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RIICE is an innovative project that uses crop insurance, crop yield monitoring, and the latest satellite technology to support smallholder farms Southeast Asia. It provides a new alternative to donor-based appeals when natural catastrophe strikes those most at risk.


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At the core of our work, impact evaluations are rigorous studies that measure the effects of international development programmes. We focus on conducting impact evaluations on policy-relevant research questions where credible findings can drive decision-making.

3ie invented evidence gap maps, which provide a visual overview of existing and ongoing studies or reviews in a sector or sub-sector of international development. These maps help policymakers find the most relevant evidence for a given question, thereby improving decision-making.

Our synthesis products, including systematic reviews, integrate findings from multiple different studies which address a common research question. Because they look systematically across the evidence base to see what works and why, systematic reviews and other synthesis products are more reliable for decision-making than results from a single study used in an ad hoc way.

Often, policy decisions must be made quickly. To make sure that decision-makers get the evidence they need when they need it, 3ie has developed a set of helpdesk services and rapid evidence products. Our Rapid Response Briefs and Rapid Evidence Assessments draw from the latest high-quality research to answer policy questions in a fraction of the time of traditional evaluations or systematic reviews.

We work with governments and other organizations to build their capacities in evaluation and evidence-informed decision-making. In addition to providing trainings on a wide range of evaluation methods, we offer ongoing support services to ensure our partners have access to the most up-to-date evidence and evaluation tools.

3ie specialises in increasing access to, demand for and use of evidence by governments, parliaments, programme managers, civil society, programme participants and the media. We do this by emphasising the value of planning and engaging with stakeholders to ensure that evaluations and reviews are relevant and useful. We use robust and effective monitoring to measure evidence use so that we can convey evidence impact on programmes and policies with greater confidence.

Since 3ie was founded, transparency, reproducibility, and ethics (TRE) have been core considerations in our work. We have developed and refined tools and best practices to ensure our studies apply technically rigorous methodologies, transparently share design and analysis decisions, yield computationally reproducible analysis, and incorporate foundational principles of research ethics into design, implementation, and dissemination. 3ie’s Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics (TRE) Policy articulates this commitment to TRE best practices.

3ie’s Development Evidence Portal is the largest-of-its-kind repository of rigorous evidence on what works in international development. This portal includes evaluations and synthesis of studies conducted in low-and middle-income countries. It combines records from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation and Systematic Review repositories, as well as, evidence gap maps.

These provide a visual display of completed and ongoing systematic reviews and impact evaluations in a sector or sub-sector, structured around a framework of interventions and outcomes.

Evidence impact summaries briefly describe how 3ie-supported evidence has informed and influenced decision makers. Each summary highlights verified instances of evidence impact.

We provide funding for replications, conduct in-house replication research and publish guidance on replication methodology. We also provide funding to original authors of 3ie-funded for preparing their raw datasets.

As part of our mandate as a knowledge producer and translator for our main audiences, we publish a range of knowledge products. These include briefs, impact evaluation reports, systematic review reports and summaries, replication papers, evidence gap map reports, scoping reports and working papers.

3ie’s Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (RIDIE) aims to enhance the transparency and quality of impact evaluation research before it begins.

    • Agriculture
    • Education
    • Environment
    • Governance
    • Health
    • Humanitarian
    • Infrastructure
    • Livelihoods
    • Public finance
    • Social protection
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene
    • Innovations in data for impact evaluation
    • Replication
    • Research transparency
    • Peacebuilding
    • Philippines
    • Uganda
    • West Africa Capacity-buidling and Impact Evaluation
    • Strengthening the use of evidence for development impact

    3ie’s evidence programmes support studies to fill critical knowledge gaps in a sector, sub-sector or in an area with limited rigorous evidence. We fund studies under a specific theme or which address a particular question or set of questions in programme areas where our donors want to expand global public knowledge of what works and what does not.

    To help address gaps in the understanding of what works and what does not, we fund a variety of studies across this programme area, including interventions focused on insurance, extension, land-use and forestry, and innovation and technology.

    3ie supports impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps on education effectiveness that help answer the questions of what works, for whom, why and at what cost.

    We fund the production of rigorous evidence on biodiversity and forest conservation programmes, environmental regulations, impact of sustainable fuels, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    3ie is supporting the generation of evidence in areas such as transparency and accountability in natural resource governance. We also fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions to curb corruption, judicial and civil service reforms, land reforms, public financial management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, decentralised governance and public service delivery.

    We fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions on HIV and AIDS, immunisation maternal and child health, nutrition and sexual and reproductive health through a number of evidence programmes. Evidence products from these programmes include replication studies, evidence gap maps, systematic reviews and impact evaluations.

    We are supporting the generation of rigorous evidence in humanitarian contexts on interventions related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, multi-sectoral humanitarian programming and interventions targeting malnutrition.

    We fund the production of rigorous evidence on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of public transportation by rail, bus and rapid transit systems, and essential services such as electricity and gas to expand access, foster inclusive growth, and combat climate change through sustainable systems.

    3ie, in collaboration with India’s rural development ministry is working to generate rigorous evidence on the impact of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

    We support policy-relevant studies that contribute to improving our understanding of public expenditure trends and improving the delivery of public goods.

    We support impact evaluations to build the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the risks faced by the poor through participation in public works and employment programmes.

    3ie’s has two major evidence programmes that support the generation and use of high-quality evidence for informing decision-making in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

    In alignment with our mission, 3ie promotes rigorous, efficient, and ethical use of innovative data sources for impact evaluations, including in those conducted by 3ie, by 3ie research partners, and in the global development community more broadly.

    We set up our Replication Programme to address the need for a freely available global public good that helps improve the quality and reliability of impact evaluation evidence used for development decision-making. Replication is the most established method of research validation in science, yet it has not been fully embraced by the research community or development donors, leading to this gap.

    3ie produces research – whether in-house or through grants or contracts – that clearly and precisely documents the data and methods used in the analysis and the materials used to conduct the study. We have experienced and highly skilled staff ready to support the transparent production of evaluations, systematic reviews, and other knowledge products. .

    Fragility has expensive, long-term consequences and trying to build peace in situations of protracted conflicts is becoming the norm. In 2016, 1.8 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world's population – were living in situations of fragility. Social cohesion is widely considered important in building sustainable peace in fragile contexts.

    We work with various departments in the Philippines government to develop and fund rigorous evidence useful for policymakers. We also support capacity-building activities for Philippine researchers and support the impact evaluation management framework of the National Economic and Development Authority.

    Working in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, the primary aim is to improve developmental outcomes through evidence-informed decision making in Uganda. 3ie is currently supporting evaluation of government programmes around youth livelihood, family planning, public service delivery and local governance, and universal primary education.

    3ie and the government of Benin are working on a a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries in West Africa, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

    This is a five-year programme (2019-23) that is working on increasing the use of evidence by policymakers in Ghana, Pakistan and Uganda. In partnership with country governments, this programme aims to develop capacity and promote innovation in increasing evidence-informed decision-making. SEDI is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

    View our current funding opportunities for evaluations, systematic reviews and internal replication studies.

    The year 2014 was one of innovation and impact at 3ie. We are supporting policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis in new thematic areas and filling critical knowledge gaps. Our studies are informing development policies and improving programmes. As a global leader in funding the production of high-quality evidence, we continued to support rigorous impact evaluations and full systematic reviews. Responding to demand, we expanded our capacity to produce evidence gap maps and rapid evidence reviews. Read highlights of ourwork and achievements.

    Thematic Window 10, breaking through stagnation: testing innovations in engaging communities in increasing immunisation coverage
    We invite proposals for evaluation of programmes of that have adopted innovative approaches to community engagement for increasing immunisation coverage in Gavi-eligible countries. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 10 July. Read more

    Systematic Reviews Call 8
    We invite proposals for systematic reviews that explore the impact of development interventions in the areas of sanitation and hygiene, humanitarian assistance and climate change. Deadline for applications: 12 noon GMT, 22 May.

    Replication Window 3: internal replications of impact evaluations of HIV prevention interventions
    We invite expressions of interest from researchers to conduct internal replications of influential, innovative or controversial impact evaluations of biomedical, behavioural, social and structural determinants of HIV prevention interventions. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 31 May. Read more

    Policy Window Philippines, peace and development programmes: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

    Policy Window 3, programmes implemented by the Ministry of Education, Government of Rwanda: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

    Policy Window 3, community-based health initiatives in Bihar
    We have awarded two grants for the impact evaluation of Gram Varta, a community mobilisation initiative, and the impact of the nodal Anganwadi centres in Bihar to the University of Göttingen and the Institute for Human Development respectively. Read more

    Policy Window 3, girls’ education in Benin
    We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the African School of Economics to design an impact evaluation of a girls’ education programme implemented by the Government of Benin.

    Policy Window Philippines, programmes on social welfare and development
    We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Philippine Institute of Development Studies to design an impact evaluation of a programme implemented by the Department of Social Welfare Development, Government of Philippines. Read more

    Bursary awards
    Since January 2015, we have awarded a total of 19 bursaries to applicants from Africa, the Middle East and Latin American and Caribbean region. In February, ten bursaries were awarded to applicants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region attending the 3ie-American University in Cairo workshop on systematic reviews and the MENA evaluation conference in Cairo. Bursary recipients from Egypt (1), Jordan (3), Morocco (2), Lebanon (1), Sudan (1) and Tunisia (2) represented non-profit organisations and government agencies.

    Applicants nominated by 3ie’s members in Africa were awarded bursaries to attend the Uganda Evaluation Week on 10-14 March in Kampala. The recipients, from Benin (2), Burkina Faso (1), Senegal (2) and South Africa (2) largely represented government agencies involved in monitoring and policy planning.

    We supported two applicants attending the 2015 Year of Evaluation Regional Conference in Lima, Peru, on 11-13 March. The Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) nominated one of the Mexican participants and 3ie selected a presenter from Argentina through a competitive process.

    Using data to inform investment climate reform in Malawi
    The Government of Malawi, while implementing investment climate reforms, particularly, the new Business Registration Act, was interested in knowing more about the characteristics of informal firms to decide on a turnover threshold, above which registration for firms could be mandatory. However, the government had little information about the distribution of turnover (size) of firms. In an ongoing study by Innovations for Poverty Action, researchers had collected these data as part of their baseline listing over 7,250 enterprises in Malawi. At the government’s request, the team provided summary statistics and helped inform discussions on setting the turnover threshold for firm registration. Read more about the study

    Strengthening programme implementation with timely inputs in Zimbabwe
    The Government of Zimbabwe’s harmonised social cash transfer (HSCT) programme is targeted towards ultra-poor households with labour constraints or high-dependency ratios. These are typically AIDS-affected households, with orphans and vulnerable children or with caregivers that are HIV-positive. Researchers from the University of North Carolina are trying to investigate the economic impact of the HSCT on both target households and the local community. An initial report from the study pointed to implementation issues on the ground stemming from lack of coordination between development programmes implemented by different ministries, especially the Basic Education Assistance Module of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Services. In order to resolve the issue and facilitate a more coordinated implementation approach, the government is considering an MoU between the two ministries. The government is invested in the research project, and the government–researcher collaboration will be put forth as a partnership model in a forthcoming book on transfer project evaluations published by Oxford University Press. HSCT will be featured with its own chapter to be co-authored by government counterparts and the evaluation team. Read more about the study

    3ie Impact Evaluation Report 21, Shelter from the storm: upgrading housing infrastructure in Latin American slums: This study evaluated the impact of providing inexpensive pre-fabricated houses to families living in slums tenements in Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay. The findings showed that the intervention led to substantial increases in beneficiary satisfaction and quality of life. There was also a significant reduction in incidences of diarrhoea among children in Mexico and El Salvador. Besides this, beneficiaries in El Salvador also felt the houses increased their sense of security. The study also showed that the urban poor are willing to trade off housing conditions for better access to labour markets and hence, higher earnings. Read more

    3ie Impact Evaluation Report 22, A wide angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana, India: This study evaluated the impact of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme and the Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) designed to improve student learning in primary and upper primary schools in the Indian state of Haryana. While CCE aims to provide teachers and students with broad-based and frequent feedback on performance, LEP offers tools and allocates time within the school day to enable teachers to focus their teaching at each child’s competency level. The study finds that LEP has a large positive impact on students’ basic Hindi language skills, indicating that programmes focused on teaching at the appropriate level can play a role in improving poor learning outcomes. Read more

    3ie Impact Evaluation Report 23, Enhancing food production and food security through improved inputs: an evaluation of Tanzania’s National Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme with a focus on gender impacts: Findings from this study highlighted the disenfranchised position of female‐headed households relative to their male counterparts. The evaluation also found that food insecurity and reduced dietary diversity were common among female-headed households. Results from the qualitative study confirmed and contextualised these findings, showing that although female farmers felt the programme could help boost yields, many could not afford the top-up payment. As a result they did not participate. Read more

    Resources on peacebuilding interventions: We have launched a scoping paper that reviews the supply of and demand for evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews on peacebuilding interventions. We produced an evidence gap map that provides access to the best available evidence on the outcomes of peacebuilding interventions in conflict-affected settings in low- and middle-income countries. The evidence gap map report explains the scope and methods and analyses the information in the map.

    New feature on 3ie evidence gap map - platform population characteristics: We have added a new filter to the interactive evidence gap map platform that allows users to filter evidence by population characteristics. For example, in the evidence gap map of productive safety net programmes, users can now see which of the studies included in the evidence gap map evaluate intervention effects for people living on less than US$1.25 a day, people living below a national poverty line or people defined as food insecure. This feature will allow users to identify evidence that can help inform effective targeting of interventions in ways that achieve the greatest benefit for intended beneficiaries. It also enables identification of evidence gaps in our knowledge of what works best for whom.

    Webinar on the 3ie evidence gap map on global productive safety net programmes: Martina Vojtkova, 3ie evaluation specialist, presented this recently-launched USAID-funded evidence gap map using a webinar. Watch recording.

    Evidence matters to policymaking (19 February) Op-ed by Radhika Menon, 3ie senior policy and advocacy officer and Howard White, co-chair, Campbell Collaboration, was published in The Hindu.

    Call for papers: IDEAS Global Assembly 2015 on Evaluating sustainable development, deadline: 15 May 2015

    Partnership for Economic Policy annual conference on Inclusive growth and employment for poverty reduction, 29 April-8 May, Nairobi

    Association of Commonwealth Universities and the South African Research & Innovation Management Association conference on Research and innovation for global challenges, 10-14 May, Johannesburg

    Job opportunity: Chief Measurement and Impact Evaluation Officer, Global Fund to End Slavery, Washington, DC


    Shelter From the Storm: RIICE Combines Technology and Insurance to Support Rice Farmers - Recipes

    At the core of our work, impact evaluations are rigorous studies that measure the effects of international development programmes. We focus on conducting impact evaluations on policy-relevant research questions where credible findings can drive decision-making.

    3ie invented evidence gap maps, which provide a visual overview of existing and ongoing studies or reviews in a sector or sub-sector of international development. These maps help policymakers find the most relevant evidence for a given question, thereby improving decision-making.

    Our synthesis products, including systematic reviews, integrate findings from multiple different studies which address a common research question. Because they look systematically across the evidence base to see what works and why, systematic reviews and other synthesis products are more reliable for decision-making than results from a single study used in an ad hoc way.

    Often, policy decisions must be made quickly. To make sure that decision-makers get the evidence they need when they need it, 3ie has developed a set of helpdesk services and rapid evidence products. Our Rapid Response Briefs and Rapid Evidence Assessments draw from the latest high-quality research to answer policy questions in a fraction of the time of traditional evaluations or systematic reviews.

    We work with governments and other organizations to build their capacities in evaluation and evidence-informed decision-making. In addition to providing trainings on a wide range of evaluation methods, we offer ongoing support services to ensure our partners have access to the most up-to-date evidence and evaluation tools.

    3ie specialises in increasing access to, demand for and use of evidence by governments, parliaments, programme managers, civil society, programme participants and the media. We do this by emphasising the value of planning and engaging with stakeholders to ensure that evaluations and reviews are relevant and useful. We use robust and effective monitoring to measure evidence use so that we can convey evidence impact on programmes and policies with greater confidence.

    Since 3ie was founded, transparency, reproducibility, and ethics (TRE) have been core considerations in our work. We have developed and refined tools and best practices to ensure our studies apply technically rigorous methodologies, transparently share design and analysis decisions, yield computationally reproducible analysis, and incorporate foundational principles of research ethics into design, implementation, and dissemination. 3ie’s Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics (TRE) Policy articulates this commitment to TRE best practices.

    3ie’s Development Evidence Portal is the largest-of-its-kind repository of rigorous evidence on what works in international development. This portal includes evaluations and synthesis of studies conducted in low-and middle-income countries. It combines records from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation and Systematic Review repositories, as well as, evidence gap maps.

    These provide a visual display of completed and ongoing systematic reviews and impact evaluations in a sector or sub-sector, structured around a framework of interventions and outcomes.

    Evidence impact summaries briefly describe how 3ie-supported evidence has informed and influenced decision makers. Each summary highlights verified instances of evidence impact.

    We provide funding for replications, conduct in-house replication research and publish guidance on replication methodology. We also provide funding to original authors of 3ie-funded for preparing their raw datasets.

    As part of our mandate as a knowledge producer and translator for our main audiences, we publish a range of knowledge products. These include briefs, impact evaluation reports, systematic review reports and summaries, replication papers, evidence gap map reports, scoping reports and working papers.

    3ie’s Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (RIDIE) aims to enhance the transparency and quality of impact evaluation research before it begins.

      • Agriculture
      • Education
      • Environment
      • Governance
      • Health
      • Humanitarian
      • Infrastructure
      • Livelihoods
      • Public finance
      • Social protection
      • Water, sanitation and hygiene
      • Innovations in data for impact evaluation
      • Replication
      • Research transparency
      • Peacebuilding
      • Philippines
      • Uganda
      • West Africa Capacity-buidling and Impact Evaluation
      • Strengthening the use of evidence for development impact

      3ie’s evidence programmes support studies to fill critical knowledge gaps in a sector, sub-sector or in an area with limited rigorous evidence. We fund studies under a specific theme or which address a particular question or set of questions in programme areas where our donors want to expand global public knowledge of what works and what does not.

      To help address gaps in the understanding of what works and what does not, we fund a variety of studies across this programme area, including interventions focused on insurance, extension, land-use and forestry, and innovation and technology.

      3ie supports impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps on education effectiveness that help answer the questions of what works, for whom, why and at what cost.

      We fund the production of rigorous evidence on biodiversity and forest conservation programmes, environmental regulations, impact of sustainable fuels, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

      3ie is supporting the generation of evidence in areas such as transparency and accountability in natural resource governance. We also fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions to curb corruption, judicial and civil service reforms, land reforms, public financial management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, decentralised governance and public service delivery.

      We fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions on HIV and AIDS, immunisation maternal and child health, nutrition and sexual and reproductive health through a number of evidence programmes. Evidence products from these programmes include replication studies, evidence gap maps, systematic reviews and impact evaluations.

      We are supporting the generation of rigorous evidence in humanitarian contexts on interventions related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, multi-sectoral humanitarian programming and interventions targeting malnutrition.

      We fund the production of rigorous evidence on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of public transportation by rail, bus and rapid transit systems, and essential services such as electricity and gas to expand access, foster inclusive growth, and combat climate change through sustainable systems.

      3ie, in collaboration with India’s rural development ministry is working to generate rigorous evidence on the impact of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

      We support policy-relevant studies that contribute to improving our understanding of public expenditure trends and improving the delivery of public goods.

      We support impact evaluations to build the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the risks faced by the poor through participation in public works and employment programmes.

      3ie’s has two major evidence programmes that support the generation and use of high-quality evidence for informing decision-making in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

      In alignment with our mission, 3ie promotes rigorous, efficient, and ethical use of innovative data sources for impact evaluations, including in those conducted by 3ie, by 3ie research partners, and in the global development community more broadly.

      We set up our Replication Programme to address the need for a freely available global public good that helps improve the quality and reliability of impact evaluation evidence used for development decision-making. Replication is the most established method of research validation in science, yet it has not been fully embraced by the research community or development donors, leading to this gap.

      3ie produces research – whether in-house or through grants or contracts – that clearly and precisely documents the data and methods used in the analysis and the materials used to conduct the study. We have experienced and highly skilled staff ready to support the transparent production of evaluations, systematic reviews, and other knowledge products. .

      Fragility has expensive, long-term consequences and trying to build peace in situations of protracted conflicts is becoming the norm. In 2016, 1.8 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world's population – were living in situations of fragility. Social cohesion is widely considered important in building sustainable peace in fragile contexts.

      We work with various departments in the Philippines government to develop and fund rigorous evidence useful for policymakers. We also support capacity-building activities for Philippine researchers and support the impact evaluation management framework of the National Economic and Development Authority.

      Working in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, the primary aim is to improve developmental outcomes through evidence-informed decision making in Uganda. 3ie is currently supporting evaluation of government programmes around youth livelihood, family planning, public service delivery and local governance, and universal primary education.

      3ie and the government of Benin are working on a a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries in West Africa, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

      This is a five-year programme (2019-23) that is working on increasing the use of evidence by policymakers in Ghana, Pakistan and Uganda. In partnership with country governments, this programme aims to develop capacity and promote innovation in increasing evidence-informed decision-making. SEDI is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

      View our current funding opportunities for evaluations, systematic reviews and internal replication studies.

      The year 2014 was one of innovation and impact at 3ie. We are supporting policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis in new thematic areas and filling critical knowledge gaps. Our studies are informing development policies and improving programmes. As a global leader in funding the production of high-quality evidence, we continued to support rigorous impact evaluations and full systematic reviews. Responding to demand, we expanded our capacity to produce evidence gap maps and rapid evidence reviews. Read highlights of ourwork and achievements.

      Thematic Window 10, breaking through stagnation: testing innovations in engaging communities in increasing immunisation coverage
      We invite proposals for evaluation of programmes of that have adopted innovative approaches to community engagement for increasing immunisation coverage in Gavi-eligible countries. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 10 July. Read more

      Systematic Reviews Call 8
      We invite proposals for systematic reviews that explore the impact of development interventions in the areas of sanitation and hygiene, humanitarian assistance and climate change. Deadline for applications: 12 noon GMT, 22 May.

      Replication Window 3: internal replications of impact evaluations of HIV prevention interventions
      We invite expressions of interest from researchers to conduct internal replications of influential, innovative or controversial impact evaluations of biomedical, behavioural, social and structural determinants of HIV prevention interventions. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 31 May. Read more

      Policy Window Philippines, peace and development programmes: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

      Policy Window 3, programmes implemented by the Ministry of Education, Government of Rwanda: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

      Policy Window 3, community-based health initiatives in Bihar
      We have awarded two grants for the impact evaluation of Gram Varta, a community mobilisation initiative, and the impact of the nodal Anganwadi centres in Bihar to the University of Göttingen and the Institute for Human Development respectively. Read more

      Policy Window 3, girls’ education in Benin
      We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the African School of Economics to design an impact evaluation of a girls’ education programme implemented by the Government of Benin.

      Policy Window Philippines, programmes on social welfare and development
      We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Philippine Institute of Development Studies to design an impact evaluation of a programme implemented by the Department of Social Welfare Development, Government of Philippines. Read more

      Bursary awards
      Since January 2015, we have awarded a total of 19 bursaries to applicants from Africa, the Middle East and Latin American and Caribbean region. In February, ten bursaries were awarded to applicants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region attending the 3ie-American University in Cairo workshop on systematic reviews and the MENA evaluation conference in Cairo. Bursary recipients from Egypt (1), Jordan (3), Morocco (2), Lebanon (1), Sudan (1) and Tunisia (2) represented non-profit organisations and government agencies.

      Applicants nominated by 3ie’s members in Africa were awarded bursaries to attend the Uganda Evaluation Week on 10-14 March in Kampala. The recipients, from Benin (2), Burkina Faso (1), Senegal (2) and South Africa (2) largely represented government agencies involved in monitoring and policy planning.

      We supported two applicants attending the 2015 Year of Evaluation Regional Conference in Lima, Peru, on 11-13 March. The Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) nominated one of the Mexican participants and 3ie selected a presenter from Argentina through a competitive process.

      Using data to inform investment climate reform in Malawi
      The Government of Malawi, while implementing investment climate reforms, particularly, the new Business Registration Act, was interested in knowing more about the characteristics of informal firms to decide on a turnover threshold, above which registration for firms could be mandatory. However, the government had little information about the distribution of turnover (size) of firms. In an ongoing study by Innovations for Poverty Action, researchers had collected these data as part of their baseline listing over 7,250 enterprises in Malawi. At the government’s request, the team provided summary statistics and helped inform discussions on setting the turnover threshold for firm registration. Read more about the study

      Strengthening programme implementation with timely inputs in Zimbabwe
      The Government of Zimbabwe’s harmonised social cash transfer (HSCT) programme is targeted towards ultra-poor households with labour constraints or high-dependency ratios. These are typically AIDS-affected households, with orphans and vulnerable children or with caregivers that are HIV-positive. Researchers from the University of North Carolina are trying to investigate the economic impact of the HSCT on both target households and the local community. An initial report from the study pointed to implementation issues on the ground stemming from lack of coordination between development programmes implemented by different ministries, especially the Basic Education Assistance Module of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Services. In order to resolve the issue and facilitate a more coordinated implementation approach, the government is considering an MoU between the two ministries. The government is invested in the research project, and the government–researcher collaboration will be put forth as a partnership model in a forthcoming book on transfer project evaluations published by Oxford University Press. HSCT will be featured with its own chapter to be co-authored by government counterparts and the evaluation team. Read more about the study

      3ie Impact Evaluation Report 21, Shelter from the storm: upgrading housing infrastructure in Latin American slums: This study evaluated the impact of providing inexpensive pre-fabricated houses to families living in slums tenements in Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay. The findings showed that the intervention led to substantial increases in beneficiary satisfaction and quality of life. There was also a significant reduction in incidences of diarrhoea among children in Mexico and El Salvador. Besides this, beneficiaries in El Salvador also felt the houses increased their sense of security. The study also showed that the urban poor are willing to trade off housing conditions for better access to labour markets and hence, higher earnings. Read more

      3ie Impact Evaluation Report 22, A wide angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana, India: This study evaluated the impact of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme and the Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) designed to improve student learning in primary and upper primary schools in the Indian state of Haryana. While CCE aims to provide teachers and students with broad-based and frequent feedback on performance, LEP offers tools and allocates time within the school day to enable teachers to focus their teaching at each child’s competency level. The study finds that LEP has a large positive impact on students’ basic Hindi language skills, indicating that programmes focused on teaching at the appropriate level can play a role in improving poor learning outcomes. Read more

      3ie Impact Evaluation Report 23, Enhancing food production and food security through improved inputs: an evaluation of Tanzania’s National Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme with a focus on gender impacts: Findings from this study highlighted the disenfranchised position of female‐headed households relative to their male counterparts. The evaluation also found that food insecurity and reduced dietary diversity were common among female-headed households. Results from the qualitative study confirmed and contextualised these findings, showing that although female farmers felt the programme could help boost yields, many could not afford the top-up payment. As a result they did not participate. Read more

      Resources on peacebuilding interventions: We have launched a scoping paper that reviews the supply of and demand for evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews on peacebuilding interventions. We produced an evidence gap map that provides access to the best available evidence on the outcomes of peacebuilding interventions in conflict-affected settings in low- and middle-income countries. The evidence gap map report explains the scope and methods and analyses the information in the map.

      New feature on 3ie evidence gap map - platform population characteristics: We have added a new filter to the interactive evidence gap map platform that allows users to filter evidence by population characteristics. For example, in the evidence gap map of productive safety net programmes, users can now see which of the studies included in the evidence gap map evaluate intervention effects for people living on less than US$1.25 a day, people living below a national poverty line or people defined as food insecure. This feature will allow users to identify evidence that can help inform effective targeting of interventions in ways that achieve the greatest benefit for intended beneficiaries. It also enables identification of evidence gaps in our knowledge of what works best for whom.

      Webinar on the 3ie evidence gap map on global productive safety net programmes: Martina Vojtkova, 3ie evaluation specialist, presented this recently-launched USAID-funded evidence gap map using a webinar. Watch recording.

      Evidence matters to policymaking (19 February) Op-ed by Radhika Menon, 3ie senior policy and advocacy officer and Howard White, co-chair, Campbell Collaboration, was published in The Hindu.

      Call for papers: IDEAS Global Assembly 2015 on Evaluating sustainable development, deadline: 15 May 2015

      Partnership for Economic Policy annual conference on Inclusive growth and employment for poverty reduction, 29 April-8 May, Nairobi

      Association of Commonwealth Universities and the South African Research & Innovation Management Association conference on Research and innovation for global challenges, 10-14 May, Johannesburg

      Job opportunity: Chief Measurement and Impact Evaluation Officer, Global Fund to End Slavery, Washington, DC


      Shelter From the Storm: RIICE Combines Technology and Insurance to Support Rice Farmers - Recipes

      At the core of our work, impact evaluations are rigorous studies that measure the effects of international development programmes. We focus on conducting impact evaluations on policy-relevant research questions where credible findings can drive decision-making.

      3ie invented evidence gap maps, which provide a visual overview of existing and ongoing studies or reviews in a sector or sub-sector of international development. These maps help policymakers find the most relevant evidence for a given question, thereby improving decision-making.

      Our synthesis products, including systematic reviews, integrate findings from multiple different studies which address a common research question. Because they look systematically across the evidence base to see what works and why, systematic reviews and other synthesis products are more reliable for decision-making than results from a single study used in an ad hoc way.

      Often, policy decisions must be made quickly. To make sure that decision-makers get the evidence they need when they need it, 3ie has developed a set of helpdesk services and rapid evidence products. Our Rapid Response Briefs and Rapid Evidence Assessments draw from the latest high-quality research to answer policy questions in a fraction of the time of traditional evaluations or systematic reviews.

      We work with governments and other organizations to build their capacities in evaluation and evidence-informed decision-making. In addition to providing trainings on a wide range of evaluation methods, we offer ongoing support services to ensure our partners have access to the most up-to-date evidence and evaluation tools.

      3ie specialises in increasing access to, demand for and use of evidence by governments, parliaments, programme managers, civil society, programme participants and the media. We do this by emphasising the value of planning and engaging with stakeholders to ensure that evaluations and reviews are relevant and useful. We use robust and effective monitoring to measure evidence use so that we can convey evidence impact on programmes and policies with greater confidence.

      Since 3ie was founded, transparency, reproducibility, and ethics (TRE) have been core considerations in our work. We have developed and refined tools and best practices to ensure our studies apply technically rigorous methodologies, transparently share design and analysis decisions, yield computationally reproducible analysis, and incorporate foundational principles of research ethics into design, implementation, and dissemination. 3ie’s Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics (TRE) Policy articulates this commitment to TRE best practices.

      3ie’s Development Evidence Portal is the largest-of-its-kind repository of rigorous evidence on what works in international development. This portal includes evaluations and synthesis of studies conducted in low-and middle-income countries. It combines records from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation and Systematic Review repositories, as well as, evidence gap maps.

      These provide a visual display of completed and ongoing systematic reviews and impact evaluations in a sector or sub-sector, structured around a framework of interventions and outcomes.

      Evidence impact summaries briefly describe how 3ie-supported evidence has informed and influenced decision makers. Each summary highlights verified instances of evidence impact.

      We provide funding for replications, conduct in-house replication research and publish guidance on replication methodology. We also provide funding to original authors of 3ie-funded for preparing their raw datasets.

      As part of our mandate as a knowledge producer and translator for our main audiences, we publish a range of knowledge products. These include briefs, impact evaluation reports, systematic review reports and summaries, replication papers, evidence gap map reports, scoping reports and working papers.

      3ie’s Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (RIDIE) aims to enhance the transparency and quality of impact evaluation research before it begins.

        • Agriculture
        • Education
        • Environment
        • Governance
        • Health
        • Humanitarian
        • Infrastructure
        • Livelihoods
        • Public finance
        • Social protection
        • Water, sanitation and hygiene
        • Innovations in data for impact evaluation
        • Replication
        • Research transparency
        • Peacebuilding
        • Philippines
        • Uganda
        • West Africa Capacity-buidling and Impact Evaluation
        • Strengthening the use of evidence for development impact

        3ie’s evidence programmes support studies to fill critical knowledge gaps in a sector, sub-sector or in an area with limited rigorous evidence. We fund studies under a specific theme or which address a particular question or set of questions in programme areas where our donors want to expand global public knowledge of what works and what does not.

        To help address gaps in the understanding of what works and what does not, we fund a variety of studies across this programme area, including interventions focused on insurance, extension, land-use and forestry, and innovation and technology.

        3ie supports impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps on education effectiveness that help answer the questions of what works, for whom, why and at what cost.

        We fund the production of rigorous evidence on biodiversity and forest conservation programmes, environmental regulations, impact of sustainable fuels, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

        3ie is supporting the generation of evidence in areas such as transparency and accountability in natural resource governance. We also fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions to curb corruption, judicial and civil service reforms, land reforms, public financial management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, decentralised governance and public service delivery.

        We fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions on HIV and AIDS, immunisation maternal and child health, nutrition and sexual and reproductive health through a number of evidence programmes. Evidence products from these programmes include replication studies, evidence gap maps, systematic reviews and impact evaluations.

        We are supporting the generation of rigorous evidence in humanitarian contexts on interventions related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, multi-sectoral humanitarian programming and interventions targeting malnutrition.

        We fund the production of rigorous evidence on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of public transportation by rail, bus and rapid transit systems, and essential services such as electricity and gas to expand access, foster inclusive growth, and combat climate change through sustainable systems.

        3ie, in collaboration with India’s rural development ministry is working to generate rigorous evidence on the impact of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

        We support policy-relevant studies that contribute to improving our understanding of public expenditure trends and improving the delivery of public goods.

        We support impact evaluations to build the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the risks faced by the poor through participation in public works and employment programmes.

        3ie’s has two major evidence programmes that support the generation and use of high-quality evidence for informing decision-making in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

        In alignment with our mission, 3ie promotes rigorous, efficient, and ethical use of innovative data sources for impact evaluations, including in those conducted by 3ie, by 3ie research partners, and in the global development community more broadly.

        We set up our Replication Programme to address the need for a freely available global public good that helps improve the quality and reliability of impact evaluation evidence used for development decision-making. Replication is the most established method of research validation in science, yet it has not been fully embraced by the research community or development donors, leading to this gap.

        3ie produces research – whether in-house or through grants or contracts – that clearly and precisely documents the data and methods used in the analysis and the materials used to conduct the study. We have experienced and highly skilled staff ready to support the transparent production of evaluations, systematic reviews, and other knowledge products. .

        Fragility has expensive, long-term consequences and trying to build peace in situations of protracted conflicts is becoming the norm. In 2016, 1.8 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world's population – were living in situations of fragility. Social cohesion is widely considered important in building sustainable peace in fragile contexts.

        We work with various departments in the Philippines government to develop and fund rigorous evidence useful for policymakers. We also support capacity-building activities for Philippine researchers and support the impact evaluation management framework of the National Economic and Development Authority.

        Working in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, the primary aim is to improve developmental outcomes through evidence-informed decision making in Uganda. 3ie is currently supporting evaluation of government programmes around youth livelihood, family planning, public service delivery and local governance, and universal primary education.

        3ie and the government of Benin are working on a a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries in West Africa, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

        This is a five-year programme (2019-23) that is working on increasing the use of evidence by policymakers in Ghana, Pakistan and Uganda. In partnership with country governments, this programme aims to develop capacity and promote innovation in increasing evidence-informed decision-making. SEDI is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

        View our current funding opportunities for evaluations, systematic reviews and internal replication studies.

        The year 2014 was one of innovation and impact at 3ie. We are supporting policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis in new thematic areas and filling critical knowledge gaps. Our studies are informing development policies and improving programmes. As a global leader in funding the production of high-quality evidence, we continued to support rigorous impact evaluations and full systematic reviews. Responding to demand, we expanded our capacity to produce evidence gap maps and rapid evidence reviews. Read highlights of ourwork and achievements.

