learn from each other about the challenges and opportunities they face …

GPSA webinar: What works for social accountability? Findings from DFID’s Macro Evaluation

4th October, 3pm BST.

In 2014 DFID commissioned Itad, through the e‑Pact consortium, to undertake a macro evaluation of its Empowerment and Accountability policy frame, which came into effect in 2011. The analysis focussed on social accountability approaches to E&A and worked to generate learning from DFID’s project portfolio about what works, for whom, in …

BRACED: Introducing the Resilience Exchange

BRACED is helping people become more resilient to climate extremes. As part of our monitoring, evaluation and learning role with the programme’s Knowledge Manager, Itad is supporting knowledge generation and lesson learning and has contributed to a new flagship report, the Resilience Exchange (Rx).

The RX shares what the 120+ organisations involved in BRACED …

‘Catalyzing Transformative Change’ – Itad at the SEEP Network Annual Conference

This October Itad will be joining development practitioners, funders, researchers and private sector actors at the 2017 SEEP Network Annual Conference in Washington DC. Under this year’s theme, ‘Catalyzing Transformative Change’, we will be contributing to sector understanding of approaches that bring about large scale positive change in markets and financial …

Itad joins GPSA as Global Partner

Itad has joined the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) as a Global Partner. In doing so, we have joined organisations from around the world to further GPSA’s aims and participate in knowledge exchange.

More information about the GPSA:

Established in 2012 by the World Bank’s Board of Directors, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability …

Project update – summer 2017

During the first half of 2017, Itad has continued to start new work with a range of clients, across our themes.

The health theme is working with UNICEF on a formative evaluation of their health systems strengthening (HSS) approaches. They are examining two separate but inter-related domains of UNICEF’s engagement in HSS – how UNICEF as an organisation is …

Northern Ghana Millennium Villages Impact Evaluation: Preliminary Report on the Fourth Round of Data

The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) has been designed to demonstrate how an integrated approach to community-led development can translate the international Millennium Development Goals into results. The project in northern Ghana is one of several projects instigated over the past 10 years, which together are set to reach nearly half a million people across 10 …

Centre for Development Impact Update – Summer 2017

We’ve had a busy start to 2017 at the Centre for Development Impact.

We ran a short course at the Institute of the Development Studies on ‘Designing Effective Ways to Evaluate Impact’ and had a fantastic group of participants who enjoyed exploring alternative causal thinking and different design choices to address real-life evaluation challenges. The School …

We’ve moved!

Itad is excited to announce that our team has moved to a new location in central Hove.

We’ve spent 12 years in English Business Park, and our offices have served us well but are no longer fit for purpose (even though we’ve been lucky to have been able to move into neighbouring units as our company has grown over the last few years!)

Our new space has given …

Final report: Impact evaluation of the DFID Programme to accelerate improved nutrition for the extreme poor in Bangladesh

Itad, as part of a consortium with the Institute of Development Studies, the International Food Policy Research Institute, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, and the Center for Natural Resource Studies, delivered a process evaluation and cost-effectiveness assessment as part of the wider impact evaluation of an innovative hybrid programme linking …

Itad at the 2017 UK Evaluation Society conference

Several staff represented Itad at this years’ UKES conference on ‘demonstrating and improving the usefulness of evaluation’. They spoke on a range of subjects from the utility of evaluation to the role of accountability and learning in evaluation.

On Wednesday, Greg Gleed discussed recent Itad projects that have evaluated the quality and utility of …

The Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab Update

The Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab is a six-year initiative implemented by Itad, in partnership with the SEEP Network. The Lab’s aim is to support learning among the Foundation’s savings sector portfolio programmes through increased alignment and effectiveness of monitoring and evaluation, and through the generation, synthesis, curation and …

Itad launches new Gender and Empowerment theme

Itad is pleased to announce the launch of a new Gender and Empowerment Theme, led by principal consultant Claire Hughes.

Our decision to launch a theme focused entirely on Gender is significant. We have worked on gender projects for several years but they formed part of our wider Empowerment and Accountability theme, so promoting gender equality didn’t always …

New household data from Ghana project available for re-analysis

Are you looking for an interesting research project where you can undertake your own analysis of existing datasets? If yes, then some of our evaluation data might help!


