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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 highlights the paradox within impact investing: the prioritisation of ‘social impact’ without prioritising ‘impact evidence’.

Institute of Development Studies February 2017

This report highlights the paradox within impact investing: the prioritisation of ‘social impact’ without prioritising ‘impact evidence’.

Institute of Development Studies February 2017

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

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 February 2017 - 1:00pm
Can a mobile phone app help improve the quality of nutrition counselling? If so, how and why does it work? During our latest CDI seminar, we will explore how the innovative methodology ‘process tracing’ was used to investigate these questions.
Speaker(s): Inka Barnett (IDS) and Melanie Punton (Itad)
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

An introduction to CDI

Centre for Development Impact - Explainer

Latest blog posts

Rachel Eager

CDI started the new year with a bang, launching our inaugural ‘Designing effective ways to evaluate impact’ short course at IDS, led by CDI director Chris Barnett and IDS visiting fellow Rob D. van den Berg.

February 2017
Chris Barnett

What role will evaluation play in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? A recent event at Wilton Park, convened in collaboration with CDI, explored how evaluation should track the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the course of the event, Chris Barnett came to four realisations.

February 2017
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

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