Linking mine action to development: the need for generating evidence of longer-term change

With the annual UN International Mine Awareness Day on April 4, Jason Collodi and Tom Gillhespy from Itad’s Fragile and Conflict-Affected States team outline the importance of linking mine action to longer-term change.

Our recent trip to Somaliland to assess a de-mining programme was enlightening. The programme operates in the border areas with Ethiopia, at the …

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 …

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 …

Centre for Development Impact Update

This has been a formative year for the Centre for Development Impact (CDI). We have spent much of the year reflecting on the major global challenges of our time (inequality, insecurity, sustainability) and what this implies for the way we evaluate impact on the poorest and most marginalised.

We have sought to move beyond narrow methodological debates …

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 …

Rethinking Impact Evaluation for Development

The new IDS Bulletin Rethinking Impact Evaluation for Development is the first of two bulletins which build on the event Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future, at which the Centre for Development Impact was launched in March 2013.

Issuing a ‘rallying cry’ for impact evaluation to rise to the challenges of a …