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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 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

Impact investing – investing for social and environmental returns alongside financial returns – is a growing phenomenon in financial markets. However, concerns exist regarding the demand for robust impact evidence and accountability for impact claims when compared to a public sector aid model.

Institute of Development Studies October 2016

Upcoming events

4 May 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
During this seminar, Carrie Baptist will reflect on her experiences creating and implementing global M&E systems for three of Save the Children UK’s largest business partnerships: with GlaxoSmithKline, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever.
Speaker(s): Carrie Baptist
4 May 2017 - 1:00pm
In a rapidly changing aid environment, where development actors are being asked to achieve greater impact with diminishing resources, many NGOs and development actors are looking towards partnerships with business as a way to increase effectiveness and scale-up programming. Partnerships with business allow NGOs to tap into new resources, networks and capabilities, with the potential to achieve greater impact than they would otherwise. However, they also present risks and challenges and are not always suited to traditional evaluation approaches.
Speaker(s): Carrie Baptist
6 April 2017 - 1:00pm
In this CDI seminar, Barbara Befani will introduce The Choosing Appropriate Evaluation Methods tool, which she has developed with Michael O’Donnell from Bond and input from experts in 11 different evaluation methods.
Speaker(s): Barbara Befani

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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