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Too complex to measure? Exploring the dynamic processes of resilience and recovery

Resilience measurement is complex. Yet measuring resilience helps to build crucial evidence about how and why resilience is being strengthened, for whom, and in which contexts. This builds our knowledge to inform, tailor and improve development interventions to support processes that lead to better resilience outcomes.

Different understandings of what makes …

Thoughts from the International Association for Impact Assessment conference

I attended and presented at the International Association for Impact Assessment conference last week in Montréal, where this year’s theme was “Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change”.

Most participants focused on environmental impact assessment (EIA) around extractive industries and infrastructure and, as a …

Adaptive social protection: linking theory to reality on the ground

In their recent Working Paper[1] on Shock responsive Social protection, Oxford Policy Management (OPM) suggest that Social Protection (SP) is often seen as “intrinsically intended to be shock-responsive in the sense that it should support people in the event of a shock or help to mitigate their susceptibility to shocks”.

The OPM paper also points out that this …

Can we learn from system level social protection interventions?

Influencing change at the system level is often very difficult to do, requiring different inputs in different contexts. It is also very difficult to evaluate, as the effects of interventions that seek to make changes at system and policy levels are difficult to disentangle from changes that occur outside the intervention.

An attempt at providing an answer to this …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Climate: What’s Changed, What Hasn’t, What we can do about it

Some reflections from a monitoring and evaluation perspective on the lecture delivered by the OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria, chaired by Lord Stern.

With precious few official negotiating days left in the remaining six months ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris, the title of the lecture delivered by the OECD Secretary General Angel …

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 …