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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.


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.


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.


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 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

Realist evaluation provides valuable insights into how and why programmes lead to change, and can generate transferable lessons to help practitioners roll out or scale up an intervention. However, as yet there are few standards and guidelines governing what counts as a ‘good’ realist evaluation.

Institute of Development Studies April 2016

This CDI Practice Paper by Richard Longhurst, Peter Wichmand and Burt Perrin discusses how evaluability assessments (EAs) can support the choice of evaluation approaches for determining impact, drawing on recent experiences of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour of the International Labour Office.

Institute of Development Studies March 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

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
Florian Schatz

At the European Evaluation Society 2016 conference (EES2016), I found myself attending almost exclusively sessions related to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). Two years ago, QCA was still the newbie at EES, but with seven sessions on the topic at this year’s conference it’s clear that the approach has taken a prominent role in European evaluation discourse and practice.

October 2016
Peter O'Flynn

CDI’s network has been growing fast. Last month we conducted our first ever survey of the 3,500 email subscribers in our community (from 9th to 22nd August) – a huge thank you to all those who participated.

September 2016

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