The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) was created to explicitly demonstrate how the Millennium Development Goals could be achieved at the local level, using an integrated and scaled-up set …

New BEAM Exchange platform

As part of our work with the BEAM Exchange, we have launched a new platform for practitioners to share and read stories of challenges to monitoring and results measurement on programmes applying a market systems development approach.

The platform provides a space for programme-to programme learning, to support the community by sharing stories of the challenges …

Adolescents 360 – Baseline Survey Request for Proposals, Ethiopia

Itad is seeking a service provider to conduct a baseline survey for the Adolescent 360 (A360) programme in Ethiopia.

The survey will be undertaken on behalf of Itad, who leads the consortium for the evaluation, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), which leads the outcome evaluation for the programme. More information can found in the …

Adolescents 360 – Baseline Survey Request for Proposals, Tanzania

Itad is seeking a service provider to conduct a baseline survey for the Adolescent 360 (A360) programme in Illemela District in Mwanza Region, Tanzania.

The survey will be undertaken on behalf of Itad, who leads the consortium for the evaluation, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), which leads the outcome evaluation for the programme. …

Adolescents 360 – Baseline Survey Request for Proposals, Nigeria

Itad is seeking a service provider to conduct a baseline survey for the Adolescent 360 (A360) programme in two states of Nigeria.

The survey will be undertaken on behalf of Itad, who leads the consortium for the evaluation, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), which leads the outcome evaluation for the programme. More information can …

Centre for Development Impact Update – Winter 2016

Over the last six months, the Centre for Development Impact (CDI) has continued to contribute to learning and debates about the way we evaluate impact.

Our partnership with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the University of East Anglia (UEA) cuts across disciplines, policy research areas and evaluation silos, and provides a ‘space’ to convene and …

Itad Project Update – Winter 2016

Over the last six months, Itad has continued to secure work across all our themes, through which we can drive more effective use of resources in international development.

We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with OPM on DFID’s Global Evaluation Framework Agreement (GEFA II), and to working on two Dutch Government evaluation frameworks: the …

Itad Knowledge Hub

Itad has created the Knowledge Hub, a new internal team whose aim is to support and strengthen our knowledge, and enable the company to deliver our core values of technical excellence and collaboration and learning.

The hub provides company-wide support for Itad’s learning and knowledge sharing by:

facilitating knowledge sharing and management
acting as …

Itad at the What Works Global Summit 2016

This week Itad’s Rob Lloyd and associate Isabel Vogel will be on a panel at the 2016 What Works Global Summit in London, discussing ‘global perspectives on the use of evidence’.

Using experience from our evaluation of DFID’s BCURE programme, they will present on ‘what works in building capacity for evidence informed policy making’. If you are at the …

Itad at the European Evaluation Society Conference 2016

Itad staff and associates will be at this year’s European Evaluation Society (EES) Conference in Maastricht, the Netherlands, presenting and taking part in workshops on a range of topics.

Mel Punton will share reflections from our realist evaluation of BCURE in a session on ‘Realist Evaluation: Feasibility and Challenges’, and, in conjunction with Sarah …

Itad at SEEP2016

This week, Itad’s Charley Clarke will be at The SEEP Network’s annual conference in Arlington, Virginia, participating in two sessions as part of the ‘Getting and Using the Right Kinds of Evidence’ technical track.

At 11am (UTC) on Tuesday, Charley will be part of a discussion on ‘understanding Systemic Change in Market Systems’, exploring lessons and …

Itad at SOCAP16

This week Itad’s Charley Clarke and Sam McPherson will be at SOCAP16, a conference ‘at the intersection of money and meaning’, exploring how we can help impact investors, social entrepreneurs and others understand how their investments are delivering social impact.

Measuring the impact of impact investing is vital for understanding what works and why, and …

Itad Project Update – Summer 2016

Itad’s themes have started some exciting work on projects with a range of clients this year.

