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Realist evaluation: is it worth it? Launching a new series reflecting on five years of realist evaluation practice at Itad

We like a challenge at Itad, and so four or five years ago we threw our hats into the realist evaluation ring. At that time, there was growing interest in the international development sector about the potential of realist approaches to answer tricky questions about how and why our programmes work or don’t work.

We’ve now conducted (or are in the process of …

How can capacity building improve how policy makers use evidence?

Itad has just finished a three-year realist evaluation of the Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) programme – a £15.7 million, DFID-funded initiative that aimed to build capacity for evidence-informed policy making.

This involved six linked capacity building projects across more than 12 low and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia. BCURE …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …