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The MasterCard Foundation Savings Learning Partnership Update

The MasterCard Foundation Savings Learning Partnership is a six-year initiative implemented by Itad, in partnership with the SEEP Network. The Partnership’s aim is to support learning among the Foundation’s savings sector portfolio programmes through increased alignment and effectiveness of monitoring and evaluation, and through the generation, synthesis, …

Itad launches new Gender and Empowerment theme

Itad is pleased to announce the launch of a new Gender and Empowerment Theme, led by principal consultant Claire Hughes.

Our decision to launch a theme focused entirely on Gender is significant. We have worked on gender projects for several years but they formed part of our wider Empowerment and Accountability theme, so promoting gender equality didn’t always …

New household data from Ghana project available for re-analysis

Are you looking for an interesting research project where you can undertake your own analysis of existing datasets? If yes, then some of our evaluation data might help!

What

The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) was created to explicitly demonstrate how the Millennium Development Goals could be achieved at the local level, using an integrated and scaled-up set …

New BEAM Exchange platform

As part of our work with the BEAM Exchange, we have launched a new platform for practitioners to share and read stories of challenges to monitoring and results measurement on programmes applying a market systems development approach.

The platform provides a space for programme-to programme learning, to support the community by sharing stories of the challenges …

Adolescents 360 – Baseline Survey Request for Proposals, Ethiopia

Itad is seeking a service provider to conduct a baseline survey for the Adolescent 360 (A360) programme in Ethiopia.

The survey will be undertaken on behalf of Itad, who leads the consortium for the evaluation, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), which leads the outcome evaluation for the programme. More information can found in the …

Adolescents 360 – Baseline Survey Request for Proposals, Tanzania

Itad is seeking a service provider to conduct a baseline survey for the Adolescent 360 (A360) programme in Illemela District in Mwanza Region, Tanzania.

The survey will be undertaken on behalf of Itad, who leads the consortium for the evaluation, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), which leads the outcome evaluation for the programme. …

Adolescents 360 – Baseline Survey Request for Proposals, Nigeria

Itad is seeking a service provider to conduct a baseline survey for the Adolescent 360 (A360) programme in two states of Nigeria.

The survey will be undertaken on behalf of Itad, who leads the consortium for the evaluation, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), which leads the outcome evaluation for the programme. More information can …

Centre for Development Impact Update – Winter 2016

Over the last six months, the Centre for Development Impact (CDI) has continued to contribute to learning and debates about the way we evaluate impact.

Our partnership with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the University of East Anglia (UEA) cuts across disciplines, policy research areas and evaluation silos, and provides a ‘space’ to convene and …

Itad Project Update – Winter 2016

Over the last six months, Itad has continued to secure work across all our themes, through which we can drive more effective use of resources in international development.

We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with OPM on DFID’s Global Evaluation Framework Agreement (GEFA II), and to working on two Dutch Government evaluation frameworks: the …

Itad Knowledge Hub

Itad has created the Knowledge Hub, a new internal team whose aim is to support and strengthen our knowledge, and enable the company to deliver our core values of technical excellence and collaboration and learning.

The hub provides company-wide support for Itad’s learning and knowledge sharing by:

facilitating knowledge sharing and management
acting as …

Itad at the What Works Global Summit 2016

This week Itad’s Rob Lloyd and associate Isabel Vogel will be on a panel at the 2016 What Works Global Summit in London, discussing ‘global perspectives on the use of evidence’.

Using experience from our evaluation of DFID’s BCURE programme, they will present on ‘what works in building capacity for evidence informed policy making’. If you are at the …

Itad at the European Evaluation Society Conference 2016

Itad staff and associates will be at this year’s European Evaluation Society (EES) Conference in Maastricht, the Netherlands, presenting and taking part in workshops on a range of topics.

Mel Punton will share reflections from our realist evaluation of BCURE in a session on ‘Realist Evaluation: Feasibility and Challenges’, and, in conjunction with Sarah …

Itad at SEEP2016

This week, Itad’s Charley Clarke will be at The SEEP Network’s annual conference in Arlington, Virginia, participating in two sessions as part of the ‘Getting and Using the Right Kinds of Evidence’ technical track.