The Health theme is leading an evaluation of UNICEF’s efforts to support scale up of prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and Paediatric HIV care and treatment programs over the past decade. The theme is also implementing the Fifth Monitoring Round …


Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, we wish to reconfirm our commitment to working internationally with development organisations within the UK and globally, and in the way we value and employ staff from around the world. There is no change in the status of any Itad projects.

Our focus on helping to ensure that international development …

Centre for Development Impact Update – Summer 2016

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) has been very active over the last six months, publishing several CDI Practice Papers, holding (and attending) seminars and events, and furthering ways to broaden the way we evaluate impact.

We’ve published six CDI Practice Papers, adding to our substantial archive:

Qualitative Comparative Analysis: A Valuable Approach …

Itad joins Social Norms Community of Practice

Itad’s Claire Hughes will be joining a working group of researchers, practitioners, and donors next week in Baltimore for a two-day meeting exploring how social norms change can be facilitated and measured in the field, particularly with regards to gender-based violence.

The overall goal of the working group is to create a community to help researchers and …

How can capacity development promote evidence-informed policy making?

An evaluation team from Itad has been examining how and why different approaches to capacity building for evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) work, for whom, and in which contexts.

The team’s findings are part of a three-year realist impact evaluation of the Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) programme that aims to strengthen the global …

Webinar: Going forwards in circles – adaptive management for complex problems, like climate change

Itad’s Non-Executive Director Julian Barr, held a BRACED webinar in June 2016 to explore flexible and adaptive programming in the complex field of Climate Change.

Development is increasingly dealing with complex problems such as climate change and conflict. Blueprint project plans don’t tend to work in such situations – solutions are more like to emerge …

Itad spends week with Realist Evaluation expert Gill Westhorp

This April, Itad spent an informative and enlightening week with Realist Evaluation (RE) expert, Dr Gill Westhorp. Gill is the Director of Community Matters, a consultancy based in south Australia, and having her here, with her extensive RE experience, provided us with an opportunity to learn and improve our practices and programmes.

Included in the week …

Itad at the 2016 UKES Conference

Itad had lots of representatives at this years’ UK Evaluation Society (UKES) Conference, speaking on a range of subjects from measuring resilience in complex contexts to championing change through evaluation.

Dave Wilson and Robbie Gregorowski reflected on the lessons they are learning on our BRACED project, in particular how they have translated …

How MEL systems provide answers for development in a warming world

This Earth Day, Itad’s Sarah Standley, Robbie Gregorowski, and Dave Wilson reflect on how MEL systems provide answers for development in a warming world in this featured piece on Devex.

They consider applying MEL systems to climate change, the critical importance of accountability, evaluative learning, as well as flexible and adaptive programming.

Find out …

60 Second Interviews

Over the past couple of years, staff from across Itad have been doing 60 Second Interviews.

Not only do they give you a snapshot of our monitoring and evaluation expertise, but also of our project management, human resources and business development functions, the wide variety of backgrounds our staff have (from commercial law to furniture retail!) and the diverse …

Latest CDI Practice Papers Out

The Centre for Development Impact has recently published a series of Practice Papers:

Practice Paper 18 – Reflections from a Realist Evaluation in Progress: Scaling Ladders and Stitching Theory

This CDI Practice Paper, written by Melanie Punton, Isabel Vogel, and Rob Lloyd, reflects on the first year of a three-year realist impact evaluation, examining the …

New Project Highlights

We have started work on many exciting new projects this year.

Our PSD theme is leading an impact assessment of the Dutch Good Growth Fund, as well as a retrospective impact assessment of the Financial Sector Deepening Trust of Tanzania. In a major DFID funded programme, the Business Environment Reform Facility, Itad is responsible for the cross-DFID lesson …

Centre for Development Impact Update

This has been a formative year for the Centre for Development Impact (CDI). We have spent much of the year reflecting on the major global challenges of our time (inequality, insecurity, sustainability) and what this implies for the way we evaluate impact on the poorest and most marginalised.

We have sought to move beyond narrow methodological debates …

New Frontiers for Evaluation Update

Working with Wilton Park, the Centre for Development Impact (CDI) recently co-hosted a major international conference on ‘New Frontiers for Evaluation’ – the IDEAS Global Assembly, happening in Bangkok this week, will also build on these discussions.

