Our recent events are listed here.

26 May 2016 - 1:00pm
In this CDI seminar, Pauline Oosterhoff (IDS) will present the reasons, benefits, and challenges in using participatory statistics to assess the impact of interventions to eradicate slavery and bonded labour.
Speaker(s): Pauline Oosterhoff (IDS),
25 May 2016 - 3:30pm
There is widespread recognition that mixed methods approaches are a ‘platinum standard’ in research and evaluation and the expanding availability of secondary quantitative data creates unprecedented opportunities for studying poverty and evaluating poverty reduction programmes. At the same time it presents methodological shortcomings that are under-explored.
Speaker(s): Keetie Roelen
29 April 2016 - 12:30pm
In this seminar Jeremy Holland and Florian Schatz share methodological learning from the complex macro evaluation of DFID's large and diverse Empowerment and Accountability portfolio.
Speaker(s): Jeremy Holland, Oxford Policy Management and Florian Schatz, Itad
21 April 2016 - 1:00pm
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.
Speaker(s): Melanie Punton, Rob Lloyd, Isabel Vogel
20 April 2016 - 3:30pm
According to the 2011 Census, the child sex ratio in the 0-6 age group was 918 girls to 1000 boys in India, representing a decrease from 927 in 2001. The estimate, therefore, is that between 2001 and 2011, approximately 12 million girls were lost, in large part due to practices including sex selective abortions, female infanticide, denial of food and other forms of neglect.
Speaker(s): Meera Tiwari, Susannah Pickering Saqqa, Kathryn Kraft
9 March 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
This seminar will present a range of causal inference models used in scientific research that can be used to assess the impact of development programmes.
Speaker(s): Barbara Befani
3 March 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Two previous ethics events have been hosted by the Centre for Development Impact. These events looked at ethics and explored how the concept can become more relevant to the field of impact evaluation. One issue is that, while inclusion is recognised as a fundamental principle of best practice, it is often discussed narrowly in terms of ethics.
Speaker(s): Chris Barnett; Rob D. van den Berg; Laura Camfield; John Gaventa; and Leslie Groves.
18 February 2016 - 1:00pm
The past ten years have seen a surge in interest and investment in impact evaluation in development. Bulletproof numbers must justify programme investments at scale, while credible explanations of observed changes are essential to influence national policy and local responsibility for greater impact.
Speaker(s): Adinda Van Hemelrijck and Irene Guijt
10 February 2016 - 1:00pm
Technological innovation in agriculture can be an important source of productivity gains, and agricultural research has correspondingly been the focus of many development efforts. Theory shows that in some contexts, innovation has the potential to generate improvements in income and well-being for rural households and the poor. But many innovations are not readily adopted by farmers, and in some cases, agricultural innovation can lead to negative outcomes or at least uneven impacts.
Speaker(s): Professor Doug Gollin
10 December 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
This seminar, presented by Bridget Fenn, will briefly cover the background to the Research on Food Assistance for Nutritional Impact (REFANI) Pakistan study, outline the study design and present some baseline results and some of the issues running RCTs in humanitarian settings.
Speaker(s): Bridget Fenn