At 11am (UTC) on Tuesday, Charley will be part of a discussion on ‘understanding Systemic Change in Market Systems’, exploring lessons and …

Itad at SOCAP16

This week Itad’s Charley Clarke and Sam McPherson will be at SOCAP16, a conference ‘at the intersection of money and meaning’, exploring how we can help impact investors, social entrepreneurs and others understand how their investments are delivering social impact.

Measuring the impact of impact investing is vital for understanding what works and why, and …

Itad Project Update – Summer 2016

Itad’s themes have started some exciting work on projects with a range of clients this year.

The Health theme is leading an evaluation of UNICEF’s efforts to support scale up of prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and Paediatric HIV care and treatment programs over the past decade. The theme is also implementing the Fifth Monitoring Round …

Brexit

Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, we wish to reconfirm our commitment to working internationally with development organisations within the UK and globally, and in the way we value and employ staff from around the world. There is no change in the status of any Itad projects.

Our focus on helping to ensure that international development …

Centre for Development Impact Update – Summer 2016

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) has been very active over the last six months, publishing several CDI Practice Papers, holding (and attending) seminars and events, and furthering ways to broaden the way we evaluate impact.

We’ve published six CDI Practice Papers, adding to our substantial archive:

Qualitative Comparative Analysis: A Valuable Approach …

Itad joins Social Norms Community of Practice

Itad’s Claire Hughes will be joining a working group of researchers, practitioners, and donors next week in Baltimore for a two-day meeting exploring how social norms change can be facilitated and measured in the field, particularly with regards to gender-based violence.

The overall goal of the working group is to create a community to help researchers and …

How can capacity development promote evidence-informed policy making?

An evaluation team from Itad has been examining how and why different approaches to capacity building for evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) work, for whom, and in which contexts.

The team’s findings are part of a three-year realist impact evaluation of the Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) programme that aims to strengthen the global …

Webinar: Going forwards in circles – adaptive management for complex problems, like climate change

Itad’s Non-Executive Director Julian Barr, held a BRACED webinar in June 2016 to explore flexible and adaptive programming in the complex field of Climate Change.

Development is increasingly dealing with complex problems such as climate change and conflict. Blueprint project plans don’t tend to work in such situations – solutions are more like to emerge …

Itad spends week with Realist Evaluation expert Gill Westhorp

This April, Itad spent an informative and enlightening week with Realist Evaluation (RE) expert, Dr Gill Westhorp. Gill is the Director of Community Matters, a consultancy based in south Australia, and having her here, with her extensive RE experience, provided us with an opportunity to learn and improve our practices and programmes.

Included in the week …

Itad at the 2016 UKES Conference

Itad had lots of representatives at this years’ UK Evaluation Society (UKES) Conference, speaking on a range of subjects from measuring resilience in complex contexts to championing change through evaluation.

Dave Wilson and Robbie Gregorowski reflected on the lessons they are learning on our BRACED project, in particular how they have translated …

How MEL systems provide answers for development in a warming world

This Earth Day, Itad’s Sarah Standley, Robbie Gregorowski, and Dave Wilson reflect on how MEL systems provide answers for development in a warming world in this featured piece on Devex.

They consider applying MEL systems to climate change, the critical importance of accountability, evaluative learning, as well as flexible and adaptive programming.

Find out …

60 Second Interviews

Over the past couple of years, staff from across Itad have been doing 60 Second Interviews.

Not only do they give you a snapshot of our monitoring and evaluation expertise, but also of our project management, human resources and business development functions, the wide variety of backgrounds our staff have (from commercial law to furniture retail!) and the diverse …

Latest CDI Practice Papers Out

The Centre for Development Impact has recently published a series of Practice Papers:

Practice Paper 18 – Reflections from a Realist Evaluation in Progress: Scaling Ladders and Stitching Theory

This CDI Practice Paper, written by Melanie Punton, Isabel Vogel, and Rob Lloyd, reflects on the first year of a three-year realist impact evaluation, examining the …

New Project Highlights

We have started work on many exciting new projects this year.