Over several decades now, we have seen dramatic shifts in the way in which middle income and low income …

Itad is evolving…again

Itad’s ownership and management has undergone another significant evolution, in line with our long term strategy for the company’s development.

In early October 2015 we implemented a change in Itad’s ownership and at the same time welcomed a private equity investment from Foresight Group. This follows a Management Buyout in 2011 when our founding directors, …

Itad joins the HeforShe global campaign

It is with enormous pleasure that I am able to announce Itad’s affiliation to the global HeforShe campaign, which seeks to mobilise 1 million men and boys around the work to accelerate the achievement of gender equality.

In the words of UNWomen, the creator of the HeforShe campaign, the “HeForShe journey begins with the affirmation that gender equality is not …

Itad begins work to support monitoring, evaluation and learning for the UK Government’s International Climate Fund

Itad, providing monitoring and evaluation expertise, is a core partner in a consortium led by IMC Worldwide delivering multi-year, multi-country support to the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) processes for the International Climate Fund (ICF).

The ICF receives contributions from the Department for International Development (DFID), the Department of …

Webinar – Testing the waters: potentials and pitfalls of using ICTs in the water and sanitation sector

The Making All Voices Count Initiative, in collaboration with WaterAid, IRC and Itad are running a webinar on Tuesday, 8th September, 12:00 GMT.

This webinar brings together the results from two recent studies: a study from the Making All Voices Count Initiative in collaboration with WaterAid, IRC, and Itad that examined the factors of success in rendering water …

Consultant Jessica Rust-Smith’s Conservation Agriculture paper has been published

Itad consultant Jessica Rust-Smith has recently had her work published in the book Conservation Agriculture in Subsistence Farming: Case Studies from South Asia and Beyond (edited by C Chan and J Fantle-Lepczyk, CABI, 2015)

Conservation agriculture (CA) is promoted in developing countries as a means for smallholder farmers to increase crop yields and mitigate the …

WASH Results blog post on “six suggestions” is live

The e-Pact Consortium is finding out through Verifying and Evaluating DFID’s WASH Results Programme. But they are not waiting until 2018, when the programme ends, to pass on what they have discovered to other suppliers, donors and verifiers about how this relatively new funding mechanism works in the WASH sector.

Throughout the programme they will be writing about …

SPARC announce their formal membership to the OECD’s Effective Institutions Platform

SPARC announce their formal membership to the OECD’s Effective Institutions Platform (EIP)

SPARC was granted membership on July 24, 2015 based on their track record in working to strengthen the effectiveness of public sector institutions for better service delivery; objectives which the EIP shares. SPARC will collaborate with EIP …

LINEA Webinar: Voices for Change (V4C) Nigeria

Join LINEA for a free webinar on Tuesday 28 July 2015 at 2pm BST. Hosted by the Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA), this collaborative webinar will be presented by Julian Barr (Itad), Emeka Nwankwo (V4C), and Dr Nancy Glass.

Using case studies from programmes in Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia, these presenters will discuss how …

Lewis Husain joins Itad as Associate Consultant

We are pleased to announce that Lewis Husain has become one of our key associates.

Lewis started collaborating with Itad nearly 3 years ago, when he worked with us on supporting our work on developing an M&E framework for NICE international in China and India. He is now working on a number of evaluations with us, including the evaluation of China-UK Global …

Vishal Gadhavi on ‘Graduating from Social Protection’

To eradicate extreme poverty (or ‘leave no-one behind’) requires a practical mix of political and operational tools and resources to realise this ambitious goal.

Itad’s Vishal Gadhavi will be talking at ODI on his recent contribution to the IDS Bulletin ‘Graduating from Social Protection’ on the 10th July at 1pm.

His presentation will cover an example of …

Itad announces new Associate Directors

Itad is pleased to announce we have appointed two new associate directors, Rob Lloyd and Robbie Gregorowski. Both Rob and Robbie have been promoted from within the company. They will work closely with the management team across a variety of cross organisational initiatives – covering both internal and external facing aspects of itads’ work.

