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How should donors manage adaptively? Market Systems Development as a case study.

Itad has recently completed a strategic evaluation for Sida to help them work through how they can best manage programmes that are adaptive and apply systems approaches. In doing this, the evaluation focused on Sida’s growing portfolio of MSD projects. But the conclusions from the evaluation about what funders need to do to manage adaptively are of broader …

Recommendations…to co-create and or not to co-create?

Utility-focused evaluation, an Itad mantra… because if the findings we produce aren’t being used then why are we doing what we do? As part of our efforts to make our work more useful for donors, implementing organisations and, ultimately, the people we’re trying to help, we are increasingly adopting a co-creation approach to the ‘recommendations’ aspect of …

Learning how to create a culture of learning

When we evaluated how the Norwegian Aid Administration practised Results-Based Management (RBM) earlier this year, one of our main conclusions was that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Norad didn’t have a learning culture.  We found some parts of the administration learning from evidence, but these were isolated examples. Evidence-based learning was not …

The power of parsimony: why less might be more when it comes to grantee reporting

It’s a moment that many organisations dread: the looming deadline for a report to a funder.

Done well, the process of gathering and making sense of information about a grantee’s work can be a useful learning exercise for both grantee and funder.

Done badly, it is a time-consuming slog to both compile (on the side of the grantee) and wade through (on the …

What else does the MVP evaluation tell us?

The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) in Northern Ghana Impact Evaluation is a fully independent, robust evaluation that aims to provide evidence of the impact, sustainability and cost-effectiveness of the Millennium Village Project model. In this blog, we dig deeper into the findings to explore the impact of the MVP on education, agriculture and health.

The MVP …