        Thematic Window 10, breaking through stagnation: testing innovations in engaging communities in increasing immunisation coverage
        We invite proposals for evaluation of programmes of that have adopted innovative approaches to community engagement for increasing immunisation coverage in Gavi-eligible countries. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 10 July. Read more

        Systematic Reviews Call 8
        We invite proposals for systematic reviews that explore the impact of development interventions in the areas of sanitation and hygiene, humanitarian assistance and climate change. Deadline for applications: 12 noon GMT, 22 May.

        Replication Window 3: internal replications of impact evaluations of HIV prevention interventions
        We invite expressions of interest from researchers to conduct internal replications of influential, innovative or controversial impact evaluations of biomedical, behavioural, social and structural determinants of HIV prevention interventions. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 31 May. Read more

        Policy Window Philippines, peace and development programmes: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

        Policy Window 3, programmes implemented by the Ministry of Education, Government of Rwanda: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

        Policy Window 3, community-based health initiatives in Bihar
        We have awarded two grants for the impact evaluation of Gram Varta, a community mobilisation initiative, and the impact of the nodal Anganwadi centres in Bihar to the University of Göttingen and the Institute for Human Development respectively. Read more

        Policy Window 3, girls’ education in Benin
        We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the African School of Economics to design an impact evaluation of a girls’ education programme implemented by the Government of Benin.

        Policy Window Philippines, programmes on social welfare and development
        We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Philippine Institute of Development Studies to design an impact evaluation of a programme implemented by the Department of Social Welfare Development, Government of Philippines. Read more

        Bursary awards
        Since January 2015, we have awarded a total of 19 bursaries to applicants from Africa, the Middle East and Latin American and Caribbean region. In February, ten bursaries were awarded to applicants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region attending the 3ie-American University in Cairo workshop on systematic reviews and the MENA evaluation conference in Cairo. Bursary recipients from Egypt (1), Jordan (3), Morocco (2), Lebanon (1), Sudan (1) and Tunisia (2) represented non-profit organisations and government agencies.

        Applicants nominated by 3ie’s members in Africa were awarded bursaries to attend the Uganda Evaluation Week on 10-14 March in Kampala. The recipients, from Benin (2), Burkina Faso (1), Senegal (2) and South Africa (2) largely represented government agencies involved in monitoring and policy planning.

        We supported two applicants attending the 2015 Year of Evaluation Regional Conference in Lima, Peru, on 11-13 March. The Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) nominated one of the Mexican participants and 3ie selected a presenter from Argentina through a competitive process.

        Using data to inform investment climate reform in Malawi
        The Government of Malawi, while implementing investment climate reforms, particularly, the new Business Registration Act, was interested in knowing more about the characteristics of informal firms to decide on a turnover threshold, above which registration for firms could be mandatory. However, the government had little information about the distribution of turnover (size) of firms. In an ongoing study by Innovations for Poverty Action, researchers had collected these data as part of their baseline listing over 7,250 enterprises in Malawi. At the government’s request, the team provided summary statistics and helped inform discussions on setting the turnover threshold for firm registration. Read more about the study

        Strengthening programme implementation with timely inputs in Zimbabwe
        The Government of Zimbabwe’s harmonised social cash transfer (HSCT) programme is targeted towards ultra-poor households with labour constraints or high-dependency ratios. These are typically AIDS-affected households, with orphans and vulnerable children or with caregivers that are HIV-positive. Researchers from the University of North Carolina are trying to investigate the economic impact of the HSCT on both target households and the local community. An initial report from the study pointed to implementation issues on the ground stemming from lack of coordination between development programmes implemented by different ministries, especially the Basic Education Assistance Module of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Services. In order to resolve the issue and facilitate a more coordinated implementation approach, the government is considering an MoU between the two ministries. The government is invested in the research project, and the government–researcher collaboration will be put forth as a partnership model in a forthcoming book on transfer project evaluations published by Oxford University Press. HSCT will be featured with its own chapter to be co-authored by government counterparts and the evaluation team. Read more about the study

        3ie Impact Evaluation Report 21, Shelter from the storm: upgrading housing infrastructure in Latin American slums: This study evaluated the impact of providing inexpensive pre-fabricated houses to families living in slums tenements in Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay. The findings showed that the intervention led to substantial increases in beneficiary satisfaction and quality of life. There was also a significant reduction in incidences of diarrhoea among children in Mexico and El Salvador. Besides this, beneficiaries in El Salvador also felt the houses increased their sense of security. The study also showed that the urban poor are willing to trade off housing conditions for better access to labour markets and hence, higher earnings. Read more

        3ie Impact Evaluation Report 22, A wide angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana, India: This study evaluated the impact of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme and the Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) designed to improve student learning in primary and upper primary schools in the Indian state of Haryana. While CCE aims to provide teachers and students with broad-based and frequent feedback on performance, LEP offers tools and allocates time within the school day to enable teachers to focus their teaching at each child’s competency level. The study finds that LEP has a large positive impact on students’ basic Hindi language skills, indicating that programmes focused on teaching at the appropriate level can play a role in improving poor learning outcomes. Read more

        3ie Impact Evaluation Report 23, Enhancing food production and food security through improved inputs: an evaluation of Tanzania’s National Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme with a focus on gender impacts: Findings from this study highlighted the disenfranchised position of female‐headed households relative to their male counterparts. The evaluation also found that food insecurity and reduced dietary diversity were common among female-headed households. Results from the qualitative study confirmed and contextualised these findings, showing that although female farmers felt the programme could help boost yields, many could not afford the top-up payment. As a result they did not participate. Read more

        Resources on peacebuilding interventions: We have launched a scoping paper that reviews the supply of and demand for evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews on peacebuilding interventions. We produced an evidence gap map that provides access to the best available evidence on the outcomes of peacebuilding interventions in conflict-affected settings in low- and middle-income countries. The evidence gap map report explains the scope and methods and analyses the information in the map.

        New feature on 3ie evidence gap map - platform population characteristics: We have added a new filter to the interactive evidence gap map platform that allows users to filter evidence by population characteristics. For example, in the evidence gap map of productive safety net programmes, users can now see which of the studies included in the evidence gap map evaluate intervention effects for people living on less than US$1.25 a day, people living below a national poverty line or people defined as food insecure. This feature will allow users to identify evidence that can help inform effective targeting of interventions in ways that achieve the greatest benefit for intended beneficiaries. It also enables identification of evidence gaps in our knowledge of what works best for whom.

        Webinar on the 3ie evidence gap map on global productive safety net programmes: Martina Vojtkova, 3ie evaluation specialist, presented this recently-launched USAID-funded evidence gap map using a webinar. Watch recording.

        Evidence matters to policymaking (19 February) Op-ed by Radhika Menon, 3ie senior policy and advocacy officer and Howard White, co-chair, Campbell Collaboration, was published in The Hindu.

        Call for papers: IDEAS Global Assembly 2015 on Evaluating sustainable development, deadline: 15 May 2015

        Partnership for Economic Policy annual conference on Inclusive growth and employment for poverty reduction, 29 April-8 May, Nairobi

        Association of Commonwealth Universities and the South African Research & Innovation Management Association conference on Research and innovation for global challenges, 10-14 May, Johannesburg

        Job opportunity: Chief Measurement and Impact Evaluation Officer, Global Fund to End Slavery, Washington, DC


        Shelter From the Storm: RIICE Combines Technology and Insurance to Support Rice Farmers - Recipes

        At the core of our work, impact evaluations are rigorous studies that measure the effects of international development programmes. We focus on conducting impact evaluations on policy-relevant research questions where credible findings can drive decision-making.

        3ie invented evidence gap maps, which provide a visual overview of existing and ongoing studies or reviews in a sector or sub-sector of international development. These maps help policymakers find the most relevant evidence for a given question, thereby improving decision-making.

        Our synthesis products, including systematic reviews, integrate findings from multiple different studies which address a common research question. Because they look systematically across the evidence base to see what works and why, systematic reviews and other synthesis products are more reliable for decision-making than results from a single study used in an ad hoc way.

        Often, policy decisions must be made quickly. To make sure that decision-makers get the evidence they need when they need it, 3ie has developed a set of helpdesk services and rapid evidence products. Our Rapid Response Briefs and Rapid Evidence Assessments draw from the latest high-quality research to answer policy questions in a fraction of the time of traditional evaluations or systematic reviews.

        We work with governments and other organizations to build their capacities in evaluation and evidence-informed decision-making. In addition to providing trainings on a wide range of evaluation methods, we offer ongoing support services to ensure our partners have access to the most up-to-date evidence and evaluation tools.

        3ie specialises in increasing access to, demand for and use of evidence by governments, parliaments, programme managers, civil society, programme participants and the media. We do this by emphasising the value of planning and engaging with stakeholders to ensure that evaluations and reviews are relevant and useful. We use robust and effective monitoring to measure evidence use so that we can convey evidence impact on programmes and policies with greater confidence.

        Since 3ie was founded, transparency, reproducibility, and ethics (TRE) have been core considerations in our work. We have developed and refined tools and best practices to ensure our studies apply technically rigorous methodologies, transparently share design and analysis decisions, yield computationally reproducible analysis, and incorporate foundational principles of research ethics into design, implementation, and dissemination. 3ie’s Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics (TRE) Policy articulates this commitment to TRE best practices.

        3ie’s Development Evidence Portal is the largest-of-its-kind repository of rigorous evidence on what works in international development. This portal includes evaluations and synthesis of studies conducted in low-and middle-income countries. It combines records from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation and Systematic Review repositories, as well as, evidence gap maps.

        These provide a visual display of completed and ongoing systematic reviews and impact evaluations in a sector or sub-sector, structured around a framework of interventions and outcomes.

        Evidence impact summaries briefly describe how 3ie-supported evidence has informed and influenced decision makers. Each summary highlights verified instances of evidence impact.

        We provide funding for replications, conduct in-house replication research and publish guidance on replication methodology. We also provide funding to original authors of 3ie-funded for preparing their raw datasets.

        As part of our mandate as a knowledge producer and translator for our main audiences, we publish a range of knowledge products. These include briefs, impact evaluation reports, systematic review reports and summaries, replication papers, evidence gap map reports, scoping reports and working papers.

        3ie’s Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (RIDIE) aims to enhance the transparency and quality of impact evaluation research before it begins.

          • Agriculture
          • Education
          • Environment
          • Governance
          • Health
          • Humanitarian
          • Infrastructure
          • Livelihoods
          • Public finance
          • Social protection
          • Water, sanitation and hygiene
          • Innovations in data for impact evaluation
          • Replication
          • Research transparency
          • Peacebuilding
          • Philippines
          • Uganda
          • West Africa Capacity-buidling and Impact Evaluation
          • Strengthening the use of evidence for development impact

          3ie’s evidence programmes support studies to fill critical knowledge gaps in a sector, sub-sector or in an area with limited rigorous evidence. We fund studies under a specific theme or which address a particular question or set of questions in programme areas where our donors want to expand global public knowledge of what works and what does not.

          To help address gaps in the understanding of what works and what does not, we fund a variety of studies across this programme area, including interventions focused on insurance, extension, land-use and forestry, and innovation and technology.

          3ie supports impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps on education effectiveness that help answer the questions of what works, for whom, why and at what cost.

          We fund the production of rigorous evidence on biodiversity and forest conservation programmes, environmental regulations, impact of sustainable fuels, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

          3ie is supporting the generation of evidence in areas such as transparency and accountability in natural resource governance. We also fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions to curb corruption, judicial and civil service reforms, land reforms, public financial management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, decentralised governance and public service delivery.

          We fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions on HIV and AIDS, immunisation maternal and child health, nutrition and sexual and reproductive health through a number of evidence programmes. Evidence products from these programmes include replication studies, evidence gap maps, systematic reviews and impact evaluations.

          We are supporting the generation of rigorous evidence in humanitarian contexts on interventions related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, multi-sectoral humanitarian programming and interventions targeting malnutrition.

          We fund the production of rigorous evidence on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of public transportation by rail, bus and rapid transit systems, and essential services such as electricity and gas to expand access, foster inclusive growth, and combat climate change through sustainable systems.

          3ie, in collaboration with India’s rural development ministry is working to generate rigorous evidence on the impact of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

          We support policy-relevant studies that contribute to improving our understanding of public expenditure trends and improving the delivery of public goods.

          We support impact evaluations to build the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the risks faced by the poor through participation in public works and employment programmes.

          3ie’s has two major evidence programmes that support the generation and use of high-quality evidence for informing decision-making in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

          In alignment with our mission, 3ie promotes rigorous, efficient, and ethical use of innovative data sources for impact evaluations, including in those conducted by 3ie, by 3ie research partners, and in the global development community more broadly.

          We set up our Replication Programme to address the need for a freely available global public good that helps improve the quality and reliability of impact evaluation evidence used for development decision-making. Replication is the most established method of research validation in science, yet it has not been fully embraced by the research community or development donors, leading to this gap.

          3ie produces research – whether in-house or through grants or contracts – that clearly and precisely documents the data and methods used in the analysis and the materials used to conduct the study. We have experienced and highly skilled staff ready to support the transparent production of evaluations, systematic reviews, and other knowledge products. .

          Fragility has expensive, long-term consequences and trying to build peace in situations of protracted conflicts is becoming the norm. In 2016, 1.8 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world's population – were living in situations of fragility. Social cohesion is widely considered important in building sustainable peace in fragile contexts.

          We work with various departments in the Philippines government to develop and fund rigorous evidence useful for policymakers. We also support capacity-building activities for Philippine researchers and support the impact evaluation management framework of the National Economic and Development Authority.

          Working in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, the primary aim is to improve developmental outcomes through evidence-informed decision making in Uganda. 3ie is currently supporting evaluation of government programmes around youth livelihood, family planning, public service delivery and local governance, and universal primary education.

          3ie and the government of Benin are working on a a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries in West Africa, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

          This is a five-year programme (2019-23) that is working on increasing the use of evidence by policymakers in Ghana, Pakistan and Uganda. In partnership with country governments, this programme aims to develop capacity and promote innovation in increasing evidence-informed decision-making. SEDI is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

          View our current funding opportunities for evaluations, systematic reviews and internal replication studies.

          The year 2014 was one of innovation and impact at 3ie. We are supporting policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis in new thematic areas and filling critical knowledge gaps. Our studies are informing development policies and improving programmes. As a global leader in funding the production of high-quality evidence, we continued to support rigorous impact evaluations and full systematic reviews. Responding to demand, we expanded our capacity to produce evidence gap maps and rapid evidence reviews. Read highlights of ourwork and achievements.

          Thematic Window 10, breaking through stagnation: testing innovations in engaging communities in increasing immunisation coverage
          We invite proposals for evaluation of programmes of that have adopted innovative approaches to community engagement for increasing immunisation coverage in Gavi-eligible countries. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 10 July. Read more

          Systematic Reviews Call 8
          We invite proposals for systematic reviews that explore the impact of development interventions in the areas of sanitation and hygiene, humanitarian assistance and climate change. Deadline for applications: 12 noon GMT, 22 May.

          Replication Window 3: internal replications of impact evaluations of HIV prevention interventions
          We invite expressions of interest from researchers to conduct internal replications of influential, innovative or controversial impact evaluations of biomedical, behavioural, social and structural determinants of HIV prevention interventions. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 31 May. Read more

          Policy Window Philippines, peace and development programmes: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

          Policy Window 3, programmes implemented by the Ministry of Education, Government of Rwanda: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

          Policy Window 3, community-based health initiatives in Bihar
          We have awarded two grants for the impact evaluation of Gram Varta, a community mobilisation initiative, and the impact of the nodal Anganwadi centres in Bihar to the University of Göttingen and the Institute for Human Development respectively. Read more

          Policy Window 3, girls’ education in Benin
          We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the African School of Economics to design an impact evaluation of a girls’ education programme implemented by the Government of Benin.

          Policy Window Philippines, programmes on social welfare and development
          We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Philippine Institute of Development Studies to design an impact evaluation of a programme implemented by the Department of Social Welfare Development, Government of Philippines. Read more

          Bursary awards
          Since January 2015, we have awarded a total of 19 bursaries to applicants from Africa, the Middle East and Latin American and Caribbean region. In February, ten bursaries were awarded to applicants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region attending the 3ie-American University in Cairo workshop on systematic reviews and the MENA evaluation conference in Cairo. Bursary recipients from Egypt (1), Jordan (3), Morocco (2), Lebanon (1), Sudan (1) and Tunisia (2) represented non-profit organisations and government agencies.

          Applicants nominated by 3ie’s members in Africa were awarded bursaries to attend the Uganda Evaluation Week on 10-14 March in Kampala. The recipients, from Benin (2), Burkina Faso (1), Senegal (2) and South Africa (2) largely represented government agencies involved in monitoring and policy planning.

          We supported two applicants attending the 2015 Year of Evaluation Regional Conference in Lima, Peru, on 11-13 March. The Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) nominated one of the Mexican participants and 3ie selected a presenter from Argentina through a competitive process.