Rob joined Itad in …

Itad Volleyball 2015

As part of Active Sussex’s Workplace Challenge, Itad’s volleyball team has now taken part in 2 volleyball tournaments during April and May 2015.

Although we entered the April tournament with very little practice, we won and lost an equal amount of matches in the first round and squeezed through to the second by a matter of points! Having just made it through, …

Larry Gelmon joins Itad as an Associate Consultant

We are pleased to announce that Larry Gelmon has become one of our key associates.

Larry started collaborating with Itad nearly 3 years ago, when he lead the team supporting the development of a business case for a new DFID regional HIV prevention programme in Southern Africa. He is now working on a number of evaluations with us, including the multiyear …

Itad’s Evaluation of Denmark’s Humanitarian Strategy Published

Itad has just completed an evaluation of Denmark’s humanitarian strategy, covering the period 2010-2015. The synthesis report together with case study reports for South Sudan, Afghanistan and the Syria crisis are now available on the Itad website.

Nick Chapman becomes key associate

We are pleased to announce that Nick Chapman has become one of our key associates.

Nick has had a long association with Itad, being one of the first external consultants we contracted after setting up in 1984. He has worked with us on many projects over the last 30 years, including our Retrospective Review of Rockefeller Foundation’s Rice Biotechnology Program …

Capacity Development 2.0 – Webinar

What’s the latest thinking on capacity development? What roles (if any) can social media and new digital tools play? Our work on these issues has led us to propose a new conceptual framework: Capacity Development 2 or CD2.

This framework isn’t about replacing ‘traditional’ capacity development activities with digital tools and tweeting about it. …

IHP+ 2014 Report on Effective Development Cooperation in Health published

Itad, as part of a consortium led by Hera, was contracted by IHP+ to deliver the 2014 round of monitoring on effective development cooperation.

24 countries and 37 development partners participated, and for the first time, monitoring and reporting was led by Ministries of Health and coordinated nationally – with the aim of strengthening the accountability for …

Itad’s Mid-Term Review of the Ethiopian Civil Society Support Programme Published

Itad’s mid-term review of the Ethiopian Civil Society Support Programme is now available on our website.

Taking place between May and August 2014, the review was designed to provide an independent assessment of the performance and progress of the programme to date.

Tim Ruffer on BEAM Exchange Webinar

Itad’s Tim Ruffer will be contributing to a BEAM Exchange webinar on how market systems programmes are attributing change to their interventions. The webinar will take place on 12 March 2015, 10-11am GMT.

Tim will be giving a conceptual introduction to a 3-step framework  to measuring and attributing change in market systems. He will be joined by consultants …

Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of grant holders and service providers of DFID’s Forest Governance, Markets and Climate (FGMC) has just taken place. Hosted by CIDT, at the Telford Campus of University of Wolverhampton, and facilitated by CIDT and Itad with Triple Line, the three day session (5-7th January) started the year on a positive note.

Some 70 people gathered from a …

Reflections on 2014

2014 has been a very successful year for Itad across our thematic areas of technical work, we are celebrating our 30 years as a company, and we are in the midst of infrastructure upgrades that will improve our office space.

We continue our success with DFID’s Global Evaluation Framework Agreement (GEFA), and as co-lead on the e-Pact consortia – we have been …

Assessing aid impacts revisited: results measurement in Norwegian aid

Itad’s Rob Lloyd and Espen Villanger reflect on the role of Norad’s Evaluation Department in explaining the lack of results documentation in Norway’s aid assessments in the Journal of Development Effectiveness.

To read the article, please visit the journal’s website, here.

To read about the original project, visit our project page, for the original …

Rethinking Impact Evaluation for Development

The new IDS Bulletin Rethinking Impact Evaluation for Development is the first of two bulletins which build on the event Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future, at which the Centre for Development Impact was launched in March 2013.

Issuing a ‘rallying cry’ for impact evaluation to rise to the challenges of a …

Itad & CMI Training for Peace Report Published

Itad, in partnership with Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), conducted an evaluation of the Norwegian Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme.

