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Upcoming Events

Evaluating complex interventions in international development

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.



Past Events

The Evidence-Based Project Cycle

24 March 2021

Whilst 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

Big data for development: bridging the gap between machine learning and human learning

3 March 2021

Big 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

Crossing the Social Barrier: Participatory Theatre as a Means to Overcome Gender Based Violence

3 February 2021

Questioning patriarchal gender relations and changing the social meaning of domestic violence to reduce its incidence: evidence from a cultural intervention in India, and its potential scale up. What works, where and for whom?

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Innovations in responsive evidence synthesis services in the time of COVID

20 January 2021

This CEDIL webinar aims to share and discuss innovations both in the way in which evidence is synthesised to inform decisions, and in the way that evidence services are delivered.

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The Production and Use of Evidence and Gap Maps

9 December 2020

CEDIL has funded a range of evidence syntheses including maps. This session presents two CEDIL-funded maps and an overview of the use of maps, including examples from CEDIL-funded work.

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Engaging stakeholders with evidence and uncertainty

25 November 2020

While policy teams may be uncertain about what to do and how their decisions will play out, research teams may be uncertain about what they know and how to learn more. Both may reach out for evidence and to other stakeholders for help – stakeholders who are potentially affected by policy decisions or the research that informs them. This webinar will discuss different ways for policy teams, research teams and other stakeholder to engage with evidence and each other depending on the task and circumstances; and consider some tools that might help them.

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Evaluating Research Uptake and Impact; Juggling Evidence, Politics and Uncertainty

21 October 2020

In the context of Covid-19, juggling politics, evidence and uncertainty has become quite challenging. How can development projects know they are making a difference? How can politics be factored into research uptake rather than ignored? What are the implications of the necessary uncertainty and ambiguity of policy and practice change?

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Evaluations in humanitarian settings during Covid-19

16 September 2020,

Reflections on the generation and use of evidence in humanitarian, conflict and fragile state settings with insights on Covid-19 additional challenges.

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