          Using data to inform investment climate reform in Malawi
          The Government of Malawi, while implementing investment climate reforms, particularly, the new Business Registration Act, was interested in knowing more about the characteristics of informal firms to decide on a turnover threshold, above which registration for firms could be mandatory. However, the government had little information about the distribution of turnover (size) of firms. In an ongoing study by Innovations for Poverty Action, researchers had collected these data as part of their baseline listing over 7,250 enterprises in Malawi. At the government’s request, the team provided summary statistics and helped inform discussions on setting the turnover threshold for firm registration. Read more about the study

          Strengthening programme implementation with timely inputs in Zimbabwe
          The Government of Zimbabwe’s harmonised social cash transfer (HSCT) programme is targeted towards ultra-poor households with labour constraints or high-dependency ratios. These are typically AIDS-affected households, with orphans and vulnerable children or with caregivers that are HIV-positive. Researchers from the University of North Carolina are trying to investigate the economic impact of the HSCT on both target households and the local community. An initial report from the study pointed to implementation issues on the ground stemming from lack of coordination between development programmes implemented by different ministries, especially the Basic Education Assistance Module of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Services. In order to resolve the issue and facilitate a more coordinated implementation approach, the government is considering an MoU between the two ministries. The government is invested in the research project, and the government–researcher collaboration will be put forth as a partnership model in a forthcoming book on transfer project evaluations published by Oxford University Press. HSCT will be featured with its own chapter to be co-authored by government counterparts and the evaluation team. Read more about the study

          3ie Impact Evaluation Report 21, Shelter from the storm: upgrading housing infrastructure in Latin American slums: This study evaluated the impact of providing inexpensive pre-fabricated houses to families living in slums tenements in Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay. The findings showed that the intervention led to substantial increases in beneficiary satisfaction and quality of life. There was also a significant reduction in incidences of diarrhoea among children in Mexico and El Salvador. Besides this, beneficiaries in El Salvador also felt the houses increased their sense of security. The study also showed that the urban poor are willing to trade off housing conditions for better access to labour markets and hence, higher earnings. Read more

          3ie Impact Evaluation Report 22, A wide angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana, India: This study evaluated the impact of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme and the Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) designed to improve student learning in primary and upper primary schools in the Indian state of Haryana. While CCE aims to provide teachers and students with broad-based and frequent feedback on performance, LEP offers tools and allocates time within the school day to enable teachers to focus their teaching at each child’s competency level. The study finds that LEP has a large positive impact on students’ basic Hindi language skills, indicating that programmes focused on teaching at the appropriate level can play a role in improving poor learning outcomes. Read more

          3ie Impact Evaluation Report 23, Enhancing food production and food security through improved inputs: an evaluation of Tanzania’s National Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme with a focus on gender impacts: Findings from this study highlighted the disenfranchised position of female‐headed households relative to their male counterparts. The evaluation also found that food insecurity and reduced dietary diversity were common among female-headed households. Results from the qualitative study confirmed and contextualised these findings, showing that although female farmers felt the programme could help boost yields, many could not afford the top-up payment. As a result they did not participate. Read more

          Resources on peacebuilding interventions: We have launched a scoping paper that reviews the supply of and demand for evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews on peacebuilding interventions. We produced an evidence gap map that provides access to the best available evidence on the outcomes of peacebuilding interventions in conflict-affected settings in low- and middle-income countries. The evidence gap map report explains the scope and methods and analyses the information in the map.

          New feature on 3ie evidence gap map - platform population characteristics: We have added a new filter to the interactive evidence gap map platform that allows users to filter evidence by population characteristics. For example, in the evidence gap map of productive safety net programmes, users can now see which of the studies included in the evidence gap map evaluate intervention effects for people living on less than US$1.25 a day, people living below a national poverty line or people defined as food insecure. This feature will allow users to identify evidence that can help inform effective targeting of interventions in ways that achieve the greatest benefit for intended beneficiaries. It also enables identification of evidence gaps in our knowledge of what works best for whom.

          Webinar on the 3ie evidence gap map on global productive safety net programmes: Martina Vojtkova, 3ie evaluation specialist, presented this recently-launched USAID-funded evidence gap map using a webinar. Watch recording.

          Evidence matters to policymaking (19 February) Op-ed by Radhika Menon, 3ie senior policy and advocacy officer and Howard White, co-chair, Campbell Collaboration, was published in The Hindu.

          Call for papers: IDEAS Global Assembly 2015 on Evaluating sustainable development, deadline: 15 May 2015

          Partnership for Economic Policy annual conference on Inclusive growth and employment for poverty reduction, 29 April-8 May, Nairobi

          Association of Commonwealth Universities and the South African Research & Innovation Management Association conference on Research and innovation for global challenges, 10-14 May, Johannesburg

          Job opportunity: Chief Measurement and Impact Evaluation Officer, Global Fund to End Slavery, Washington, DC


          Shelter From the Storm: RIICE Combines Technology and Insurance to Support Rice Farmers - Recipes

          At the core of our work, impact evaluations are rigorous studies that measure the effects of international development programmes. We focus on conducting impact evaluations on policy-relevant research questions where credible findings can drive decision-making.

          3ie invented evidence gap maps, which provide a visual overview of existing and ongoing studies or reviews in a sector or sub-sector of international development. These maps help policymakers find the most relevant evidence for a given question, thereby improving decision-making.

          Our synthesis products, including systematic reviews, integrate findings from multiple different studies which address a common research question. Because they look systematically across the evidence base to see what works and why, systematic reviews and other synthesis products are more reliable for decision-making than results from a single study used in an ad hoc way.

          Often, policy decisions must be made quickly. To make sure that decision-makers get the evidence they need when they need it, 3ie has developed a set of helpdesk services and rapid evidence products. Our Rapid Response Briefs and Rapid Evidence Assessments draw from the latest high-quality research to answer policy questions in a fraction of the time of traditional evaluations or systematic reviews.

          We work with governments and other organizations to build their capacities in evaluation and evidence-informed decision-making. In addition to providing trainings on a wide range of evaluation methods, we offer ongoing support services to ensure our partners have access to the most up-to-date evidence and evaluation tools.

          3ie specialises in increasing access to, demand for and use of evidence by governments, parliaments, programme managers, civil society, programme participants and the media. We do this by emphasising the value of planning and engaging with stakeholders to ensure that evaluations and reviews are relevant and useful. We use robust and effective monitoring to measure evidence use so that we can convey evidence impact on programmes and policies with greater confidence.

          Since 3ie was founded, transparency, reproducibility, and ethics (TRE) have been core considerations in our work. We have developed and refined tools and best practices to ensure our studies apply technically rigorous methodologies, transparently share design and analysis decisions, yield computationally reproducible analysis, and incorporate foundational principles of research ethics into design, implementation, and dissemination. 3ie’s Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics (TRE) Policy articulates this commitment to TRE best practices.

          3ie’s Development Evidence Portal is the largest-of-its-kind repository of rigorous evidence on what works in international development. This portal includes evaluations and synthesis of studies conducted in low-and middle-income countries. It combines records from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation and Systematic Review repositories, as well as, evidence gap maps.

          These provide a visual display of completed and ongoing systematic reviews and impact evaluations in a sector or sub-sector, structured around a framework of interventions and outcomes.

          Evidence impact summaries briefly describe how 3ie-supported evidence has informed and influenced decision makers. Each summary highlights verified instances of evidence impact.

          We provide funding for replications, conduct in-house replication research and publish guidance on replication methodology. We also provide funding to original authors of 3ie-funded for preparing their raw datasets.

          As part of our mandate as a knowledge producer and translator for our main audiences, we publish a range of knowledge products. These include briefs, impact evaluation reports, systematic review reports and summaries, replication papers, evidence gap map reports, scoping reports and working papers.

          3ie’s Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (RIDIE) aims to enhance the transparency and quality of impact evaluation research before it begins.

            • Agriculture
            • Education
            • Environment
            • Governance
            • Health
            • Humanitarian
            • Infrastructure
            • Livelihoods
            • Public finance
            • Social protection
            • Water, sanitation and hygiene
            • Innovations in data for impact evaluation
            • Replication
            • Research transparency
            • Peacebuilding
            • Philippines
            • Uganda
            • West Africa Capacity-buidling and Impact Evaluation
            • Strengthening the use of evidence for development impact

            3ie’s evidence programmes support studies to fill critical knowledge gaps in a sector, sub-sector or in an area with limited rigorous evidence. We fund studies under a specific theme or which address a particular question or set of questions in programme areas where our donors want to expand global public knowledge of what works and what does not.

            To help address gaps in the understanding of what works and what does not, we fund a variety of studies across this programme area, including interventions focused on insurance, extension, land-use and forestry, and innovation and technology.

            3ie supports impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps on education effectiveness that help answer the questions of what works, for whom, why and at what cost.

            We fund the production of rigorous evidence on biodiversity and forest conservation programmes, environmental regulations, impact of sustainable fuels, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

            3ie is supporting the generation of evidence in areas such as transparency and accountability in natural resource governance. We also fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions to curb corruption, judicial and civil service reforms, land reforms, public financial management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, decentralised governance and public service delivery.

            We fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions on HIV and AIDS, immunisation maternal and child health, nutrition and sexual and reproductive health through a number of evidence programmes. Evidence products from these programmes include replication studies, evidence gap maps, systematic reviews and impact evaluations.

            We are supporting the generation of rigorous evidence in humanitarian contexts on interventions related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, multi-sectoral humanitarian programming and interventions targeting malnutrition.

            We fund the production of rigorous evidence on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of public transportation by rail, bus and rapid transit systems, and essential services such as electricity and gas to expand access, foster inclusive growth, and combat climate change through sustainable systems.

            3ie, in collaboration with India’s rural development ministry is working to generate rigorous evidence on the impact of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

            We support policy-relevant studies that contribute to improving our understanding of public expenditure trends and improving the delivery of public goods.

            We support impact evaluations to build the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the risks faced by the poor through participation in public works and employment programmes.

            3ie’s has two major evidence programmes that support the generation and use of high-quality evidence for informing decision-making in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

            In alignment with our mission, 3ie promotes rigorous, efficient, and ethical use of innovative data sources for impact evaluations, including in those conducted by 3ie, by 3ie research partners, and in the global development community more broadly.

            We set up our Replication Programme to address the need for a freely available global public good that helps improve the quality and reliability of impact evaluation evidence used for development decision-making. Replication is the most established method of research validation in science, yet it has not been fully embraced by the research community or development donors, leading to this gap.

            3ie produces research – whether in-house or through grants or contracts – that clearly and precisely documents the data and methods used in the analysis and the materials used to conduct the study. We have experienced and highly skilled staff ready to support the transparent production of evaluations, systematic reviews, and other knowledge products. .

            Fragility has expensive, long-term consequences and trying to build peace in situations of protracted conflicts is becoming the norm. In 2016, 1.8 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world's population – were living in situations of fragility. Social cohesion is widely considered important in building sustainable peace in fragile contexts.

            We work with various departments in the Philippines government to develop and fund rigorous evidence useful for policymakers. We also support capacity-building activities for Philippine researchers and support the impact evaluation management framework of the National Economic and Development Authority.

            Working in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, the primary aim is to improve developmental outcomes through evidence-informed decision making in Uganda. 3ie is currently supporting evaluation of government programmes around youth livelihood, family planning, public service delivery and local governance, and universal primary education.

            3ie and the government of Benin are working on a a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries in West Africa, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

            This is a five-year programme (2019-23) that is working on increasing the use of evidence by policymakers in Ghana, Pakistan and Uganda. In partnership with country governments, this programme aims to develop capacity and promote innovation in increasing evidence-informed decision-making. SEDI is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

            View our current funding opportunities for evaluations, systematic reviews and internal replication studies.

            The year 2014 was one of innovation and impact at 3ie. We are supporting policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis in new thematic areas and filling critical knowledge gaps. Our studies are informing development policies and improving programmes. As a global leader in funding the production of high-quality evidence, we continued to support rigorous impact evaluations and full systematic reviews. Responding to demand, we expanded our capacity to produce evidence gap maps and rapid evidence reviews. Read highlights of ourwork and achievements.

            Thematic Window 10, breaking through stagnation: testing innovations in engaging communities in increasing immunisation coverage
            We invite proposals for evaluation of programmes of that have adopted innovative approaches to community engagement for increasing immunisation coverage in Gavi-eligible countries. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 10 July. Read more

            Systematic Reviews Call 8
            We invite proposals for systematic reviews that explore the impact of development interventions in the areas of sanitation and hygiene, humanitarian assistance and climate change. Deadline for applications: 12 noon GMT, 22 May.

            Replication Window 3: internal replications of impact evaluations of HIV prevention interventions
            We invite expressions of interest from researchers to conduct internal replications of influential, innovative or controversial impact evaluations of biomedical, behavioural, social and structural determinants of HIV prevention interventions. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 31 May. Read more

            Policy Window Philippines, peace and development programmes: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

            Policy Window 3, programmes implemented by the Ministry of Education, Government of Rwanda: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

            Policy Window 3, community-based health initiatives in Bihar
            We have awarded two grants for the impact evaluation of Gram Varta, a community mobilisation initiative, and the impact of the nodal Anganwadi centres in Bihar to the University of Göttingen and the Institute for Human Development respectively. Read more

            Policy Window 3, girls’ education in Benin
            We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the African School of Economics to design an impact evaluation of a girls’ education programme implemented by the Government of Benin.

            Policy Window Philippines, programmes on social welfare and development
            We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Philippine Institute of Development Studies to design an impact evaluation of a programme implemented by the Department of Social Welfare Development, Government of Philippines. Read more

            Bursary awards
            Since January 2015, we have awarded a total of 19 bursaries to applicants from Africa, the Middle East and Latin American and Caribbean region. In February, ten bursaries were awarded to applicants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region attending the 3ie-American University in Cairo workshop on systematic reviews and the MENA evaluation conference in Cairo. Bursary recipients from Egypt (1), Jordan (3), Morocco (2), Lebanon (1), Sudan (1) and Tunisia (2) represented non-profit organisations and government agencies.

            Applicants nominated by 3ie’s members in Africa were awarded bursaries to attend the Uganda Evaluation Week on 10-14 March in Kampala. The recipients, from Benin (2), Burkina Faso (1), Senegal (2) and South Africa (2) largely represented government agencies involved in monitoring and policy planning.

            We supported two applicants attending the 2015 Year of Evaluation Regional Conference in Lima, Peru, on 11-13 March. The Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) nominated one of the Mexican participants and 3ie selected a presenter from Argentina through a competitive process.

            Using data to inform investment climate reform in Malawi
            The Government of Malawi, while implementing investment climate reforms, particularly, the new Business Registration Act, was interested in knowing more about the characteristics of informal firms to decide on a turnover threshold, above which registration for firms could be mandatory. However, the government had little information about the distribution of turnover (size) of firms. In an ongoing study by Innovations for Poverty Action, researchers had collected these data as part of their baseline listing over 7,250 enterprises in Malawi. At the government’s request, the team provided summary statistics and helped inform discussions on setting the turnover threshold for firm registration. Read more about the study

            Strengthening programme implementation with timely inputs in Zimbabwe
            The Government of Zimbabwe’s harmonised social cash transfer (HSCT) programme is targeted towards ultra-poor households with labour constraints or high-dependency ratios. These are typically AIDS-affected households, with orphans and vulnerable children or with caregivers that are HIV-positive. Researchers from the University of North Carolina are trying to investigate the economic impact of the HSCT on both target households and the local community. An initial report from the study pointed to implementation issues on the ground stemming from lack of coordination between development programmes implemented by different ministries, especially the Basic Education Assistance Module of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Services. In order to resolve the issue and facilitate a more coordinated implementation approach, the government is considering an MoU between the two ministries. The government is invested in the research project, and the government–researcher collaboration will be put forth as a partnership model in a forthcoming book on transfer project evaluations published by Oxford University Press. HSCT will be featured with its own chapter to be co-authored by government counterparts and the evaluation team. Read more about the study

            3ie Impact Evaluation Report 21, Shelter from the storm: upgrading housing infrastructure in Latin American slums: This study evaluated the impact of providing inexpensive pre-fabricated houses to families living in slums tenements in Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay. The findings showed that the intervention led to substantial increases in beneficiary satisfaction and quality of life. There was also a significant reduction in incidences of diarrhoea among children in Mexico and El Salvador. Besides this, beneficiaries in El Salvador also felt the houses increased their sense of security. The study also showed that the urban poor are willing to trade off housing conditions for better access to labour markets and hence, higher earnings. Read more

            3ie Impact Evaluation Report 22, A wide angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana, India: This study evaluated the impact of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme and the Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) designed to improve student learning in primary and upper primary schools in the Indian state of Haryana. While CCE aims to provide teachers and students with broad-based and frequent feedback on performance, LEP offers tools and allocates time within the school day to enable teachers to focus their teaching at each child’s competency level. The study finds that LEP has a large positive impact on students’ basic Hindi language skills, indicating that programmes focused on teaching at the appropriate level can play a role in improving poor learning outcomes. Read more

            3ie Impact Evaluation Report 23, Enhancing food production and food security through improved inputs: an evaluation of Tanzania’s National Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme with a focus on gender impacts: Findings from this study highlighted the disenfranchised position of female‐headed households relative to their male counterparts. The evaluation also found that food insecurity and reduced dietary diversity were common among female-headed households. Results from the qualitative study confirmed and contextualised these findings, showing that although female farmers felt the programme could help boost yields, many could not afford the top-up payment. As a result they did not participate. Read more

            Resources on peacebuilding interventions: We have launched a scoping paper that reviews the supply of and demand for evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews on peacebuilding interventions. We produced an evidence gap map that provides access to the best available evidence on the outcomes of peacebuilding interventions in conflict-affected settings in low- and middle-income countries. The evidence gap map report explains the scope and methods and analyses the information in the map.

            New feature on 3ie evidence gap map - platform population characteristics: We have added a new filter to the interactive evidence gap map platform that allows users to filter evidence by population characteristics. For example, in the evidence gap map of productive safety net programmes, users can now see which of the studies included in the evidence gap map evaluate intervention effects for people living on less than US$1.25 a day, people living below a national poverty line or people defined as food insecure. This feature will allow users to identify evidence that can help inform effective targeting of interventions in ways that achieve the greatest benefit for intended beneficiaries. It also enables identification of evidence gaps in our knowledge of what works best for whom.

            Webinar on the 3ie evidence gap map on global productive safety net programmes: Martina Vojtkova, 3ie evaluation specialist, presented this recently-launched USAID-funded evidence gap map using a webinar. Watch recording.

            Evidence matters to policymaking (19 February) Op-ed by Radhika Menon, 3ie senior policy and advocacy officer and Howard White, co-chair, Campbell Collaboration, was published in The Hindu.

            Call for papers: IDEAS Global Assembly 2015 on Evaluating sustainable development, deadline: 15 May 2015

            Partnership for Economic Policy annual conference on Inclusive growth and employment for poverty reduction, 29 April-8 May, Nairobi

            Association of Commonwealth Universities and the South African Research & Innovation Management Association conference on Research and innovation for global challenges, 10-14 May, Johannesburg

            Job opportunity: Chief Measurement and Impact Evaluation Officer, Global Fund to End Slavery, Washington, DC


            Shelter From the Storm: RIICE Combines Technology and Insurance to Support Rice Farmers - Recipes

            At the core of our work, impact evaluations are rigorous studies that measure the effects of international development programmes. We focus on conducting impact evaluations on policy-relevant research questions where credible findings can drive decision-making.