The main focus was an impact assessment of the programme’s training component, with a focus on the training of police. The team comprised Elling Tjonneland (TL), Chris Albertyn and Torunn Wimpelmann from CMI and Anna …

Itad begins work on an evaluation of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron

Itad has been contracted by Norad to conduct the first ever evaluation of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH). We have composed a team of two international consultants, one Palestinian and one Israeli, to conduct this evaluation of the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability, risk management and coherence of the TIPH.

For …

Itad staff enter the Oxfam Emergency Challenge 2014

This October, two teams from Itad will be braving the Oxfam Emergency Challenge. The challenge is designed to simulate disaster situations similar to those Oxfam responds to worldwide and our teams will work through challenges that test both fitness and resilience. Strategic, physical and mental challenges including running, cycling, map reading and puzzles, all …

Itad wins Norwegian Evaluation of the Year

Itad, with Norwegian partner CMI, have been awarded the Evaluation of the Year at the Evaluation Conference 2014 in Bergen, Norway for the study ‘Can we demonstrate the difference that Norwegian Aid makes?’ The awarding jury felt that the evaluation showed scientific understanding, an appreciation of the societal context, innovation and good communication.

In …

Forthcoming event: Public Presentation of Itad’s Evaluation of Finland’s Support to Peace & Development in Fragile States

Tuesday 19th August 2014, Säätytalo, Sali 3, Helsinki

Jon Bennett and David Fleming will be presenting Itad’s synthesis report of Finland’s global support to peace & development in fragile states, focusing on case studies in Afghanistan, Palestine, Western Balkans and Ethiopia. The presentation will include a summary of the main evaluation findings as …

Event Summary: Investing in Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Tuesday 8th July 2014, Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral

A three-hour event was held to discuss the findings and implications of the research study:
‘Investing in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning: issues for NGOs to consider’. This was
commissioned by the Department for International Development (DfID), …

Itad’s 30th Anniversary

Itad kicks off it’s 30th anniversary celebrations with a blog from Co-Chairman Dane Rogers, reflecting on his experiences since joining the company and how it has evolved.

As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, we will be running a number of blog articles over the next few months, in which we’ll be looking at some highlights from our back catalogue, …

Itad Announces New Senior Management Team

Itad is proud to announce the appointment of its new Senior Management Team. We are refreshing our approach to management through a clear allocation of leadership roles and a more structured delegation of management responsibilities across the company.

All Senior Management Team members will be focused on providing leadership in the areas outlined below. We have …

Itad begins work on a Culture & Development M&E Framework for the British Council

Itad is developing a Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Framework to begin measuring the British Council’s Culture and Development Strategy – looking at how and in what ways culture can contribute to development outcomes like behaviour change, inclusive institutions, and wellbeing. The British Council believes that culture contributes to the building of peaceful, …

Itad begins work on the Evaluation of Accountability in Tanzania (AcT) Programme

Itad has been awarded the contract to conduct the final evaluation of the high profile Accountability in Tanzania (AcT) programme, funded by DFID and managed by KPMG. The evaluation, which will run from June to December 2014, will be looking in detail at the impact that the programme has had, particularly the effect of the innovative approaches that have been piloted …

Itad begins work on Better Assessing Value for Money in DFID Ethiopia Programming

Itad has been contracted to do a value for money (VfM) assignment for DFID Ethiopia.

The work is in two parts, firstly developing a VfM framework for the suite of human development programmes, which covers health, education and WASH, with a total budget of just under £500m. The second part of the work will involve taking the VfM framework and undertaking a …

BOND Study Published

BOND has just published a study, written by Itad,  which is focused on better understanding the costs to NGOs of measuring and evaluating development programmes.

This study was commissioned by Comic Relief, DFID, Big Lottery Fund, NIDOS and Bond to address the lack of evidence available to support NGOs working in international development in deciding what …

Millennium Villages Impact Evaluation – Baseline Summary Report

Itad’s Chris Barnett has co-authored the Baseline Report for Millennium Villages independent Impact Evaluation in Ghana.

For more information please click here.

Itad Awarded Grant to Provide Targeted Support to the Rockefeller Foundation on Resilience

Itad has been awarded a grant to support the Rockefeller Foundation’s Resilience Team integrate and advance resilience thinking into the Foundation’s initiative  design and implementation.

