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

Upcoming webinars

How Biased are Observational Methods in Practice? Accumulating Evidence Using Randomised Controlled Trials with Imperfect Compliance

05 April 2023 – Consider a policy maker choosing between programs of unknown impact. She can inform her decision using observational methods, or by running a randomised controlled trial (RCT). The proponents of RCTs would argue that observational approaches suffer from bias of an unknown size and direction, and so are uninformative.

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Evaluation and Measurement

27 March 2023 – This webinar will discuss the finding of the CEDIL funded project, Evaluation and Measurement, led by Orazio Attanasio, and the final paper “Evaluation and Measurement”

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Process Outcome Integration with Theory (POInT): academic report

This paper describes a novel approach to evaluating development interventions – the POInT approach, which uses Bayesian causal modelling to integrate process and outcome data to generate insights about all aspects of the theory of change, including outcomes, mechanisms, mediators and moderators. The approach is used in evaluating complex development interventions.

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. See all projects

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.

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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.

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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.

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Evaluation and Measurement

Can we reduce vulnerabilities of short-term low-skilled women migrants in the South-to-West Asia corridor? Results from the Gender-Sensitive Risks and Options Assessment for Decision Making (ROAD) to Support WiF-2

Exploring the transferability of mid-range theories through recontextualising an evidence portal

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