            3ie invented evidence gap maps, which provide a visual overview of existing and ongoing studies or reviews in a sector or sub-sector of international development. These maps help policymakers find the most relevant evidence for a given question, thereby improving decision-making.

            Our synthesis products, including systematic reviews, integrate findings from multiple different studies which address a common research question. Because they look systematically across the evidence base to see what works and why, systematic reviews and other synthesis products are more reliable for decision-making than results from a single study used in an ad hoc way.

            Often, policy decisions must be made quickly. To make sure that decision-makers get the evidence they need when they need it, 3ie has developed a set of helpdesk services and rapid evidence products. Our Rapid Response Briefs and Rapid Evidence Assessments draw from the latest high-quality research to answer policy questions in a fraction of the time of traditional evaluations or systematic reviews.

            We work with governments and other organizations to build their capacities in evaluation and evidence-informed decision-making. In addition to providing trainings on a wide range of evaluation methods, we offer ongoing support services to ensure our partners have access to the most up-to-date evidence and evaluation tools.

            3ie specialises in increasing access to, demand for and use of evidence by governments, parliaments, programme managers, civil society, programme participants and the media. We do this by emphasising the value of planning and engaging with stakeholders to ensure that evaluations and reviews are relevant and useful. We use robust and effective monitoring to measure evidence use so that we can convey evidence impact on programmes and policies with greater confidence.

            Since 3ie was founded, transparency, reproducibility, and ethics (TRE) have been core considerations in our work. We have developed and refined tools and best practices to ensure our studies apply technically rigorous methodologies, transparently share design and analysis decisions, yield computationally reproducible analysis, and incorporate foundational principles of research ethics into design, implementation, and dissemination. 3ie’s Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics (TRE) Policy articulates this commitment to TRE best practices.

            3ie’s Development Evidence Portal is the largest-of-its-kind repository of rigorous evidence on what works in international development. This portal includes evaluations and synthesis of studies conducted in low-and middle-income countries. It combines records from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation and Systematic Review repositories, as well as, evidence gap maps.

            These provide a visual display of completed and ongoing systematic reviews and impact evaluations in a sector or sub-sector, structured around a framework of interventions and outcomes.

            Evidence impact summaries briefly describe how 3ie-supported evidence has informed and influenced decision makers. Each summary highlights verified instances of evidence impact.

            We provide funding for replications, conduct in-house replication research and publish guidance on replication methodology. We also provide funding to original authors of 3ie-funded for preparing their raw datasets.

            As part of our mandate as a knowledge producer and translator for our main audiences, we publish a range of knowledge products. These include briefs, impact evaluation reports, systematic review reports and summaries, replication papers, evidence gap map reports, scoping reports and working papers.

            3ie’s Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (RIDIE) aims to enhance the transparency and quality of impact evaluation research before it begins.

              • Agriculture
              • Education
              • Environment
              • Governance
              • Health
              • Humanitarian
              • Infrastructure
              • Livelihoods
              • Public finance
              • Social protection
              • Water, sanitation and hygiene
              • Innovations in data for impact evaluation
              • Replication
              • Research transparency
              • Peacebuilding
              • Philippines
              • Uganda
              • West Africa Capacity-buidling and Impact Evaluation
              • Strengthening the use of evidence for development impact

              3ie’s evidence programmes support studies to fill critical knowledge gaps in a sector, sub-sector or in an area with limited rigorous evidence. We fund studies under a specific theme or which address a particular question or set of questions in programme areas where our donors want to expand global public knowledge of what works and what does not.

              To help address gaps in the understanding of what works and what does not, we fund a variety of studies across this programme area, including interventions focused on insurance, extension, land-use and forestry, and innovation and technology.

              3ie supports impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps on education effectiveness that help answer the questions of what works, for whom, why and at what cost.

              We fund the production of rigorous evidence on biodiversity and forest conservation programmes, environmental regulations, impact of sustainable fuels, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

              3ie is supporting the generation of evidence in areas such as transparency and accountability in natural resource governance. We also fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions to curb corruption, judicial and civil service reforms, land reforms, public financial management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, decentralised governance and public service delivery.

              We fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions on HIV and AIDS, immunisation maternal and child health, nutrition and sexual and reproductive health through a number of evidence programmes. Evidence products from these programmes include replication studies, evidence gap maps, systematic reviews and impact evaluations.

              We are supporting the generation of rigorous evidence in humanitarian contexts on interventions related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, multi-sectoral humanitarian programming and interventions targeting malnutrition.

              We fund the production of rigorous evidence on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of public transportation by rail, bus and rapid transit systems, and essential services such as electricity and gas to expand access, foster inclusive growth, and combat climate change through sustainable systems.

              3ie, in collaboration with India’s rural development ministry is working to generate rigorous evidence on the impact of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

              We support policy-relevant studies that contribute to improving our understanding of public expenditure trends and improving the delivery of public goods.

              We support impact evaluations to build the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the risks faced by the poor through participation in public works and employment programmes.

              3ie’s has two major evidence programmes that support the generation and use of high-quality evidence for informing decision-making in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

              In alignment with our mission, 3ie promotes rigorous, efficient, and ethical use of innovative data sources for impact evaluations, including in those conducted by 3ie, by 3ie research partners, and in the global development community more broadly.

              We set up our Replication Programme to address the need for a freely available global public good that helps improve the quality and reliability of impact evaluation evidence used for development decision-making. Replication is the most established method of research validation in science, yet it has not been fully embraced by the research community or development donors, leading to this gap.

              3ie produces research – whether in-house or through grants or contracts – that clearly and precisely documents the data and methods used in the analysis and the materials used to conduct the study. We have experienced and highly skilled staff ready to support the transparent production of evaluations, systematic reviews, and other knowledge products. .

              Fragility has expensive, long-term consequences and trying to build peace in situations of protracted conflicts is becoming the norm. In 2016, 1.8 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world's population – were living in situations of fragility. Social cohesion is widely considered important in building sustainable peace in fragile contexts.

              We work with various departments in the Philippines government to develop and fund rigorous evidence useful for policymakers. We also support capacity-building activities for Philippine researchers and support the impact evaluation management framework of the National Economic and Development Authority.

              Working in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, the primary aim is to improve developmental outcomes through evidence-informed decision making in Uganda. 3ie is currently supporting evaluation of government programmes around youth livelihood, family planning, public service delivery and local governance, and universal primary education.

              3ie and the government of Benin are working on a a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries in West Africa, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

              This is a five-year programme (2019-23) that is working on increasing the use of evidence by policymakers in Ghana, Pakistan and Uganda. In partnership with country governments, this programme aims to develop capacity and promote innovation in increasing evidence-informed decision-making. SEDI is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

              View our current funding opportunities for evaluations, systematic reviews and internal replication studies.

              The year 2014 was one of innovation and impact at 3ie. We are supporting policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis in new thematic areas and filling critical knowledge gaps. Our studies are informing development policies and improving programmes. As a global leader in funding the production of high-quality evidence, we continued to support rigorous impact evaluations and full systematic reviews. Responding to demand, we expanded our capacity to produce evidence gap maps and rapid evidence reviews. Read highlights of ourwork and achievements.

              Thematic Window 10, breaking through stagnation: testing innovations in engaging communities in increasing immunisation coverage
              We invite proposals for evaluation of programmes of that have adopted innovative approaches to community engagement for increasing immunisation coverage in Gavi-eligible countries. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 10 July. Read more

              Systematic Reviews Call 8
              We invite proposals for systematic reviews that explore the impact of development interventions in the areas of sanitation and hygiene, humanitarian assistance and climate change. Deadline for applications: 12 noon GMT, 22 May.

              Replication Window 3: internal replications of impact evaluations of HIV prevention interventions
              We invite expressions of interest from researchers to conduct internal replications of influential, innovative or controversial impact evaluations of biomedical, behavioural, social and structural determinants of HIV prevention interventions. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 31 May. Read more

              Policy Window Philippines, peace and development programmes: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

              Policy Window 3, programmes implemented by the Ministry of Education, Government of Rwanda: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

              Policy Window 3, community-based health initiatives in Bihar
              We have awarded two grants for the impact evaluation of Gram Varta, a community mobilisation initiative, and the impact of the nodal Anganwadi centres in Bihar to the University of Göttingen and the Institute for Human Development respectively. Read more

              Policy Window 3, girls’ education in Benin
              We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the African School of Economics to design an impact evaluation of a girls’ education programme implemented by the Government of Benin.

              Policy Window Philippines, programmes on social welfare and development
              We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Philippine Institute of Development Studies to design an impact evaluation of a programme implemented by the Department of Social Welfare Development, Government of Philippines. Read more

              Bursary awards
              Since January 2015, we have awarded a total of 19 bursaries to applicants from Africa, the Middle East and Latin American and Caribbean region. In February, ten bursaries were awarded to applicants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region attending the 3ie-American University in Cairo workshop on systematic reviews and the MENA evaluation conference in Cairo. Bursary recipients from Egypt (1), Jordan (3), Morocco (2), Lebanon (1), Sudan (1) and Tunisia (2) represented non-profit organisations and government agencies.

              Applicants nominated by 3ie’s members in Africa were awarded bursaries to attend the Uganda Evaluation Week on 10-14 March in Kampala. The recipients, from Benin (2), Burkina Faso (1), Senegal (2) and South Africa (2) largely represented government agencies involved in monitoring and policy planning.

              We supported two applicants attending the 2015 Year of Evaluation Regional Conference in Lima, Peru, on 11-13 March. The Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) nominated one of the Mexican participants and 3ie selected a presenter from Argentina through a competitive process.

              Using data to inform investment climate reform in Malawi
              The Government of Malawi, while implementing investment climate reforms, particularly, the new Business Registration Act, was interested in knowing more about the characteristics of informal firms to decide on a turnover threshold, above which registration for firms could be mandatory. However, the government had little information about the distribution of turnover (size) of firms. In an ongoing study by Innovations for Poverty Action, researchers had collected these data as part of their baseline listing over 7,250 enterprises in Malawi. At the government’s request, the team provided summary statistics and helped inform discussions on setting the turnover threshold for firm registration. Read more about the study

              Strengthening programme implementation with timely inputs in Zimbabwe
              The Government of Zimbabwe’s harmonised social cash transfer (HSCT) programme is targeted towards ultra-poor households with labour constraints or high-dependency ratios. These are typically AIDS-affected households, with orphans and vulnerable children or with caregivers that are HIV-positive. Researchers from the University of North Carolina are trying to investigate the economic impact of the HSCT on both target households and the local community. An initial report from the study pointed to implementation issues on the ground stemming from lack of coordination between development programmes implemented by different ministries, especially the Basic Education Assistance Module of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Services. In order to resolve the issue and facilitate a more coordinated implementation approach, the government is considering an MoU between the two ministries. The government is invested in the research project, and the government–researcher collaboration will be put forth as a partnership model in a forthcoming book on transfer project evaluations published by Oxford University Press. HSCT will be featured with its own chapter to be co-authored by government counterparts and the evaluation team. Read more about the study

              3ie Impact Evaluation Report 21, Shelter from the storm: upgrading housing infrastructure in Latin American slums: This study evaluated the impact of providing inexpensive pre-fabricated houses to families living in slums tenements in Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay. The findings showed that the intervention led to substantial increases in beneficiary satisfaction and quality of life. There was also a significant reduction in incidences of diarrhoea among children in Mexico and El Salvador. Besides this, beneficiaries in El Salvador also felt the houses increased their sense of security. The study also showed that the urban poor are willing to trade off housing conditions for better access to labour markets and hence, higher earnings. Read more

              3ie Impact Evaluation Report 22, A wide angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana, India: This study evaluated the impact of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme and the Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) designed to improve student learning in primary and upper primary schools in the Indian state of Haryana. While CCE aims to provide teachers and students with broad-based and frequent feedback on performance, LEP offers tools and allocates time within the school day to enable teachers to focus their teaching at each child’s competency level. The study finds that LEP has a large positive impact on students’ basic Hindi language skills, indicating that programmes focused on teaching at the appropriate level can play a role in improving poor learning outcomes. Read more

              3ie Impact Evaluation Report 23, Enhancing food production and food security through improved inputs: an evaluation of Tanzania’s National Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme with a focus on gender impacts: Findings from this study highlighted the disenfranchised position of female‐headed households relative to their male counterparts. The evaluation also found that food insecurity and reduced dietary diversity were common among female-headed households. Results from the qualitative study confirmed and contextualised these findings, showing that although female farmers felt the programme could help boost yields, many could not afford the top-up payment. As a result they did not participate. Read more

              Resources on peacebuilding interventions: We have launched a scoping paper that reviews the supply of and demand for evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews on peacebuilding interventions. We produced an evidence gap map that provides access to the best available evidence on the outcomes of peacebuilding interventions in conflict-affected settings in low- and middle-income countries. The evidence gap map report explains the scope and methods and analyses the information in the map.

              New feature on 3ie evidence gap map - platform population characteristics: We have added a new filter to the interactive evidence gap map platform that allows users to filter evidence by population characteristics. For example, in the evidence gap map of productive safety net programmes, users can now see which of the studies included in the evidence gap map evaluate intervention effects for people living on less than US$1.25 a day, people living below a national poverty line or people defined as food insecure. This feature will allow users to identify evidence that can help inform effective targeting of interventions in ways that achieve the greatest benefit for intended beneficiaries. It also enables identification of evidence gaps in our knowledge of what works best for whom.

              Webinar on the 3ie evidence gap map on global productive safety net programmes: Martina Vojtkova, 3ie evaluation specialist, presented this recently-launched USAID-funded evidence gap map using a webinar. Watch recording.

              Evidence matters to policymaking (19 February) Op-ed by Radhika Menon, 3ie senior policy and advocacy officer and Howard White, co-chair, Campbell Collaboration, was published in The Hindu.

              Call for papers: IDEAS Global Assembly 2015 on Evaluating sustainable development, deadline: 15 May 2015

              Partnership for Economic Policy annual conference on Inclusive growth and employment for poverty reduction, 29 April-8 May, Nairobi

              Association of Commonwealth Universities and the South African Research & Innovation Management Association conference on Research and innovation for global challenges, 10-14 May, Johannesburg

              Job opportunity: Chief Measurement and Impact Evaluation Officer, Global Fund to End Slavery, Washington, DC


              Shelter From the Storm: RIICE Combines Technology and Insurance to Support Rice Farmers - Recipes

              At the core of our work, impact evaluations are rigorous studies that measure the effects of international development programmes. We focus on conducting impact evaluations on policy-relevant research questions where credible findings can drive decision-making.

              3ie invented evidence gap maps, which provide a visual overview of existing and ongoing studies or reviews in a sector or sub-sector of international development. These maps help policymakers find the most relevant evidence for a given question, thereby improving decision-making.

              Our synthesis products, including systematic reviews, integrate findings from multiple different studies which address a common research question. Because they look systematically across the evidence base to see what works and why, systematic reviews and other synthesis products are more reliable for decision-making than results from a single study used in an ad hoc way.

              Often, policy decisions must be made quickly. To make sure that decision-makers get the evidence they need when they need it, 3ie has developed a set of helpdesk services and rapid evidence products. Our Rapid Response Briefs and Rapid Evidence Assessments draw from the latest high-quality research to answer policy questions in a fraction of the time of traditional evaluations or systematic reviews.

              We work with governments and other organizations to build their capacities in evaluation and evidence-informed decision-making. In addition to providing trainings on a wide range of evaluation methods, we offer ongoing support services to ensure our partners have access to the most up-to-date evidence and evaluation tools.

              3ie specialises in increasing access to, demand for and use of evidence by governments, parliaments, programme managers, civil society, programme participants and the media. We do this by emphasising the value of planning and engaging with stakeholders to ensure that evaluations and reviews are relevant and useful. We use robust and effective monitoring to measure evidence use so that we can convey evidence impact on programmes and policies with greater confidence.

              Since 3ie was founded, transparency, reproducibility, and ethics (TRE) have been core considerations in our work. We have developed and refined tools and best practices to ensure our studies apply technically rigorous methodologies, transparently share design and analysis decisions, yield computationally reproducible analysis, and incorporate foundational principles of research ethics into design, implementation, and dissemination. 3ie’s Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics (TRE) Policy articulates this commitment to TRE best practices.

              3ie’s Development Evidence Portal is the largest-of-its-kind repository of rigorous evidence on what works in international development. This portal includes evaluations and synthesis of studies conducted in low-and middle-income countries. It combines records from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation and Systematic Review repositories, as well as, evidence gap maps.

              These provide a visual display of completed and ongoing systematic reviews and impact evaluations in a sector or sub-sector, structured around a framework of interventions and outcomes.

              Evidence impact summaries briefly describe how 3ie-supported evidence has informed and influenced decision makers. Each summary highlights verified instances of evidence impact.

              We provide funding for replications, conduct in-house replication research and publish guidance on replication methodology. We also provide funding to original authors of 3ie-funded for preparing their raw datasets.

              As part of our mandate as a knowledge producer and translator for our main audiences, we publish a range of knowledge products. These include briefs, impact evaluation reports, systematic review reports and summaries, replication papers, evidence gap map reports, scoping reports and working papers.

              3ie’s Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (RIDIE) aims to enhance the transparency and quality of impact evaluation research before it begins.

                • Agriculture
                • Education
                • Environment
                • Governance
                • Health
                • Humanitarian
                • Infrastructure
                • Livelihoods
                • Public finance
                • Social protection
                • Water, sanitation and hygiene
                • Innovations in data for impact evaluation
                • Replication
                • Research transparency
                • Peacebuilding
                • Philippines
                • Uganda
                • West Africa Capacity-buidling and Impact Evaluation
                • Strengthening the use of evidence for development impact

                3ie’s evidence programmes support studies to fill critical knowledge gaps in a sector, sub-sector or in an area with limited rigorous evidence. We fund studies under a specific theme or which address a particular question or set of questions in programme areas where our donors want to expand global public knowledge of what works and what does not.

                To help address gaps in the understanding of what works and what does not, we fund a variety of studies across this programme area, including interventions focused on insurance, extension, land-use and forestry, and innovation and technology.

                3ie supports impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps on education effectiveness that help answer the questions of what works, for whom, why and at what cost.

