CDI's events programme covers the key issues of impact evaluation in international development.

Our regular CDI Seminar Series invites academics, practitioners, and other experts working on impact evaluation to explore the application of a range of approaches and designs for assessing the impact of complex development and policy interventions. The seminars aim to stimulate debate between theory, methodology and practice, and in doing so, explore new frontiers and cross-disciplinary opportunities to advance the field of impact evaluation. 

CDI events are hosted mainly in the UK at the Institute of Development Studies, Itad and the University of East Anglia. Write-ups and audio recordings of many of the events, along with short interviews with speakers, are available online.

Events

15 November 2017 - 3:30pm
The rise of voluntary standards and their associated certification for agricultural products is a well-established phenomenon in the contemporary dynamics of agricultural trade. Supply chain management is increasingly influenced by a proliferation of standards, and by the organisations setting and monitoring them over a growing number of products.
Speaker(s): Dafni Skalidou & Florian Schafer
25 October 2017 - 3:30pm
Broadening the range of methods and designs for impact evaluations provides new opportunities and opens up new possibilities. However, it creates the problem of choosing and combining the most appropriate methods under different circumstances and for different evaluations.
Speaker(s): Barbara Befani
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
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 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
10 November 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
In this seminar, we will discuss how a process-tracing approach was adopted to explore the policy impact of the Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index.
Speaker(s): Dolf te Lintelo
13 October 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
This CDI seminar, held in conjunction with IDS’s Climate Change and Development Seminar Series, will explore how extreme events can be framed and analysed as natural experiments. The event delineates a before and after and affects people and places differentially – the hallmark of an experiment.
Speaker(s): Michael Loevinsohn
2 June 2016 - 1:00pm
How do we evaluate the impact of development funds? Is the impact of funders limited to the sum of the projects they fund? Or do they create important externalities? Do development funds share the same basic theory of change? Or are there specific elements and assumptions that are useful to articulate and track for each organisation?
Speaker(s): Natalia Gavrilita and Ken Chomitz (Global Innovation Fund)
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

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