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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
Report: http://www.bond.org.uk/investing-in-mel

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.