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

21 November 2017 - 4:00pm
The Centre for Development Impact has convened a panel of global development experts to discuss the role of evidence in a changing world and ask what next for international development.
Speaker(s): Michael Anderson, Owen Barder, Claire Melamed
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
19 October 2017 - 1:00pm
In this seminar, new CDI Director Giel Ton will present his experiences with research design to improve real-time monitoring and evaluation in PSD organisations – Pioneering Real-time Monitoring and Evaluation in small and medium enterprises (PRIME).
Speaker(s): Giel Ton
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
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
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, Rob 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
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

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