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IDEAS in Mexico: A new chapter for evaluation?

We’ve just published a chapter in a new book, “Evaluation for Agenda 2030: Providing Evidence on Progress and Sustainability.”

Our chapter captures some of the rich discussions held at the Centre for Development Impact (CDI) over the years, as well as a fascinating panel session at the last IDEAS Global Assembly in Bangkok.

While you might not have time to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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’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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…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 …

60 Seconds with…Katharina Welle

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a senior consultant working on the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of water supply, sanitation and hygiene, the use of ICTs in M&E and the CDI.

What does that …

CDI: Placing values back into impact evaluation?

Earlier this week, we held a fascinating CDI event to explore the role of ethics in impact evaluation. This was a smaller event as a first step towards planning a forthcoming Autumn conference… Watch this space!

One of the core themes to emerge from the day was a focus on how to put values (and people) more at the centre of impact evaluation. Over the past …