                We fund the production of rigorous evidence on biodiversity and forest conservation programmes, environmental regulations, impact of sustainable fuels, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

                3ie is supporting the generation of evidence in areas such as transparency and accountability in natural resource governance. We also fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions to curb corruption, judicial and civil service reforms, land reforms, public financial management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, decentralised governance and public service delivery.

                We fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions on HIV and AIDS, immunisation maternal and child health, nutrition and sexual and reproductive health through a number of evidence programmes. Evidence products from these programmes include replication studies, evidence gap maps, systematic reviews and impact evaluations.

                We are supporting the generation of rigorous evidence in humanitarian contexts on interventions related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, multi-sectoral humanitarian programming and interventions targeting malnutrition.

                We fund the production of rigorous evidence on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of public transportation by rail, bus and rapid transit systems, and essential services such as electricity and gas to expand access, foster inclusive growth, and combat climate change through sustainable systems.

                3ie, in collaboration with India’s rural development ministry is working to generate rigorous evidence on the impact of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

                We support policy-relevant studies that contribute to improving our understanding of public expenditure trends and improving the delivery of public goods.

                We support impact evaluations to build the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the risks faced by the poor through participation in public works and employment programmes.

                3ie’s has two major evidence programmes that support the generation and use of high-quality evidence for informing decision-making in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

                In alignment with our mission, 3ie promotes rigorous, efficient, and ethical use of innovative data sources for impact evaluations, including in those conducted by 3ie, by 3ie research partners, and in the global development community more broadly.

                We set up our Replication Programme to address the need for a freely available global public good that helps improve the quality and reliability of impact evaluation evidence used for development decision-making. Replication is the most established method of research validation in science, yet it has not been fully embraced by the research community or development donors, leading to this gap.

                3ie produces research – whether in-house or through grants or contracts – that clearly and precisely documents the data and methods used in the analysis and the materials used to conduct the study. We have experienced and highly skilled staff ready to support the transparent production of evaluations, systematic reviews, and other knowledge products. .

                Fragility has expensive, long-term consequences and trying to build peace in situations of protracted conflicts is becoming the norm. In 2016, 1.8 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world's population – were living in situations of fragility. Social cohesion is widely considered important in building sustainable peace in fragile contexts.

                We work with various departments in the Philippines government to develop and fund rigorous evidence useful for policymakers. We also support capacity-building activities for Philippine researchers and support the impact evaluation management framework of the National Economic and Development Authority.

                Working in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, the primary aim is to improve developmental outcomes through evidence-informed decision making in Uganda. 3ie is currently supporting evaluation of government programmes around youth livelihood, family planning, public service delivery and local governance, and universal primary education.

                3ie and the government of Benin are working on a a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries in West Africa, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

                This is a five-year programme (2019-23) that is working on increasing the use of evidence by policymakers in Ghana, Pakistan and Uganda. In partnership with country governments, this programme aims to develop capacity and promote innovation in increasing evidence-informed decision-making. SEDI is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

                View our current funding opportunities for evaluations, systematic reviews and internal replication studies.

                The year 2014 was one of innovation and impact at 3ie. We are supporting policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis in new thematic areas and filling critical knowledge gaps. Our studies are informing development policies and improving programmes. As a global leader in funding the production of high-quality evidence, we continued to support rigorous impact evaluations and full systematic reviews. Responding to demand, we expanded our capacity to produce evidence gap maps and rapid evidence reviews. Read highlights of ourwork and achievements.

                Thematic Window 10, breaking through stagnation: testing innovations in engaging communities in increasing immunisation coverage
                We invite proposals for evaluation of programmes of that have adopted innovative approaches to community engagement for increasing immunisation coverage in Gavi-eligible countries. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 10 July. Read more

                Systematic Reviews Call 8
                We invite proposals for systematic reviews that explore the impact of development interventions in the areas of sanitation and hygiene, humanitarian assistance and climate change. Deadline for applications: 12 noon GMT, 22 May.

                Replication Window 3: internal replications of impact evaluations of HIV prevention interventions
                We invite expressions of interest from researchers to conduct internal replications of influential, innovative or controversial impact evaluations of biomedical, behavioural, social and structural determinants of HIV prevention interventions. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 31 May. Read more

                Policy Window Philippines, peace and development programmes: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

                Policy Window 3, programmes implemented by the Ministry of Education, Government of Rwanda: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

                Policy Window 3, community-based health initiatives in Bihar
                We have awarded two grants for the impact evaluation of Gram Varta, a community mobilisation initiative, and the impact of the nodal Anganwadi centres in Bihar to the University of Göttingen and the Institute for Human Development respectively. Read more

                Policy Window 3, girls’ education in Benin
                We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the African School of Economics to design an impact evaluation of a girls’ education programme implemented by the Government of Benin.

                Policy Window Philippines, programmes on social welfare and development
                We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Philippine Institute of Development Studies to design an impact evaluation of a programme implemented by the Department of Social Welfare Development, Government of Philippines. Read more

                Bursary awards
                Since January 2015, we have awarded a total of 19 bursaries to applicants from Africa, the Middle East and Latin American and Caribbean region. In February, ten bursaries were awarded to applicants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region attending the 3ie-American University in Cairo workshop on systematic reviews and the MENA evaluation conference in Cairo. Bursary recipients from Egypt (1), Jordan (3), Morocco (2), Lebanon (1), Sudan (1) and Tunisia (2) represented non-profit organisations and government agencies.

                Applicants nominated by 3ie’s members in Africa were awarded bursaries to attend the Uganda Evaluation Week on 10-14 March in Kampala. The recipients, from Benin (2), Burkina Faso (1), Senegal (2) and South Africa (2) largely represented government agencies involved in monitoring and policy planning.

                We supported two applicants attending the 2015 Year of Evaluation Regional Conference in Lima, Peru, on 11-13 March. The Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) nominated one of the Mexican participants and 3ie selected a presenter from Argentina through a competitive process.

                Using data to inform investment climate reform in Malawi
                The Government of Malawi, while implementing investment climate reforms, particularly, the new Business Registration Act, was interested in knowing more about the characteristics of informal firms to decide on a turnover threshold, above which registration for firms could be mandatory. However, the government had little information about the distribution of turnover (size) of firms. In an ongoing study by Innovations for Poverty Action, researchers had collected these data as part of their baseline listing over 7,250 enterprises in Malawi. At the government’s request, the team provided summary statistics and helped inform discussions on setting the turnover threshold for firm registration. Read more about the study

                Strengthening programme implementation with timely inputs in Zimbabwe
                The Government of Zimbabwe’s harmonised social cash transfer (HSCT) programme is targeted towards ultra-poor households with labour constraints or high-dependency ratios. These are typically AIDS-affected households, with orphans and vulnerable children or with caregivers that are HIV-positive. Researchers from the University of North Carolina are trying to investigate the economic impact of the HSCT on both target households and the local community. An initial report from the study pointed to implementation issues on the ground stemming from lack of coordination between development programmes implemented by different ministries, especially the Basic Education Assistance Module of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Services. In order to resolve the issue and facilitate a more coordinated implementation approach, the government is considering an MoU between the two ministries. The government is invested in the research project, and the government–researcher collaboration will be put forth as a partnership model in a forthcoming book on transfer project evaluations published by Oxford University Press. HSCT will be featured with its own chapter to be co-authored by government counterparts and the evaluation team. Read more about the study

                3ie Impact Evaluation Report 21, Shelter from the storm: upgrading housing infrastructure in Latin American slums: This study evaluated the impact of providing inexpensive pre-fabricated houses to families living in slums tenements in Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay. The findings showed that the intervention led to substantial increases in beneficiary satisfaction and quality of life. There was also a significant reduction in incidences of diarrhoea among children in Mexico and El Salvador. Besides this, beneficiaries in El Salvador also felt the houses increased their sense of security. The study also showed that the urban poor are willing to trade off housing conditions for better access to labour markets and hence, higher earnings. Read more

                3ie Impact Evaluation Report 22, A wide angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana, India: This study evaluated the impact of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme and the Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) designed to improve student learning in primary and upper primary schools in the Indian state of Haryana. While CCE aims to provide teachers and students with broad-based and frequent feedback on performance, LEP offers tools and allocates time within the school day to enable teachers to focus their teaching at each child’s competency level. The study finds that LEP has a large positive impact on students’ basic Hindi language skills, indicating that programmes focused on teaching at the appropriate level can play a role in improving poor learning outcomes. Read more

                3ie Impact Evaluation Report 23, Enhancing food production and food security through improved inputs: an evaluation of Tanzania’s National Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme with a focus on gender impacts: Findings from this study highlighted the disenfranchised position of female‐headed households relative to their male counterparts. The evaluation also found that food insecurity and reduced dietary diversity were common among female-headed households. Results from the qualitative study confirmed and contextualised these findings, showing that although female farmers felt the programme could help boost yields, many could not afford the top-up payment. As a result they did not participate. Read more

                Resources on peacebuilding interventions: We have launched a scoping paper that reviews the supply of and demand for evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews on peacebuilding interventions. We produced an evidence gap map that provides access to the best available evidence on the outcomes of peacebuilding interventions in conflict-affected settings in low- and middle-income countries. The evidence gap map report explains the scope and methods and analyses the information in the map.

                New feature on 3ie evidence gap map - platform population characteristics: We have added a new filter to the interactive evidence gap map platform that allows users to filter evidence by population characteristics. For example, in the evidence gap map of productive safety net programmes, users can now see which of the studies included in the evidence gap map evaluate intervention effects for people living on less than US$1.25 a day, people living below a national poverty line or people defined as food insecure. This feature will allow users to identify evidence that can help inform effective targeting of interventions in ways that achieve the greatest benefit for intended beneficiaries. It also enables identification of evidence gaps in our knowledge of what works best for whom.

                Webinar on the 3ie evidence gap map on global productive safety net programmes: Martina Vojtkova, 3ie evaluation specialist, presented this recently-launched USAID-funded evidence gap map using a webinar. Watch recording.

                Evidence matters to policymaking (19 February) Op-ed by Radhika Menon, 3ie senior policy and advocacy officer and Howard White, co-chair, Campbell Collaboration, was published in The Hindu.

                Call for papers: IDEAS Global Assembly 2015 on Evaluating sustainable development, deadline: 15 May 2015

                Partnership for Economic Policy annual conference on Inclusive growth and employment for poverty reduction, 29 April-8 May, Nairobi

                Association of Commonwealth Universities and the South African Research & Innovation Management Association conference on Research and innovation for global challenges, 10-14 May, Johannesburg

                Job opportunity: Chief Measurement and Impact Evaluation Officer, Global Fund to End Slavery, Washington, DC


                Shelter From the Storm: RIICE Combines Technology and Insurance to Support Rice Farmers - Recipes

                At the core of our work, impact evaluations are rigorous studies that measure the effects of international development programmes. We focus on conducting impact evaluations on policy-relevant research questions where credible findings can drive decision-making.

                3ie invented evidence gap maps, which provide a visual overview of existing and ongoing studies or reviews in a sector or sub-sector of international development. These maps help policymakers find the most relevant evidence for a given question, thereby improving decision-making.

                Our synthesis products, including systematic reviews, integrate findings from multiple different studies which address a common research question. Because they look systematically across the evidence base to see what works and why, systematic reviews and other synthesis products are more reliable for decision-making than results from a single study used in an ad hoc way.

                Often, policy decisions must be made quickly. To make sure that decision-makers get the evidence they need when they need it, 3ie has developed a set of helpdesk services and rapid evidence products. Our Rapid Response Briefs and Rapid Evidence Assessments draw from the latest high-quality research to answer policy questions in a fraction of the time of traditional evaluations or systematic reviews.

                We work with governments and other organizations to build their capacities in evaluation and evidence-informed decision-making. In addition to providing trainings on a wide range of evaluation methods, we offer ongoing support services to ensure our partners have access to the most up-to-date evidence and evaluation tools.

                3ie specialises in increasing access to, demand for and use of evidence by governments, parliaments, programme managers, civil society, programme participants and the media. We do this by emphasising the value of planning and engaging with stakeholders to ensure that evaluations and reviews are relevant and useful. We use robust and effective monitoring to measure evidence use so that we can convey evidence impact on programmes and policies with greater confidence.

                Since 3ie was founded, transparency, reproducibility, and ethics (TRE) have been core considerations in our work. We have developed and refined tools and best practices to ensure our studies apply technically rigorous methodologies, transparently share design and analysis decisions, yield computationally reproducible analysis, and incorporate foundational principles of research ethics into design, implementation, and dissemination. 3ie’s Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics (TRE) Policy articulates this commitment to TRE best practices.

                3ie’s Development Evidence Portal is the largest-of-its-kind repository of rigorous evidence on what works in international development. This portal includes evaluations and synthesis of studies conducted in low-and middle-income countries. It combines records from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation and Systematic Review repositories, as well as, evidence gap maps.

                These provide a visual display of completed and ongoing systematic reviews and impact evaluations in a sector or sub-sector, structured around a framework of interventions and outcomes.

                Evidence impact summaries briefly describe how 3ie-supported evidence has informed and influenced decision makers. Each summary highlights verified instances of evidence impact.

                We provide funding for replications, conduct in-house replication research and publish guidance on replication methodology. We also provide funding to original authors of 3ie-funded for preparing their raw datasets.

                As part of our mandate as a knowledge producer and translator for our main audiences, we publish a range of knowledge products. These include briefs, impact evaluation reports, systematic review reports and summaries, replication papers, evidence gap map reports, scoping reports and working papers.

                3ie’s Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (RIDIE) aims to enhance the transparency and quality of impact evaluation research before it begins.

                  • Agriculture
                  • Education
                  • Environment
                  • Governance
                  • Health
                  • Humanitarian
                  • Infrastructure
                  • Livelihoods
                  • Public finance
                  • Social protection
                  • Water, sanitation and hygiene
                  • Innovations in data for impact evaluation
                  • Replication
                  • Research transparency
                  • Peacebuilding
                  • Philippines
                  • Uganda
                  • West Africa Capacity-buidling and Impact Evaluation
                  • Strengthening the use of evidence for development impact

                  3ie’s evidence programmes support studies to fill critical knowledge gaps in a sector, sub-sector or in an area with limited rigorous evidence. We fund studies under a specific theme or which address a particular question or set of questions in programme areas where our donors want to expand global public knowledge of what works and what does not.

                  To help address gaps in the understanding of what works and what does not, we fund a variety of studies across this programme area, including interventions focused on insurance, extension, land-use and forestry, and innovation and technology.

                  3ie supports impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps on education effectiveness that help answer the questions of what works, for whom, why and at what cost.

                  We fund the production of rigorous evidence on biodiversity and forest conservation programmes, environmental regulations, impact of sustainable fuels, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

                  3ie is supporting the generation of evidence in areas such as transparency and accountability in natural resource governance. We also fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions to curb corruption, judicial and civil service reforms, land reforms, public financial management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, decentralised governance and public service delivery.

                  We fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions on HIV and AIDS, immunisation maternal and child health, nutrition and sexual and reproductive health through a number of evidence programmes. Evidence products from these programmes include replication studies, evidence gap maps, systematic reviews and impact evaluations.

                  We are supporting the generation of rigorous evidence in humanitarian contexts on interventions related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, multi-sectoral humanitarian programming and interventions targeting malnutrition.

                  We fund the production of rigorous evidence on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of public transportation by rail, bus and rapid transit systems, and essential services such as electricity and gas to expand access, foster inclusive growth, and combat climate change through sustainable systems.

                  3ie, in collaboration with India’s rural development ministry is working to generate rigorous evidence on the impact of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

                  We support policy-relevant studies that contribute to improving our understanding of public expenditure trends and improving the delivery of public goods.

                  We support impact evaluations to build the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the risks faced by the poor through participation in public works and employment programmes.

                  3ie’s has two major evidence programmes that support the generation and use of high-quality evidence for informing decision-making in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

                  In alignment with our mission, 3ie promotes rigorous, efficient, and ethical use of innovative data sources for impact evaluations, including in those conducted by 3ie, by 3ie research partners, and in the global development community more broadly.

                  We set up our Replication Programme to address the need for a freely available global public good that helps improve the quality and reliability of impact evaluation evidence used for development decision-making. Replication is the most established method of research validation in science, yet it has not been fully embraced by the research community or development donors, leading to this gap.

                  3ie produces research – whether in-house or through grants or contracts – that clearly and precisely documents the data and methods used in the analysis and the materials used to conduct the study. We have experienced and highly skilled staff ready to support the transparent production of evaluations, systematic reviews, and other knowledge products. .

                  Fragility has expensive, long-term consequences and trying to build peace in situations of protracted conflicts is becoming the norm. In 2016, 1.8 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world's population – were living in situations of fragility. Social cohesion is widely considered important in building sustainable peace in fragile contexts.

                  We work with various departments in the Philippines government to develop and fund rigorous evidence useful for policymakers. We also support capacity-building activities for Philippine researchers and support the impact evaluation management framework of the National Economic and Development Authority.

                  Working in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, the primary aim is to improve developmental outcomes through evidence-informed decision making in Uganda. 3ie is currently supporting evaluation of government programmes around youth livelihood, family planning, public service delivery and local governance, and universal primary education.

                  3ie and the government of Benin are working on a a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries in West Africa, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

                  This is a five-year programme (2019-23) that is working on increasing the use of evidence by policymakers in Ghana, Pakistan and Uganda. In partnership with country governments, this programme aims to develop capacity and promote innovation in increasing evidence-informed decision-making. SEDI is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

                  View our current funding opportunities for evaluations, systematic reviews and internal replication studies.

                  The year 2014 was one of innovation and impact at 3ie. We are supporting policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis in new thematic areas and filling critical knowledge gaps. Our studies are informing development policies and improving programmes. As a global leader in funding the production of high-quality evidence, we continued to support rigorous impact evaluations and full systematic reviews. Responding to demand, we expanded our capacity to produce evidence gap maps and rapid evidence reviews. Read highlights of ourwork and achievements.

                  Thematic Window 10, breaking through stagnation: testing innovations in engaging communities in increasing immunisation coverage
                  We invite proposals for evaluation of programmes of that have adopted innovative approaches to community engagement for increasing immunisation coverage in Gavi-eligible countries. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 10 July. Read more

                  Systematic Reviews Call 8
                  We invite proposals for systematic reviews that explore the impact of development interventions in the areas of sanitation and hygiene, humanitarian assistance and climate change. Deadline for applications: 12 noon GMT, 22 May.

