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Practice highlights from 2019

Our practices have had a productive year, continuing to support clients to deliver results in development.

We have started work on exciting new projects, hired some fantastic new staff and put a lot of effort into sharing what we have learned. Here are the highlights for the year, picked by our practice leads.

Human Development

It has a been a really great …

Findings of Itad-led resilience intervention evaluation published in journal article

A new paper, co-authored by Itad’s David Wilson, argues that resilience interventions can bring positive change in the lives of target populations but the positive effects are often too small or diluted to create transformational change – at least over such a short time period.

The article, which was published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk …

Itad publishing highlights for 2019

Itad has produced a range of publications in 2019, from project reports to learning notes and interactive microsites. With an aim to make sure that the evidence we built on what works, why and for whom in international development is as useful and useable as possible, we are always looking for new ways to publish and share our findings – the below list showcases …

New paper uses Itad’s evaluation of Northern Ghana Millennium Villages Project

A new working paper published by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative in October 2019 employs Itad’s evaluation of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) in Northern Ghana in its assessment of the project’s impact on multidimensional poverty.

The paper, which was written by Edoardo Masset and García Hombrados, uses a large dataset spanning five …

Itad at Evaluation 2019

We’ll be at ‘Paths to the future of evaluation’, this year’s American Evaluation Association conference, in Minneapolis from 11 to 16 November.

With colleagues from across the world, we’ll be leading sessions and joining discussions on this year’s theme of building the future of evaluation practice. We’ll share insights from across the breadth of our …

Resilience Insights: Lessons from the Global Resilience Partnership

A new Itad and Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) report explores the latest evidence on how resilience approaches are helping some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people to move from protracted and recurrent crises to longer-term sustainable development. With insights from across the breadth of GRP, this evidence will be used to inform future …

Itad at SAMEA 2019

Itad will be at this year’s South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) Conference – held in Gauteng, South Africa, from the 21st to 25th October 2019.

We have co-organised the Climate Change and Resilience strand at this year’s conference, in conjunction with WFP and Genesis Analytics. The strand will look at the big picture of climate change in …

Itad at SEEP 2019

Join us at this years’ SEEP Conference where we’ll be reflecting on some of our work with the Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab.

Itad’s James Robinson will be joined by our Savings Learning Lab partners from the Scale2Save and Savings at the Frontier programmes –  Access Bank Ghana Plc (Matilda Asante-Asiedu), First City Monument Bank Limited …

Itad wins IDEAS award for influence

We are delighted to announce that an Itad-led team has won the IDEAS award for influence for our evaluation of Transformational Change in the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

The evaluation was a highly complex undertaking and the result of nearly a year’s work from the evaluation team. This team was led by Itad but included leading consultants from ICF …

Itad at IDEAS 2019

This week Itad will be at the 2019 IDEAS Global Assembly, held in Prague, Czech Republic, where will be discussing our work in two sessions.

Bara Sladvoka will be taking part in a panel on ‘Applying Realist Evaluation to assess Transformative Change of climate change interventions – what has worked, how, in what contexts and for whom’ she will be joined by …

Building resilience from BRACED to BRACED X: final findings published

After four years as part of the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme Knowledge Manager consortium, and an additional year working on sustainability through BRACED-X, Itad is proud to announce the publication of our final synthesis reports, ‘Routes to Resilience: Insights from BRACED to BRACED-X’ and ‘Resilience …

Dave Wilson to speak at Building a Resilient Future

Dave Wilson, Principal Consultant and Climate Change theme lead at Itad, will co-host a session at Building a Resilient Future this weekend in New York. This event is a part of the Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change programme of the Climate Week in New York City.

Convened by the Global Resilience Partnership and sponsored by the United Kingdom’s …

Itad joins Global Climate Strike

On Friday 20th September 2019, staff from across Itad will join thousands of others in a global climate strike, marching through Brighton to call on those in positions of power to acknowledge our climate crisis and take action to create a better world.

Supporting staff to join the global climate strike is part of Itad’s wider commitment to mainstreaming …

Itad at SOCAP19

This October, we’ll be at SOCAP19 – the flagship conference of Social Capital Markets, a network of ‘investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions’. We have convened an expert panel to discuss the importance of independent verification in impact management.

Our panel will …

Itad to open new US office in Washington, DC

In September 2019, Itad will open a new office in Washington, DC. Our US office will build on our 35 years of experience delivering results in development from our UK headquarters and will give us the opportunity to better work with partners in the US and Canada.

This next step in our evolution will allow us to respond to the needs of our partners in North America …

Itad at UKES 2019

We’re looking forward to the UK Evaluation Society (UKES) Conference this week, which this year centres around the theme of diversity within the evaluation field.

Several Itad staff and associates will be at the conference this year to share insights from our projects.

15th May

4.45pm, Room Two – Health theme lead Ellie Brown will explore our …

First GPE 2020 country-level prospective evaluation reports published

The first set of annual country reports for our prospective evaluation of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) have been published. The reports form part of a global evaluation led by Universalia, under which 22 summative evaluations and eight three-year prospective country-level evaluations are being conducted between 2017 and 2020.

Covering the Democratic …

Podcast: Learning from evaluating HCD field work

Itad’s Stefanie Wallach joined Tiffany Franke on the Adolescents Insights group podcast series (made for the HCD Exchange) to reflect on our work evaluating Human-Centred Design (HCD) projects.

Stefanie shared learnings from our HCD evaluations, how they differ from traditional evaluations, the tools and approaches we’ve found effective and how the work of our …

New lessons from Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab partners

Partners from the Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab have recently shared lessons from their work in financial inclusion and savings groups.

Savings and Retail Banking in Africa – Results from 2018 WSBI member bank survey – WSBI’s first annual report from 2018 encompasses primary data research gathered from the Institution’s African membership, …

Itad to discuss Global Mine Action Programme evaluation

Itad’s Tom Gillhespy will be at the 22nd International Meeting of Mine Action National Directors and United Nations Advisers (NDM-UN) in Geneva this week. NDM-UN is an annual meeting where mine action stakeholders meet to discuss emerging issues, and exchange best practices and lessons learned.

At a side event on Thursday 7th February, Tom will present our work …

Evaluating CIF’s contribution to transformational change – new report launched

Itad’s Sam McPherson will be at ‘The Power of 10: Shaping the Future of Climate Action’ in Ouarzazate, Morocco, on 28th and 29th January. Sam will be with other members of the evaluation team, including Matthew Savage, the technical lead.

Organised by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) as part of their celebration of 10 years of climate action, the event …

Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education

Our Education Lead, Rachel Outhred, has co-authored a chapter in the UNESCO Institute of Statistic’s recent handbook on measuring equity in education.

The handbook shows how countries can measure the education progress of the most marginalized populations to ensure no one is left behind. Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) calls for inclusive and equitable …