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Publications

This report highlights the paradox within impact investing: the prioritisation of ‘social impact’ without prioritising ‘impact evidence’.

Institute of Development Studies 
Institute of Development Studies February 2017
IDS Evidence Report

This report explains the methodology used to analyse the demand for evidence and accountability within the impact investment market.

Institute of Development Studies 
Institute of Development Studies November 2016
IDS Evidence Report

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 
Institute of Development Studies October 2016
Briefing Paper

This panel discussion is supported by the Institute of Development Studies' Department for International Development Accountable Grant, with a view to continue a dialogue around the use and application of ethics in impact evaluation.

The event was hosted by the Centre for Development Impact (CDI), a joint initiative between IDS, Itad and the University of East Anglia. It builds on previous research conducted by the CDI to open up debate on ethics within the field of impact evaluation.

Institute of Development Studies 
Institute of Development Studies July 2016
IDS Evidence Report

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.

Institute of Development Studies 
Institute of Development Studies April 2016
CDI Practice Paper

This CDI Practice Paper by Richard Longhurst, Peter Wichmand and Burt Perrin discusses how evaluability assessments (EAs) can support the choice of evaluation approaches for determining impact, drawing on recent experiences of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour of the International Labour Office.

Institute of Development Studies 
Institute of Development Studies March 2016
CDI Practice Paper

This paper by Adinda Van Hemelrijck and Irene Guijt explores how impact evaluation can live up to standards broader than statistical rigour in ways that address challenges of complexity and enable stakeholders to engage meaningfully.

Institute of Development Studies 
Institute of Development Studies February 2016
CDI Practice Paper

There is widespread recognition that mixed-methods approaches are a ‘platinum standard’ in research and evaluation and that the expanding availability of secondary quantitative data creates unprecedented opportunities for studying poverty and evaluating poverty reduction programmes. At the same time, this expanding availability of secondary quantitative data presents methodological shortcomings that are underexplored.

Institute of Development Studies 
Institute of Development Studies February 2016
CDI Practice Paper

This CDI Practice Paper by Pauline Oosterhoff, Sowmyaa Bharadwaj, Danny Burns, Aruna Mohan Raj, Rituu B. Nanda and Pradeep Narayanan reflects on the use of participatory statistics to assess the impact of interventions to eradicate slavery and bonded labour.

Institute of Development Studies 
Institute of Development Studies February 2016
CDI Practice Paper

‘Impact’ in impact investing has been touted as bringing a new dimension to investing, going beyond investment’s traditional ‘risk’ and ‘return’ dimensions, and even becoming a new paradigm in solving society’s problems (Social Impact Investment Taskforce 2014a).

Institute of Development Studies 
Institute of Development Studies January 2016
IDS Evidence Report