Working closely with the Rockefeller Foundation’s Initiative teams and grantees across a range of sectors, Itad will develop new knowledge products on specific resilience …

Rockefeller Funding for CDI

We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Development Impact have been awarded funding from the Rockefeller Foundation to help expand the work of the Centre. We are collaborating with the Foundation’s evaluation department on ways to improve the consideration of impacts at the start of the grantee process.

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) is a is a …

Review of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches in DCED Top Ten

Itad’s Review of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches, prepared by Tim Ruffer and Elise Wach for DFID, has been placed in the ‘Top Ten Visited Entries on the DCED Value Chains Database in 2013.’ Please click here for more information about the report and here to see the full list.

2013’s New Win Highlights

This year, we have won and are leading a number of exciting multi-year evaluations through DFID’s Global Evaluation Framework (GEFA), DFID’s new central framework for contracting most of its evaluation work. Some of these include an Evaluation Management Unit for FoodTrade East & Southern Africa, Assessing Value for Money in DFID’s Health Portfolio across …

Our VfM Portfolio updates

Value for Money advice continues to be an important part of our portfolio. We have undertaken a number of interesting pieces of work this year, that continue to evolve our thinking on this area, as well as that of our clients.

Early in the year, we completed our study ‘Better Assessing VFM in DFID Nigeria Governance and Conflict Programming’; this developed a …

Evaluation Methodologies for Aid in Conflict

Itad’s Chris Barnett has co-authored Chapter 3 of forthcoming book ‘Evaluation Methodologies for Aid in Conflict’, which is part of the Routledge Explorations in Development Studies series.

Chris’s chapter is entitled  ‘Critical reflections on the South Sudan evaluation of conflict and peacebuilding activities’. For more information, please visit the Routledge …

Itad begins work on the Monitoring & Evaluation of the Nepal Rural Access Programme

Itad is managing the independent Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Unit (MEL Unit) of the third phase of the Nepal Rural Access Programme (RAP).

The MEL Unit is supporting the RAP team by measuring progress against set benchmarks and milestones, undertaking an impact evaluation of the investments made by RAP, and conducting thematic studies to review the …

Itad report published as a DFID Working Paper

Itad has recently completed a review of M4P evaluation methods and approaches for DFID. This report has now been published as a DFID Working Paper.

The report presents the findings of a study to critically review the methods used to evaluate M4P programmes and thereby help guide the design and implementation of future evaluations.

Itad’s Pink Day Raises Money for Breast Cancer Campaign

On Thursday 24th October 2013, Itad held our very first ‘Wear it Pink’ Day to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign.

Everyone who was in the office got involved and wore pink to work, and Tom Hilton won ‘Best Dressed’ in his Pink Pig Onesie (see below!).

We held a pink-tastic bake sale, which featured a multitude of goodies, including pizza, …

Itad’s Evaluation of Budget Support to Tanzania presented in Brussels

An Itad team recently presented the findings of an important evaluation of budget support to Tanzania. The report was presented in Brussels on 15 October 2013.

A report of the presentation is available here. Further information about the evaluation is available on our website here.

Itad begins work providing M&E support to DFID’s Business Innovation Fund (BIF2)

Itad is providing strategic Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) services for DFID’s Business Innovation Facility (BIF2) programme, which is being implemented by PwC.

Itad is developing and rolling out the M&E framework, training local teams how to use the framework and providing ongoing strategic direction and support.

Itad begins work for the MacArthur Foundation on oil governance

Itad is developing a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for the MacArthur Foundation’s grantmaking in oil governance in the Great Lakes region.

The aim is to produce a simple and feasible M&E framework that can capture progress and learning from the Foundation’s investments in oil governance. We are making recommendations for monitoring and …

Itad begins work on an impact evaluation of peace and community safety in Somalia and Somaliland

Itad is leading a rigorous impact evaluation of the Danish Demining Group (DDG) Peace and Community Safety Programme in Somalia and Somaliland.

We are currently conducting a study to determine whether either a randomised control trial or a quasi-experimental evaluation of the programme will be feasible.