Our PSD theme is leading an impact assessment of the Dutch Good Growth Fund, as well as a retrospective impact assessment of the Financial Sector Deepening Trust of Tanzania. In a major DFID funded programme, the Business Environment Reform Facility, Itad is responsible for the cross-DFID lesson …

Centre for Development Impact Update

This has been a formative year for the Centre for Development Impact (CDI). We have spent much of the year reflecting on the major global challenges of our time (inequality, insecurity, sustainability) and what this implies for the way we evaluate impact on the poorest and most marginalised.

We have sought to move beyond narrow methodological debates …

New Frontiers for Evaluation Update

Working with Wilton Park, the Centre for Development Impact (CDI) recently co-hosted a major international conference on ‘New Frontiers for Evaluation’ – the IDEAS Global Assembly, happening in Bangkok this week, will also build on these discussions.

Over several decades now, we have seen dramatic shifts in the way in which middle income and low income …

Itad is evolving…again

Itad’s ownership and management has undergone another significant evolution, in line with our long term strategy for the company’s development.

In early October 2015 we implemented a change in Itad’s ownership and at the same time welcomed a private equity investment from Foresight Group. This follows a Management Buyout in 2011 when our founding directors, …

Itad joins the HeforShe global campaign

It is with enormous pleasure that I am able to announce Itad’s affiliation to the global HeforShe campaign, which seeks to mobilise 1 million men and boys around the work to accelerate the achievement of gender equality.

In the words of UNWomen, the creator of the HeforShe campaign, the “HeForShe journey begins with the affirmation that gender equality is not …

Itad begins work to support monitoring, evaluation and learning for the UK Government’s International Climate Fund

Itad, providing monitoring and evaluation expertise, is a core partner in a consortium led by IMC Worldwide delivering multi-year, multi-country support to the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) processes for the International Climate Fund (ICF).

The ICF receives contributions from the Department for International Development (DFID), the Department of …

Webinar – Testing the waters: potentials and pitfalls of using ICTs in the water and sanitation sector

The Making All Voices Count Initiative, in collaboration with WaterAid, IRC and Itad are running a webinar on Tuesday, 8th September, 12:00 GMT.

This webinar brings together the results from two recent studies: a study from the Making All Voices Count Initiative in collaboration with WaterAid, IRC, and Itad that examined the factors of success in rendering water …

Consultant Jessica Rust-Smith’s Conservation Agriculture paper has been published

Itad consultant Jessica Rust-Smith has recently had her work published in the book Conservation Agriculture in Subsistence Farming: Case Studies from South Asia and Beyond (edited by C Chan and J Fantle-Lepczyk, CABI, 2015)

Conservation agriculture (CA) is promoted in developing countries as a means for smallholder farmers to increase crop yields and mitigate the …

WASH Results blog post on “six suggestions” is live

The e-Pact Consortium is finding out through Verifying and Evaluating DFID’s WASH Results Programme. But they are not waiting until 2018, when the programme ends, to pass on what they have discovered to other suppliers, donors and verifiers about how this relatively new funding mechanism works in the WASH sector.

Throughout the programme they will be writing about …

SPARC announce their formal membership to the OECD’s Effective Institutions Platform

SPARC announce their formal membership to the OECD’s Effective Institutions Platform (EIP) www.effectiveinstitutions.org.

SPARC was granted membership on July 24, 2015 based on their track record in working to strengthen the effectiveness of public sector institutions for better service delivery; objectives which the EIP shares. SPARC will collaborate with EIP …

LINEA Webinar: Voices for Change (V4C) Nigeria

Join LINEA for a free webinar on Tuesday 28 July 2015 at 2pm BST. Hosted by the Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA), this collaborative webinar will be presented by Julian Barr (Itad), Emeka Nwankwo (V4C), and Dr Nancy Glass.

Using case studies from programmes in Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia, these presenters will discuss how …

Lewis Husain joins Itad as Associate Consultant

We are pleased to announce that Lewis Husain has become one of our key associates.

