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.


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
20 July 2015 - 1:00pm to 22 July 2015 - 2:00pm
As part of the International Year of Evaluation 2015, this meeting will provide an opportunity to identify good impact evaluation practices, and to build new evaluation coalitions for market-oriented development initiatives.
8 June 2015 - 9:00am to 19 June 2015 - 5:00pm
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. Much evidence is quantitative in nature and this course aims to enable participants to understand, critique and make effective use of such evidence.
Speaker(s): Dr Maren Duvendack and Dr Richard Palmer-Jones
1 June 2015 - 9:00pm to 5 June 2015 - 5:00pm
Beyond Surveys complements the very successful two week Impact Evaluation short course which this year runs from 08-19 June. An individual may participate in both courses if they wish to do so but should be aware that there will be some overlap in materials. The course is introductory and primarily designed for people who have limited knowledge of evaluation adn are beginning to use 'small n' approaches in their work rather than experienced practitioners.
23 April 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
In this seminar, Rob D. van den Berg proposes an approach to ‘3D impact analysis’ which starts from the recognition that demand for impact evidence is wide ranging and should be analysed structurally before it can be met by evaluations. This will become more important with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals that ask for a more holistic and integrated perspective of development.
Speaker(s): Rob van den Berg

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