                  Replication Window 3: internal replications of impact evaluations of HIV prevention interventions
                  We invite expressions of interest from researchers to conduct internal replications of influential, innovative or controversial impact evaluations of biomedical, behavioural, social and structural determinants of HIV prevention interventions. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 31 May. Read more

                  Policy Window Philippines, peace and development programmes: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

                  Policy Window 3, programmes implemented by the Ministry of Education, Government of Rwanda: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

                  Policy Window 3, community-based health initiatives in Bihar
                  We have awarded two grants for the impact evaluation of Gram Varta, a community mobilisation initiative, and the impact of the nodal Anganwadi centres in Bihar to the University of Göttingen and the Institute for Human Development respectively. Read more

                  Policy Window 3, girls’ education in Benin
                  We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the African School of Economics to design an impact evaluation of a girls’ education programme implemented by the Government of Benin.

                  Policy Window Philippines, programmes on social welfare and development
                  We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Philippine Institute of Development Studies to design an impact evaluation of a programme implemented by the Department of Social Welfare Development, Government of Philippines. Read more

                  Bursary awards
                  Since January 2015, we have awarded a total of 19 bursaries to applicants from Africa, the Middle East and Latin American and Caribbean region. In February, ten bursaries were awarded to applicants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region attending the 3ie-American University in Cairo workshop on systematic reviews and the MENA evaluation conference in Cairo. Bursary recipients from Egypt (1), Jordan (3), Morocco (2), Lebanon (1), Sudan (1) and Tunisia (2) represented non-profit organisations and government agencies.

                  Applicants nominated by 3ie’s members in Africa were awarded bursaries to attend the Uganda Evaluation Week on 10-14 March in Kampala. The recipients, from Benin (2), Burkina Faso (1), Senegal (2) and South Africa (2) largely represented government agencies involved in monitoring and policy planning.

                  We supported two applicants attending the 2015 Year of Evaluation Regional Conference in Lima, Peru, on 11-13 March. The Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) nominated one of the Mexican participants and 3ie selected a presenter from Argentina through a competitive process.

                  Using data to inform investment climate reform in Malawi
                  The Government of Malawi, while implementing investment climate reforms, particularly, the new Business Registration Act, was interested in knowing more about the characteristics of informal firms to decide on a turnover threshold, above which registration for firms could be mandatory. However, the government had little information about the distribution of turnover (size) of firms. In an ongoing study by Innovations for Poverty Action, researchers had collected these data as part of their baseline listing over 7,250 enterprises in Malawi. At the government’s request, the team provided summary statistics and helped inform discussions on setting the turnover threshold for firm registration. Read more about the study

                  Strengthening programme implementation with timely inputs in Zimbabwe
                  The Government of Zimbabwe’s harmonised social cash transfer (HSCT) programme is targeted towards ultra-poor households with labour constraints or high-dependency ratios. These are typically AIDS-affected households, with orphans and vulnerable children or with caregivers that are HIV-positive. Researchers from the University of North Carolina are trying to investigate the economic impact of the HSCT on both target households and the local community. An initial report from the study pointed to implementation issues on the ground stemming from lack of coordination between development programmes implemented by different ministries, especially the Basic Education Assistance Module of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Services. In order to resolve the issue and facilitate a more coordinated implementation approach, the government is considering an MoU between the two ministries. The government is invested in the research project, and the government–researcher collaboration will be put forth as a partnership model in a forthcoming book on transfer project evaluations published by Oxford University Press. HSCT will be featured with its own chapter to be co-authored by government counterparts and the evaluation team. Read more about the study

                  3ie Impact Evaluation Report 21, Shelter from the storm: upgrading housing infrastructure in Latin American slums: This study evaluated the impact of providing inexpensive pre-fabricated houses to families living in slums tenements in Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay. The findings showed that the intervention led to substantial increases in beneficiary satisfaction and quality of life. There was also a significant reduction in incidences of diarrhoea among children in Mexico and El Salvador. Besides this, beneficiaries in El Salvador also felt the houses increased their sense of security. The study also showed that the urban poor are willing to trade off housing conditions for better access to labour markets and hence, higher earnings. Read more

                  3ie Impact Evaluation Report 22, A wide angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana, India: This study evaluated the impact of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme and the Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) designed to improve student learning in primary and upper primary schools in the Indian state of Haryana. While CCE aims to provide teachers and students with broad-based and frequent feedback on performance, LEP offers tools and allocates time within the school day to enable teachers to focus their teaching at each child’s competency level. The study finds that LEP has a large positive impact on students’ basic Hindi language skills, indicating that programmes focused on teaching at the appropriate level can play a role in improving poor learning outcomes. Read more

                  3ie Impact Evaluation Report 23, Enhancing food production and food security through improved inputs: an evaluation of Tanzania’s National Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme with a focus on gender impacts: Findings from this study highlighted the disenfranchised position of female‐headed households relative to their male counterparts. The evaluation also found that food insecurity and reduced dietary diversity were common among female-headed households. Results from the qualitative study confirmed and contextualised these findings, showing that although female farmers felt the programme could help boost yields, many could not afford the top-up payment. As a result they did not participate. Read more

                  Resources on peacebuilding interventions: We have launched a scoping paper that reviews the supply of and demand for evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews on peacebuilding interventions. We produced an evidence gap map that provides access to the best available evidence on the outcomes of peacebuilding interventions in conflict-affected settings in low- and middle-income countries. The evidence gap map report explains the scope and methods and analyses the information in the map.

                  New feature on 3ie evidence gap map - platform population characteristics: We have added a new filter to the interactive evidence gap map platform that allows users to filter evidence by population characteristics. For example, in the evidence gap map of productive safety net programmes, users can now see which of the studies included in the evidence gap map evaluate intervention effects for people living on less than US$1.25 a day, people living below a national poverty line or people defined as food insecure. This feature will allow users to identify evidence that can help inform effective targeting of interventions in ways that achieve the greatest benefit for intended beneficiaries. It also enables identification of evidence gaps in our knowledge of what works best for whom.

                  Webinar on the 3ie evidence gap map on global productive safety net programmes: Martina Vojtkova, 3ie evaluation specialist, presented this recently-launched USAID-funded evidence gap map using a webinar. Watch recording.

                  Evidence matters to policymaking (19 February) Op-ed by Radhika Menon, 3ie senior policy and advocacy officer and Howard White, co-chair, Campbell Collaboration, was published in The Hindu.

                  Call for papers: IDEAS Global Assembly 2015 on Evaluating sustainable development, deadline: 15 May 2015

                  Partnership for Economic Policy annual conference on Inclusive growth and employment for poverty reduction, 29 April-8 May, Nairobi

                  Association of Commonwealth Universities and the South African Research & Innovation Management Association conference on Research and innovation for global challenges, 10-14 May, Johannesburg

                  Job opportunity: Chief Measurement and Impact Evaluation Officer, Global Fund to End Slavery, Washington, DC


                  Shelter From the Storm: RIICE Combines Technology and Insurance to Support Rice Farmers - Recipes

                  At the core of our work, impact evaluations are rigorous studies that measure the effects of international development programmes. We focus on conducting impact evaluations on policy-relevant research questions where credible findings can drive decision-making.

                  3ie invented evidence gap maps, which provide a visual overview of existing and ongoing studies or reviews in a sector or sub-sector of international development. These maps help policymakers find the most relevant evidence for a given question, thereby improving decision-making.

                  Our synthesis products, including systematic reviews, integrate findings from multiple different studies which address a common research question. Because they look systematically across the evidence base to see what works and why, systematic reviews and other synthesis products are more reliable for decision-making than results from a single study used in an ad hoc way.

                  Often, policy decisions must be made quickly. To make sure that decision-makers get the evidence they need when they need it, 3ie has developed a set of helpdesk services and rapid evidence products. Our Rapid Response Briefs and Rapid Evidence Assessments draw from the latest high-quality research to answer policy questions in a fraction of the time of traditional evaluations or systematic reviews.

                  We work with governments and other organizations to build their capacities in evaluation and evidence-informed decision-making. In addition to providing trainings on a wide range of evaluation methods, we offer ongoing support services to ensure our partners have access to the most up-to-date evidence and evaluation tools.

                  3ie specialises in increasing access to, demand for and use of evidence by governments, parliaments, programme managers, civil society, programme participants and the media. We do this by emphasising the value of planning and engaging with stakeholders to ensure that evaluations and reviews are relevant and useful. We use robust and effective monitoring to measure evidence use so that we can convey evidence impact on programmes and policies with greater confidence.

                  Since 3ie was founded, transparency, reproducibility, and ethics (TRE) have been core considerations in our work. We have developed and refined tools and best practices to ensure our studies apply technically rigorous methodologies, transparently share design and analysis decisions, yield computationally reproducible analysis, and incorporate foundational principles of research ethics into design, implementation, and dissemination. 3ie’s Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics (TRE) Policy articulates this commitment to TRE best practices.

                  3ie’s Development Evidence Portal is the largest-of-its-kind repository of rigorous evidence on what works in international development. This portal includes evaluations and synthesis of studies conducted in low-and middle-income countries. It combines records from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation and Systematic Review repositories, as well as, evidence gap maps.

                  These provide a visual display of completed and ongoing systematic reviews and impact evaluations in a sector or sub-sector, structured around a framework of interventions and outcomes.

                  Evidence impact summaries briefly describe how 3ie-supported evidence has informed and influenced decision makers. Each summary highlights verified instances of evidence impact.

                  We provide funding for replications, conduct in-house replication research and publish guidance on replication methodology. We also provide funding to original authors of 3ie-funded for preparing their raw datasets.

                  As part of our mandate as a knowledge producer and translator for our main audiences, we publish a range of knowledge products. These include briefs, impact evaluation reports, systematic review reports and summaries, replication papers, evidence gap map reports, scoping reports and working papers.

                  3ie’s Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (RIDIE) aims to enhance the transparency and quality of impact evaluation research before it begins.

                    • Agriculture
                    • Education
                    • Environment
                    • Governance
                    • Health
                    • Humanitarian
                    • Infrastructure
                    • Livelihoods
                    • Public finance
                    • Social protection
                    • Water, sanitation and hygiene
                    • Innovations in data for impact evaluation
                    • Replication
                    • Research transparency
                    • Peacebuilding
                    • Philippines
                    • Uganda
                    • West Africa Capacity-buidling and Impact Evaluation
                    • Strengthening the use of evidence for development impact

                    3ie’s evidence programmes support studies to fill critical knowledge gaps in a sector, sub-sector or in an area with limited rigorous evidence. We fund studies under a specific theme or which address a particular question or set of questions in programme areas where our donors want to expand global public knowledge of what works and what does not.

                    To help address gaps in the understanding of what works and what does not, we fund a variety of studies across this programme area, including interventions focused on insurance, extension, land-use and forestry, and innovation and technology.

                    3ie supports impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps on education effectiveness that help answer the questions of what works, for whom, why and at what cost.

                    We fund the production of rigorous evidence on biodiversity and forest conservation programmes, environmental regulations, impact of sustainable fuels, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

                    3ie is supporting the generation of evidence in areas such as transparency and accountability in natural resource governance. We also fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions to curb corruption, judicial and civil service reforms, land reforms, public financial management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, decentralised governance and public service delivery.

                    We fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions on HIV and AIDS, immunisation maternal and child health, nutrition and sexual and reproductive health through a number of evidence programmes. Evidence products from these programmes include replication studies, evidence gap maps, systematic reviews and impact evaluations.

                    We are supporting the generation of rigorous evidence in humanitarian contexts on interventions related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, multi-sectoral humanitarian programming and interventions targeting malnutrition.

                    We fund the production of rigorous evidence on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of public transportation by rail, bus and rapid transit systems, and essential services such as electricity and gas to expand access, foster inclusive growth, and combat climate change through sustainable systems.

                    3ie, in collaboration with India’s rural development ministry is working to generate rigorous evidence on the impact of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

                    We support policy-relevant studies that contribute to improving our understanding of public expenditure trends and improving the delivery of public goods.

                    We support impact evaluations to build the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the risks faced by the poor through participation in public works and employment programmes.

                    3ie’s has two major evidence programmes that support the generation and use of high-quality evidence for informing decision-making in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

                    In alignment with our mission, 3ie promotes rigorous, efficient, and ethical use of innovative data sources for impact evaluations, including in those conducted by 3ie, by 3ie research partners, and in the global development community more broadly.

                    We set up our Replication Programme to address the need for a freely available global public good that helps improve the quality and reliability of impact evaluation evidence used for development decision-making. Replication is the most established method of research validation in science, yet it has not been fully embraced by the research community or development donors, leading to this gap.

                    3ie produces research – whether in-house or through grants or contracts – that clearly and precisely documents the data and methods used in the analysis and the materials used to conduct the study. We have experienced and highly skilled staff ready to support the transparent production of evaluations, systematic reviews, and other knowledge products. .

                    Fragility has expensive, long-term consequences and trying to build peace in situations of protracted conflicts is becoming the norm. In 2016, 1.8 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world's population – were living in situations of fragility. Social cohesion is widely considered important in building sustainable peace in fragile contexts.

                    We work with various departments in the Philippines government to develop and fund rigorous evidence useful for policymakers. We also support capacity-building activities for Philippine researchers and support the impact evaluation management framework of the National Economic and Development Authority.

                    Working in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, the primary aim is to improve developmental outcomes through evidence-informed decision making in Uganda. 3ie is currently supporting evaluation of government programmes around youth livelihood, family planning, public service delivery and local governance, and universal primary education.

                    3ie and the government of Benin are working on a a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries in West Africa, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

                    This is a five-year programme (2019-23) that is working on increasing the use of evidence by policymakers in Ghana, Pakistan and Uganda. In partnership with country governments, this programme aims to develop capacity and promote innovation in increasing evidence-informed decision-making. SEDI is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

                    View our current funding opportunities for evaluations, systematic reviews and internal replication studies.

                    The year 2014 was one of innovation and impact at 3ie. We are supporting policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis in new thematic areas and filling critical knowledge gaps. Our studies are informing development policies and improving programmes. As a global leader in funding the production of high-quality evidence, we continued to support rigorous impact evaluations and full systematic reviews. Responding to demand, we expanded our capacity to produce evidence gap maps and rapid evidence reviews. Read highlights of ourwork and achievements.

                    Thematic Window 10, breaking through stagnation: testing innovations in engaging communities in increasing immunisation coverage
                    We invite proposals for evaluation of programmes of that have adopted innovative approaches to community engagement for increasing immunisation coverage in Gavi-eligible countries. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 10 July. Read more

                    Systematic Reviews Call 8
                    We invite proposals for systematic reviews that explore the impact of development interventions in the areas of sanitation and hygiene, humanitarian assistance and climate change. Deadline for applications: 12 noon GMT, 22 May.

                    Replication Window 3: internal replications of impact evaluations of HIV prevention interventions
                    We invite expressions of interest from researchers to conduct internal replications of influential, innovative or controversial impact evaluations of biomedical, behavioural, social and structural determinants of HIV prevention interventions. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 31 May. Read more

                    Policy Window Philippines, peace and development programmes: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

                    Policy Window 3, programmes implemented by the Ministry of Education, Government of Rwanda: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

                    Policy Window 3, community-based health initiatives in Bihar
                    We have awarded two grants for the impact evaluation of Gram Varta, a community mobilisation initiative, and the impact of the nodal Anganwadi centres in Bihar to the University of Göttingen and the Institute for Human Development respectively. Read more

                    Policy Window 3, girls’ education in Benin
                    We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the African School of Economics to design an impact evaluation of a girls’ education programme implemented by the Government of Benin.

                    Policy Window Philippines, programmes on social welfare and development
                    We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Philippine Institute of Development Studies to design an impact evaluation of a programme implemented by the Department of Social Welfare Development, Government of Philippines. Read more

                    Bursary awards
                    Since January 2015, we have awarded a total of 19 bursaries to applicants from Africa, the Middle East and Latin American and Caribbean region. In February, ten bursaries were awarded to applicants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region attending the 3ie-American University in Cairo workshop on systematic reviews and the MENA evaluation conference in Cairo. Bursary recipients from Egypt (1), Jordan (3), Morocco (2), Lebanon (1), Sudan (1) and Tunisia (2) represented non-profit organisations and government agencies.

                    Applicants nominated by 3ie’s members in Africa were awarded bursaries to attend the Uganda Evaluation Week on 10-14 March in Kampala. The recipients, from Benin (2), Burkina Faso (1), Senegal (2) and South Africa (2) largely represented government agencies involved in monitoring and policy planning.

                    We supported two applicants attending the 2015 Year of Evaluation Regional Conference in Lima, Peru, on 11-13 March. The Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) nominated one of the Mexican participants and 3ie selected a presenter from Argentina through a competitive process.

