What's new at CDI

Content Page 

A unique partnership

The Centre for Development Impact is an innovative partnership between Itad, UEA and IDS. We contribute to learning and innovation in the field of impact evaluation, through the use of appropriate, mixed method, and robust evaluation designs.

Event 

New Frontiers for Evaluation

As part of the International Year of Evaluation 2015 this conference will provide an opportunity to identify good impact evaluation practices and to build new evaluation coalitions for market-oriented development initiatives.

Event 

Who Counts? The Power of Participatory Statistics

Local people can generate their own numbers – and the statistics that result are powerful for themselves and can influence policy.

Publication 

Testing an Uptake Theory with QCA

Policy impact is a complex process influenced by multiple factors. An intermediate step in this process is policy uptake, or the adoption of measures by policymakers that reflect research findings and recommendations.

Latest publications

This report explains the methodology used to analyse the demand for evidence and accountability within the impact investment market.

Institute of Development Studies November 2016

This report explains the methodology used to analyse the demand for evidence and accountability within the impact investment market.

Institute of Development Studies November 2016

This panel discussion is supported by the Institute of Development Studies' Department for International Development Accountable Grant, with a view to continue a dialogue around the use and application of ethics in impact evaluation.

The event was hosted by the Centre for Development Impact (CDI), a joint initiative between IDS, Itad and the University of East Anglia. It builds on previous research conducted by the CDI to open up debate on ethics within the field of impact evaluation.

Institute of Development Studies July 2016

Upcoming events

27 March 2017 - 9:00am to 7 April 2017 - 5:30pm
It has become increasingly important to use 'evidence-based' criteria to decide what kind of programmes work, how, for whom, in what circumstances and at what cost. This short course, run by the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, aims to enable participants to understand, critique and make effective use of quantitative evidence.
Speaker(s): Dr Maren Duvendack and Dr Richard Palmer-Jones
16 January 2017 - 9:00am to 20 January 2017 - 5:00pm
This five day course, run by the Institute of Development Studies, tackles an emerging problem in development evaluation: how to ensure that we have the right mix of methods to provide relevant and credible impact evidence. In order to do this, we need to achieve a better understanding of the potential contribution of various evaluation designs and methods, and create the space for thinking this through and incorporating it into our practice.
Speaker(s): Chris Barnett, Chris van den Berg
16 November 2016 - 3:30pm
In this seminar, a process-tracing approach is adopted to explore the policy impact of the Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (www.hancindex.org).
Speaker(s): Dolf te Lintelo

An introduction to CDI

Centre for Development Impact - Explainer

Latest blog posts

Peter O'Flynn

September and October were very busy months in terms of CDI operations! We went on a couple of trips – to Sweden and Ghana – which have helped us in developing our thinking and learning on social impact.

November 2016
Chris Barnett

Those of us who undertake evaluations know what if feels like to be in a contested space, sometimes all too painfully! There are funders who push back on findings, project staff who want conclusions to appear less severe, or competing perspectives from different review groups and committees. If handled well – and with adequate protection of the evaluator’s independence – this contestation and deliberation can be a valuable process for improving quality.

November 2016
Florian Schatz

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) has taken a prominent role in European evaluation discourse and practice over the past few years and was a hot topic at the 2016 European Evaluation Society Conference.

October 2016

Newsletter signup