Publications


Causal chain analysis in systematic reviews of international development interventions

Authors: Kneale D, Thomas J, Bangpan M, Waddington H, Gough D Understanding the extent to which an intervention ‘works’ can provide compelling evidence to decision-makers, although without an accompanying explanation of how an intervention works, this evidence can be difficult to apply in other settings, ultimately impeding its usefulness in making judicious and evidence-informed decisions. In
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Mixing and Matching: Using Qualitative Methods to Improve Quantitative Impact Evaluations (IEs) and Systematic Reviews (SRs) of Development Outcomes

Authors: Jimenez E, Waddington H, Goel N, Prost A, Pullin A, White H, Lahiri S, Narain A, Bhatia R Recent books about evaluations to study the quantitative impact of development programs and projects typically devote a chapter or two of the need to complement the analysis with other methods – specifically qualitative techniques. They often cite
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Using data differently and using different data

Authors: Almas, A., Attanasio, O., Oteiza, F., Jalan, J., Vigneri, M. The lack of adequate measures to capture relevant factors, and the prevalence of measurement error in existing ones, often constitute the main impediment to robust policy evaluation. Random assignment of a given treatment, when feasible, may allow for the identification of causal effects, given
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Representing Theories Of Change: Technical Challenges With Evaluation Consequences

Author: Dr Rick Davies, Evaluation Consultant This paper looks at the technical issues associated with the representation of Theories of Change and the implications of design choices for the evaluability of those theories. The focus is on the description of connections between events, rather the events themselves, because this is seen as a widespread design weakness.
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Research Uptake in Policymaking: From Papers to Policy

List of authors: Jennifer Brown, Robert Cartridge, Stacey Davies, Ehtisham ul Hassan, Chui Hsia, Tanvi Lal, Dionne Mackison, Radhika Menon, Marta Moratti, Violet Murunga, Alexis Le Nestour, Lizzy Whitehead This paper is based on discussions which took place during a Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL) workshop entitled ‘Promoting the use of research
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Effectiveness of transportation in LMICs – An Evidence and Gap Map

List of authors: Denny John, Howard White, and tbc The map will cover all forms of transport, such as roads, railways, civil aviation, ports and inland water transport, and urban transport, and also cover a broad range of populations, such as rural and urban, general population, specific population (e.g. women, disabled etc.). The map will
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Effectiveness of Interventions for People with disabilities in LMICs – An Evidence and Gap Map

List of authors: Ashrita Saran, Howard White, Hannah Kuper Over the past decade the academic literature on disability outcomes and effectiveness has grown substantially (Andresen, Lollar, & Meyers, 2000) (Iemmi, et al., 2015) (Devon, Lydon, Healy, & McCoy, 2016). Several important questions have not been adequately addressed, however. For example, what type of evidence is
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Access to Justice for the Poor and Disadvantaged in LMICs – An Evidence and Gap Map

List of authors: Howard White, Ashrita Saran, Jill Adona, Ada Chukwudozie, Roland Bless Taremwa, Benjamin Kachero and tbc Access to justice is defined as the ability of both victims and accused to seek and obtain redress through the formal or informal legal system in an accessible, affordable, timely and just manner, regardless of sex, age,
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Gaps in Evaluation Methods for Addressing Challenging Contexts in Development

List of authors: Davey, C., Hassan, S., Bonell, C., Cartwright, N., Humphreys, M., Prost, A., Hargreaves, J. Abstract: We start this paper by emphasizing that that we currently do not learn as much as we could from evaluations. While there are well-established methods for determining, and understanding, the effects of simpler interventions in one set
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Gaps in Evaluation Methods for Addressing Challenging Contexts in Development

List of authors: Davey, C., Hassan, S., Bonell, C., Cartwright, N., Humphreys, M., Prost, A., Hargreaves, J. Abstract: We currently do not learn as much as we could from evaluations. While there are well-established methods for determining, and understanding, the effects of simple interventions in one set of places, it is less clear how to learn the most
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