                    Using data to inform investment climate reform in Malawi
                    The Government of Malawi, while implementing investment climate reforms, particularly, the new Business Registration Act, was interested in knowing more about the characteristics of informal firms to decide on a turnover threshold, above which registration for firms could be mandatory. However, the government had little information about the distribution of turnover (size) of firms. In an ongoing study by Innovations for Poverty Action, researchers had collected these data as part of their baseline listing over 7,250 enterprises in Malawi. At the government’s request, the team provided summary statistics and helped inform discussions on setting the turnover threshold for firm registration. Read more about the study

                    Strengthening programme implementation with timely inputs in Zimbabwe
                    The Government of Zimbabwe’s harmonised social cash transfer (HSCT) programme is targeted towards ultra-poor households with labour constraints or high-dependency ratios. These are typically AIDS-affected households, with orphans and vulnerable children or with caregivers that are HIV-positive. Researchers from the University of North Carolina are trying to investigate the economic impact of the HSCT on both target households and the local community. An initial report from the study pointed to implementation issues on the ground stemming from lack of coordination between development programmes implemented by different ministries, especially the Basic Education Assistance Module of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Services. In order to resolve the issue and facilitate a more coordinated implementation approach, the government is considering an MoU between the two ministries. The government is invested in the research project, and the government–researcher collaboration will be put forth as a partnership model in a forthcoming book on transfer project evaluations published by Oxford University Press. HSCT will be featured with its own chapter to be co-authored by government counterparts and the evaluation team. Read more about the study

                    3ie Impact Evaluation Report 21, Shelter from the storm: upgrading housing infrastructure in Latin American slums: This study evaluated the impact of providing inexpensive pre-fabricated houses to families living in slums tenements in Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay. The findings showed that the intervention led to substantial increases in beneficiary satisfaction and quality of life. There was also a significant reduction in incidences of diarrhoea among children in Mexico and El Salvador. Besides this, beneficiaries in El Salvador also felt the houses increased their sense of security. The study also showed that the urban poor are willing to trade off housing conditions for better access to labour markets and hence, higher earnings. Read more

                    3ie Impact Evaluation Report 22, A wide angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana, India: This study evaluated the impact of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme and the Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) designed to improve student learning in primary and upper primary schools in the Indian state of Haryana. While CCE aims to provide teachers and students with broad-based and frequent feedback on performance, LEP offers tools and allocates time within the school day to enable teachers to focus their teaching at each child’s competency level. The study finds that LEP has a large positive impact on students’ basic Hindi language skills, indicating that programmes focused on teaching at the appropriate level can play a role in improving poor learning outcomes. Read more

                    3ie Impact Evaluation Report 23, Enhancing food production and food security through improved inputs: an evaluation of Tanzania’s National Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme with a focus on gender impacts: Findings from this study highlighted the disenfranchised position of female‐headed households relative to their male counterparts. The evaluation also found that food insecurity and reduced dietary diversity were common among female-headed households. Results from the qualitative study confirmed and contextualised these findings, showing that although female farmers felt the programme could help boost yields, many could not afford the top-up payment. As a result they did not participate. Read more

                    Resources on peacebuilding interventions: We have launched a scoping paper that reviews the supply of and demand for evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews on peacebuilding interventions. We produced an evidence gap map that provides access to the best available evidence on the outcomes of peacebuilding interventions in conflict-affected settings in low- and middle-income countries. The evidence gap map report explains the scope and methods and analyses the information in the map.

                    New feature on 3ie evidence gap map - platform population characteristics: We have added a new filter to the interactive evidence gap map platform that allows users to filter evidence by population characteristics. For example, in the evidence gap map of productive safety net programmes, users can now see which of the studies included in the evidence gap map evaluate intervention effects for people living on less than US$1.25 a day, people living below a national poverty line or people defined as food insecure. This feature will allow users to identify evidence that can help inform effective targeting of interventions in ways that achieve the greatest benefit for intended beneficiaries. It also enables identification of evidence gaps in our knowledge of what works best for whom.

                    Webinar on the 3ie evidence gap map on global productive safety net programmes: Martina Vojtkova, 3ie evaluation specialist, presented this recently-launched USAID-funded evidence gap map using a webinar. Watch recording.

                    Evidence matters to policymaking (19 February) Op-ed by Radhika Menon, 3ie senior policy and advocacy officer and Howard White, co-chair, Campbell Collaboration, was published in The Hindu.

                    Call for papers: IDEAS Global Assembly 2015 on Evaluating sustainable development, deadline: 15 May 2015

                    Partnership for Economic Policy annual conference on Inclusive growth and employment for poverty reduction, 29 April-8 May, Nairobi

                    Association of Commonwealth Universities and the South African Research & Innovation Management Association conference on Research and innovation for global challenges, 10-14 May, Johannesburg

                    Job opportunity: Chief Measurement and Impact Evaluation Officer, Global Fund to End Slavery, Washington, DC


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                    At the core of our work, impact evaluations are rigorous studies that measure the effects of international development programmes. We focus on conducting impact evaluations on policy-relevant research questions where credible findings can drive decision-making.

                    3ie invented evidence gap maps, which provide a visual overview of existing and ongoing studies or reviews in a sector or sub-sector of international development. These maps help policymakers find the most relevant evidence for a given question, thereby improving decision-making.

                    Our synthesis products, including systematic reviews, integrate findings from multiple different studies which address a common research question. Because they look systematically across the evidence base to see what works and why, systematic reviews and other synthesis products are more reliable for decision-making than results from a single study used in an ad hoc way.

                    Often, policy decisions must be made quickly. To make sure that decision-makers get the evidence they need when they need it, 3ie has developed a set of helpdesk services and rapid evidence products. Our Rapid Response Briefs and Rapid Evidence Assessments draw from the latest high-quality research to answer policy questions in a fraction of the time of traditional evaluations or systematic reviews.

                    We work with governments and other organizations to build their capacities in evaluation and evidence-informed decision-making. In addition to providing trainings on a wide range of evaluation methods, we offer ongoing support services to ensure our partners have access to the most up-to-date evidence and evaluation tools.

                    3ie specialises in increasing access to, demand for and use of evidence by governments, parliaments, programme managers, civil society, programme participants and the media. We do this by emphasising the value of planning and engaging with stakeholders to ensure that evaluations and reviews are relevant and useful. We use robust and effective monitoring to measure evidence use so that we can convey evidence impact on programmes and policies with greater confidence.

                    Since 3ie was founded, transparency, reproducibility, and ethics (TRE) have been core considerations in our work. We have developed and refined tools and best practices to ensure our studies apply technically rigorous methodologies, transparently share design and analysis decisions, yield computationally reproducible analysis, and incorporate foundational principles of research ethics into design, implementation, and dissemination. 3ie’s Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics (TRE) Policy articulates this commitment to TRE best practices.

                    3ie’s Development Evidence Portal is the largest-of-its-kind repository of rigorous evidence on what works in international development. This portal includes evaluations and synthesis of studies conducted in low-and middle-income countries. It combines records from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation and Systematic Review repositories, as well as, evidence gap maps.

                    These provide a visual display of completed and ongoing systematic reviews and impact evaluations in a sector or sub-sector, structured around a framework of interventions and outcomes.

                    Evidence impact summaries briefly describe how 3ie-supported evidence has informed and influenced decision makers. Each summary highlights verified instances of evidence impact.

                    We provide funding for replications, conduct in-house replication research and publish guidance on replication methodology. We also provide funding to original authors of 3ie-funded for preparing their raw datasets.

                    As part of our mandate as a knowledge producer and translator for our main audiences, we publish a range of knowledge products. These include briefs, impact evaluation reports, systematic review reports and summaries, replication papers, evidence gap map reports, scoping reports and working papers.

                    3ie’s Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (RIDIE) aims to enhance the transparency and quality of impact evaluation research before it begins.

                      • Agriculture
                      • Education
                      • Environment
                      • Governance
                      • Health
                      • Humanitarian
                      • Infrastructure
                      • Livelihoods
                      • Public finance
                      • Social protection
                      • Water, sanitation and hygiene
                      • Innovations in data for impact evaluation
                      • Replication
                      • Research transparency
                      • Peacebuilding
                      • Philippines
                      • Uganda
                      • West Africa Capacity-buidling and Impact Evaluation
                      • Strengthening the use of evidence for development impact

                      3ie’s evidence programmes support studies to fill critical knowledge gaps in a sector, sub-sector or in an area with limited rigorous evidence. We fund studies under a specific theme or which address a particular question or set of questions in programme areas where our donors want to expand global public knowledge of what works and what does not.

                      To help address gaps in the understanding of what works and what does not, we fund a variety of studies across this programme area, including interventions focused on insurance, extension, land-use and forestry, and innovation and technology.

                      3ie supports impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps on education effectiveness that help answer the questions of what works, for whom, why and at what cost.

                      We fund the production of rigorous evidence on biodiversity and forest conservation programmes, environmental regulations, impact of sustainable fuels, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

                      3ie is supporting the generation of evidence in areas such as transparency and accountability in natural resource governance. We also fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions to curb corruption, judicial and civil service reforms, land reforms, public financial management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, decentralised governance and public service delivery.

                      We fund the production of rigorous evidence on interventions on HIV and AIDS, immunisation maternal and child health, nutrition and sexual and reproductive health through a number of evidence programmes. Evidence products from these programmes include replication studies, evidence gap maps, systematic reviews and impact evaluations.

                      We are supporting the generation of rigorous evidence in humanitarian contexts on interventions related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, multi-sectoral humanitarian programming and interventions targeting malnutrition.

                      We fund the production of rigorous evidence on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of public transportation by rail, bus and rapid transit systems, and essential services such as electricity and gas to expand access, foster inclusive growth, and combat climate change through sustainable systems.

                      3ie, in collaboration with India’s rural development ministry is working to generate rigorous evidence on the impact of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

                      We support policy-relevant studies that contribute to improving our understanding of public expenditure trends and improving the delivery of public goods.

                      We support impact evaluations to build the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the risks faced by the poor through participation in public works and employment programmes.

                      3ie’s has two major evidence programmes that support the generation and use of high-quality evidence for informing decision-making in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

                      In alignment with our mission, 3ie promotes rigorous, efficient, and ethical use of innovative data sources for impact evaluations, including in those conducted by 3ie, by 3ie research partners, and in the global development community more broadly.

                      We set up our Replication Programme to address the need for a freely available global public good that helps improve the quality and reliability of impact evaluation evidence used for development decision-making. Replication is the most established method of research validation in science, yet it has not been fully embraced by the research community or development donors, leading to this gap.

                      3ie produces research – whether in-house or through grants or contracts – that clearly and precisely documents the data and methods used in the analysis and the materials used to conduct the study. We have experienced and highly skilled staff ready to support the transparent production of evaluations, systematic reviews, and other knowledge products. .

                      Fragility has expensive, long-term consequences and trying to build peace in situations of protracted conflicts is becoming the norm. In 2016, 1.8 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world's population – were living in situations of fragility. Social cohesion is widely considered important in building sustainable peace in fragile contexts.

                      We work with various departments in the Philippines government to develop and fund rigorous evidence useful for policymakers. We also support capacity-building activities for Philippine researchers and support the impact evaluation management framework of the National Economic and Development Authority.

                      Working in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, the primary aim is to improve developmental outcomes through evidence-informed decision making in Uganda. 3ie is currently supporting evaluation of government programmes around youth livelihood, family planning, public service delivery and local governance, and universal primary education.

                      3ie and the government of Benin are working on a a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries in West Africa, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

                      This is a five-year programme (2019-23) that is working on increasing the use of evidence by policymakers in Ghana, Pakistan and Uganda. In partnership with country governments, this programme aims to develop capacity and promote innovation in increasing evidence-informed decision-making. SEDI is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

                      View our current funding opportunities for evaluations, systematic reviews and internal replication studies.

                      The year 2014 was one of innovation and impact at 3ie. We are supporting policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis in new thematic areas and filling critical knowledge gaps. Our studies are informing development policies and improving programmes. As a global leader in funding the production of high-quality evidence, we continued to support rigorous impact evaluations and full systematic reviews. Responding to demand, we expanded our capacity to produce evidence gap maps and rapid evidence reviews. Read highlights of ourwork and achievements.

                      Thematic Window 10, breaking through stagnation: testing innovations in engaging communities in increasing immunisation coverage
                      We invite proposals for evaluation of programmes of that have adopted innovative approaches to community engagement for increasing immunisation coverage in Gavi-eligible countries. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 10 July. Read more

                      Systematic Reviews Call 8
                      We invite proposals for systematic reviews that explore the impact of development interventions in the areas of sanitation and hygiene, humanitarian assistance and climate change. Deadline for applications: 12 noon GMT, 22 May.

                      Replication Window 3: internal replications of impact evaluations of HIV prevention interventions
                      We invite expressions of interest from researchers to conduct internal replications of influential, innovative or controversial impact evaluations of biomedical, behavioural, social and structural determinants of HIV prevention interventions. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 31 May. Read more

                      Policy Window Philippines, peace and development programmes: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

                      Policy Window 3, programmes implemented by the Ministry of Education, Government of Rwanda: Please sign up here to receive the request for qualifications.

                      Policy Window 3, community-based health initiatives in Bihar
                      We have awarded two grants for the impact evaluation of Gram Varta, a community mobilisation initiative, and the impact of the nodal Anganwadi centres in Bihar to the University of Göttingen and the Institute for Human Development respectively. Read more

                      Policy Window 3, girls’ education in Benin
                      We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the African School of Economics to design an impact evaluation of a girls’ education programme implemented by the Government of Benin.

                      Policy Window Philippines, programmes on social welfare and development
                      We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Philippine Institute of Development Studies to design an impact evaluation of a programme implemented by the Department of Social Welfare Development, Government of Philippines. Read more

                      Bursary awards
                      Since January 2015, we have awarded a total of 19 bursaries to applicants from Africa, the Middle East and Latin American and Caribbean region. In February, ten bursaries were awarded to applicants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region attending the 3ie-American University in Cairo workshop on systematic reviews and the MENA evaluation conference in Cairo. Bursary recipients from Egypt (1), Jordan (3), Morocco (2), Lebanon (1), Sudan (1) and Tunisia (2) represented non-profit organisations and government agencies.

                      Applicants nominated by 3ie’s members in Africa were awarded bursaries to attend the Uganda Evaluation Week on 10-14 March in Kampala. The recipients, from Benin (2), Burkina Faso (1), Senegal (2) and South Africa (2) largely represented government agencies involved in monitoring and policy planning.

                      We supported two applicants attending the 2015 Year of Evaluation Regional Conference in Lima, Peru, on 11-13 March. The Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) nominated one of the Mexican participants and 3ie selected a presenter from Argentina through a competitive process.

                      Using data to inform investment climate reform in Malawi
                      The Government of Malawi, while implementing investment climate reforms, particularly, the new Business Registration Act, was interested in knowing more about the characteristics of informal firms to decide on a turnover threshold, above which registration for firms could be mandatory. However, the government had little information about the distribution of turnover (size) of firms. In an ongoing study by Innovations for Poverty Action, researchers had collected these data as part of their baseline listing over 7,250 enterprises in Malawi. At the government’s request, the team provided summary statistics and helped inform discussions on setting the turnover threshold for firm registration. Read more about the study

                      Strengthening programme implementation with timely inputs in Zimbabwe
                      The Government of Zimbabwe’s harmonised social cash transfer (HSCT) programme is targeted towards ultra-poor households with labour constraints or high-dependency ratios. These are typically AIDS-affected households, with orphans and vulnerable children or with caregivers that are HIV-positive. Researchers from the University of North Carolina are trying to investigate the economic impact of the HSCT on both target households and the local community. An initial report from the study pointed to implementation issues on the ground stemming from lack of coordination between development programmes implemented by different ministries, especially the Basic Education Assistance Module of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Services. In order to resolve the issue and facilitate a more coordinated implementation approach, the government is considering an MoU between the two ministries. The government is invested in the research project, and the government–researcher collaboration will be put forth as a partnership model in a forthcoming book on transfer project evaluations published by Oxford University Press. HSCT will be featured with its own chapter to be co-authored by government counterparts and the evaluation team. Read more about the study

                      3ie Impact Evaluation Report 21, Shelter from the storm: upgrading housing infrastructure in Latin American slums: This study evaluated the impact of providing inexpensive pre-fabricated houses to families living in slums tenements in Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay. The findings showed that the intervention led to substantial increases in beneficiary satisfaction and quality of life. There was also a significant reduction in incidences of diarrhoea among children in Mexico and El Salvador. Besides this, beneficiaries in El Salvador also felt the houses increased their sense of security. The study also showed that the urban poor are willing to trade off housing conditions for better access to labour markets and hence, higher earnings. Read more

                      3ie Impact Evaluation Report 22, A wide angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana, India: This study evaluated the impact of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme and the Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) designed to improve student learning in primary and upper primary schools in the Indian state of Haryana. While CCE aims to provide teachers and students with broad-based and frequent feedback on performance, LEP offers tools and allocates time within the school day to enable teachers to focus their teaching at each child’s competency level. The study finds that LEP has a large positive impact on students’ basic Hindi language skills, indicating that programmes focused on teaching at the appropriate level can play a role in improving poor learning outcomes. Read more

                      3ie Impact Evaluation Report 23, Enhancing food production and food security through improved inputs: an evaluation of Tanzania’s National Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme with a focus on gender impacts: Findings from this study highlighted the disenfranchised position of female‐headed households relative to their male counterparts. The evaluation also found that food insecurity and reduced dietary diversity were common among female-headed households. Results from the qualitative study confirmed and contextualised these findings, showing that although female farmers felt the programme could help boost yields, many could not afford the top-up payment. As a result they did not participate. Read more

                      Resources on peacebuilding interventions: We have launched a scoping paper that reviews the supply of and demand for evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews on peacebuilding interventions. We produced an evidence gap map that provides access to the best available evidence on the outcomes of peacebuilding interventions in conflict-affected settings in low- and middle-income countries. The evidence gap map report explains the scope and methods and analyses the information in the map.

                      New feature on 3ie evidence gap map - platform population characteristics: We have added a new filter to the interactive evidence gap map platform that allows users to filter evidence by population characteristics. For example, in the evidence gap map of productive safety net programmes, users can now see which of the studies included in the evidence gap map evaluate intervention effects for people living on less than US$1.25 a day, people living below a national poverty line or people defined as food insecure. This feature will allow users to identify evidence that can help inform effective targeting of interventions in ways that achieve the greatest benefit for intended beneficiaries. It also enables identification of evidence gaps in our knowledge of what works best for whom.

                      Webinar on the 3ie evidence gap map on global productive safety net programmes: Martina Vojtkova, 3ie evaluation specialist, presented this recently-launched USAID-funded evidence gap map using a webinar. Watch recording.

                      Evidence matters to policymaking (19 February) Op-ed by Radhika Menon, 3ie senior policy and advocacy officer and Howard White, co-chair, Campbell Collaboration, was published in The Hindu.

                      Call for papers: IDEAS Global Assembly 2015 on Evaluating sustainable development, deadline: 15 May 2015

                      Partnership for Economic Policy annual conference on Inclusive growth and employment for poverty reduction, 29 April-8 May, Nairobi

                      Association of Commonwealth Universities and the South African Research & Innovation Management Association conference on Research and innovation for global challenges, 10-14 May, Johannesburg

                      Job opportunity: Chief Measurement and Impact Evaluation Officer, Global Fund to End Slavery, Washington, DC


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