21 April 2021
Everyone knows that international development is complex and yet the evaluation methods used by researchers tend to ignore this complexity. Edoardo Masset will present the results of a CEDIL review of methods for evaluating complex interventions. The methods reviewed will include: adaptive trials, factorial designs, qualitative comparative analysis, synthetic controls, agent-based modelling, and system dynamics. All these methods have limitations but can be useful in some circumstances when applied to the evaluation of specific interventions.
Estelle Raimondo is the co-editor of a recent book on Dealing with Complexity in Development Evaluation, and is an evaluation expert at the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group and she will introduce current approaches and experimentation on the evaluation of complex interventions.
Peter Craig is the lead author of the influential MRC guidelines on the evaluation of complex interventions, which are currently being revised, and he will discuss the most recent developments. After their presentations the speakers will take questions from the audience. The event will be chaired by Rick Davies.
24 March 2021Whilst more attention is being paid to ‘use of evidence’ there remains lack of clarity of what evidence to use and when. The event based policy cycle – which can be applied to policies, programmes, projects and practice – provides a framework for planning the use and production of evidence. The framework identifies the types and sources of evidence to be used in identifying and designing programmes, the role of formative research and evaluation, feedback loops through adaptive learning impact evaluation, the three stages of trials, and accumulating evidence to inform future policy choices. Examples are used from several sectors in several countries. Find full details at the events page: Webinar Page
3 March 2021Big data presents new opportunities for innovative research in international development. In this webinar, a panel of experts will draw on real-world applications in this area to reflect on key questions for the field, such as: Is the term “big data” even useful? When do the benefits of big data outweigh its blind spots? Will low-touch measurement become the new normal? More information and registration link can be found on the event page: Event Page
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