List of authors: Phillips, D., Coffey, C., Tsoli, S., Stevenson, J., Waddington, H., Eyers, J., Snilstveit, B.
Over the last decade, there has been an increase in the number of impact evaluations and systematic reviews published on development interventions in low- and middle-income countries. This growth has created new challenges for ensuring that existing evidence is accessible to decision makers, that new studies avoid duplication, and that evidence gaps are addressed. In response, researchers, governments and NGOs are increasingly investing in evidence mapping exercises. The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Sightsavers and the International Rescue Committee are some of many that have published evidence maps.
This report summarises the findings of a map of evidence maps designed to catalogue evidence maps relating to development interventions in low- and middle-income countries. It uses a modified version of the 3ie evidence gap map methodology to identify, categorise and display evidence maps within a framework of intervention sectors adapted from the World Bank’s categorisation and outcomes classified according to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report summarises the evidence gap map’s scope and methodology and describes the trends and characteristics of the body of evidence maps that we found. It also offers some recommendations for future directions in the production of evidence maps.
This map of evidence maps can be found here: http://gapmaps.3ieimpact.org/evidence-maps/map-maps