Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning
CEDIL was was established in 2017 with UK aid funding from the UK government. CEDIL develops and tests innovative approaches to impact evaluation and evidence synthesis in low-income countries. CEDIL is working through partner projects to:
Develop and test innovative methods for evaluation and evidence synthesis in international development contexts
Build the evidence base on research uptake and use in decision-making
The unfinished evidence revolution: riding the five waves
The last thirty years have seen an evidence revolution which has developed in four waves: outcome monitoring, impact evaluation, systematic reviews and knowledge brokering. This paper examines the current state of each of the waves of the evidence revolution.
CEDIL Projects Approach
To deliver these goals, CEDIL commissioning a £10 million research portfolio of primary evaluations, secondary data analysis, evidence synthesis and exploratory projects. Additionally, the Centre’s Directorate is undertaking evidence synthesis and outreach activities to maximise learning from its research and ensure uptake.
Evaluating Complex Interventions
The Centre seeks to strengthen methods to evaluate complex, multi-component interventions and improve theoretical understanding of causal chains that explain how and why combinations of activities work.
Enhancing Evidence Transferability
The Centre will develop and test middle-range theories to explain how programmes work in a plurality of contexts and how interventions can be designed and adapted to novel contexts.
Increasing Evidence Use
The Centre aims to rigorously assess three areas of research uptake stakeholder engagement, making sense of evidence and communication methods and will develop guidelines for policymakers on using evidence from multiple sources.