#EVALUATION

Beyond venture capital: Being purposeful about investing in Ghana

New paper on African investments offers insights into improving social benefits: it can be achieved but requires intentionality by business leaders and fund managers. This isn’t without a cost – something that only serves to highlight structural weaknesses in many fund operating models. The overheads available to support social performance are often tight. So, do …

‘Tis the season to be jolly – Symposium Season

When I worked in Bangladesh in the mid-90s there was always a steady flow of project and programme workshops going on in Dhaka. One individual always turned up; he became known as ‘Mr Workshop’ and we eventually realised he’d just figured out a good way to get a decent lunch several times a week.

At the end of November, I went to four evaluation symposia in …

Itad joins Social Norms Community of Practice

Itad’s Claire Hughes will be joining a working group of researchers, practitioners, and donors next week in Baltimore for a two-day meeting exploring how social norms change can be facilitated and measured in the field, particularly with regards to gender-based violence.

The overall goal of the working group is to create a community to help researchers and …

Is core funding really all it’s cracked up to be?

Core[i] funding: NGOs prize it highly and very few donors provide it without a lot of strings attached.

In 2014 Itad was asked to deliver an evaluation of PSI’s Mozambique country platform, which has a unique relationship with its main institutional funder, the Dutch Foreign Ministry.  This unusual relationship resulted in PSI Mozambique getting core funding …

60 Seconds with…Jessica Rust-Smith

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I am a Consultant in the Private Sector Development & Wealth Creation theme. I have been a staff member at Itad since June 2014.

What does that involve?

I work on a variety of …

60 Seconds with…Jon Cooper

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

What’s your job here at Itad? 

I am an Associate Director, and I am responsible for the Human and Social Development Cluster of our evaluation themes, comprising Health, Social Protection & Livelihoods, and …

Learning from HIEP on Evaluation Methodology

As team leader of the evaluation of DFID’s Humanitarian Innovation and Evaluation Programme (HIEP) I am learning a lot about leading a theory-based evaluation of a complex programme over five years!

HIEP is a UK£48 million programme made up of 16 projects carried out with partners from the academic, humanitarian and policy arenas around the world. It aims to …

Public launch of Final Evaluation Report on EU Support to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Partner Countries

Itad is proud to see the Final Evaluation Report of the EU’s Support to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Partner Countries publicly launched.

Itad conducted this evaluation on behalf of the European Commission from July 2013-April 2015, working in partnership with COWI Belgium.   You can find the final evaluation report here.  …

Nick Chapman becomes key associate

We are pleased to announce that Nick Chapman has become one of our key associates.

Nick has had a long association with Itad, being one of the first external consultants we contracted after setting up in 1984. He has worked with us on many projects over the last 30 years, including our Retrospective Review of Rockefeller Foundation’s Rice Biotechnology Program …

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 …

Monitoring and Evaluating Flexible and Adaptive Programming

A couple of weeks ago I was at DFID, representing DFID Nigeria to present lessons from the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) project we are doing with GRM. The event was an internal learning event on Monitoring and Evaluating Flexible and Adaptive Programming.

SAVI has been involved in wider debates on adaptive programming (there was an earlier …

Careers in Evaluation and Consulting

Last week I was at the University of East Anglia, having been asked by Maren Duvendack (one of the UEA members of the Centre of Development Impact) to talk at the School of International Development (DEV)’s careers event.

This event is one of a number of activities DEV puts on to support its students in thinking about careers and life after DEV. The audience was …

Seminar on the challenges of measurement in conflict-affected contexts at PRDU

Once a year I have the privilege of teaching a seminar on monitoring and evaluation in conflict-affected environments at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), University of York. It means that I get to spend three hours with a bunch of highly intelligent and motivated MA students from a diverse range of backgrounds, but all united by their …

60 Seconds with…David Fleming

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I am a Senior Consultant and lead Itad’s portfolio of monitoring and evaluating in conflict and post-conflict environments.

What does that involve?

It mostly involves working on …

Itad Celebrates 30th Anniversary

On Friday 21st November, we celebrated our 30th Anniversary with an event at The Grand Hotel in Brighton – an afternoon of technical talks on Itad, international development and evaluation was followed by a drinks and canapés reception.

Our afternoon of technical talks was kicked off by Itad co-founder, Derek Poate, who reflected on the many transformations …

Impactful Time as an African Employee at Itad

I migrated to the United Kingdom in the last few days of 2006 and saw an Itad advert looking for a Senior Consultant in Health and HIV & AIDS – little did I know that I was on the verge of making history as the “First African Employee” at Itad Limited. I told myself “this is my job”, and I put an application together and sent it.

I was invited for …

Forthcoming event: Public Presentation of Itad’s Evaluation of Finland’s Support to Peace & Development in Fragile States

Tuesday 19th August 2014, Säätytalo, Sali 3, Helsinki

Jon Bennett and David Fleming will be presenting Itad’s synthesis report of Finland’s global support to peace & development in fragile states, focusing on case studies in Afghanistan, Palestine, Western Balkans and Ethiopia. The presentation will include a summary of the main evaluation findings as …

60 Seconds with…Claire Hughes

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a Principal Consultant at Itad, and I lead our work on Empowerment, Accountability and Gender.  The company provides monitoring and evaluation services so all of the jobs we get …