Lewis started collaborating with Itad nearly 3 years ago, when he worked with us on supporting our work on developing an M&E framework for NICE international in China and India. He is now working on a number of evaluations with us, including the evaluation of China-UK Global …

Vishal Gadhavi on ‘Graduating from Social Protection’

To eradicate extreme poverty (or ‘leave no-one behind’) requires a practical mix of political and operational tools and resources to realise this ambitious goal.

Itad’s Vishal Gadhavi will be talking at ODI on his recent contribution to the IDS Bulletin ‘Graduating from Social Protection’ on the 10th July at 1pm.

His presentation will cover an example of …

Itad announces new Associate Directors

Itad is pleased to announce we have appointed two new associate directors, Rob Lloyd and Robbie Gregorowski. Both Rob and Robbie have been promoted from within the company. They will work closely with the management team across a variety of cross organisational initiatives – covering both internal and external facing aspects of itads’ work.

Rob joined Itad in …

Itad Volleyball 2015

As part of Active Sussex’s Workplace Challenge, Itad’s volleyball team has now taken part in 2 volleyball tournaments during April and May 2015.

Although we entered the April tournament with very little practice, we won and lost an equal amount of matches in the first round and squeezed through to the second by a matter of points! Having just made it through, …

Larry Gelmon joins Itad as an Associate Consultant

We are pleased to announce that Larry Gelmon has become one of our key associates.

Larry started collaborating with Itad nearly 3 years ago, when he lead the team supporting the development of a business case for a new DFID regional HIV prevention programme in Southern Africa. He is now working on a number of evaluations with us, including the multiyear …

Itad’s Evaluation of Denmark’s Humanitarian Strategy Published

Itad has just completed an evaluation of Denmark’s humanitarian strategy, covering the period 2010-2015. The synthesis report together with case study reports for South Sudan, Afghanistan and the Syria crisis are now available on the Itad website.

Nick Chapman becomes key associate

We are pleased to announce that Nick Chapman has become one of our key associates.

Nick has had a long association with Itad, being one of the first external consultants we contracted after setting up in 1984. He has worked with us on many projects over the last 30 years, including our Retrospective Review of Rockefeller Foundation’s Rice Biotechnology Program …

Capacity Development 2.0 – Webinar

What’s the latest thinking on capacity development? What roles (if any) can social media and new digital tools play? Our work on these issues has led us to propose a new conceptual framework: Capacity Development 2 or CD2.

This framework isn’t about replacing ‘traditional’ capacity development activities with digital tools and tweeting about it. …

IHP+ 2014 Report on Effective Development Cooperation in Health published

Itad, as part of a consortium led by Hera, was contracted by IHP+ to deliver the 2014 round of monitoring on effective development cooperation.

24 countries and 37 development partners participated, and for the first time, monitoring and reporting was led by Ministries of Health and coordinated nationally – with the aim of strengthening the accountability for …

Itad’s Mid-Term Review of the Ethiopian Civil Society Support Programme Published

Itad’s mid-term review of the Ethiopian Civil Society Support Programme is now available on our website.

Taking place between May and August 2014, the review was designed to provide an independent assessment of the performance and progress of the programme to date.

Tim Ruffer on BEAM Exchange Webinar

Itad’s Tim Ruffer will be contributing to a BEAM Exchange webinar on how market systems programmes are attributing change to their interventions. The webinar will take place on 12 March 2015, 10-11am GMT.

Tim will be giving a conceptual introduction to a 3-step framework  to measuring and attributing change in market systems. He will be joined by consultants …

Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of grant holders and service providers of DFID’s Forest Governance, Markets and Climate (FGMC) has just taken place. Hosted by CIDT, at the Telford Campus of University of Wolverhampton, and facilitated by CIDT and Itad with Triple Line, the three day session (5-7th January) started the year on a positive note.

Some 70 people gathered from a …

Reflections on 2014

2014 has been a very successful year for Itad across our thematic areas of technical work, we are celebrating our 30 years as a company, and we are in the midst of infrastructure upgrades that will improve our office space.

We continue our success with DFID’s Global Evaluation Framework Agreement (GEFA), and as co-lead on the e-Pact consortia – we have been …

Assessing aid impacts revisited: results measurement in Norwegian aid

Itad’s Rob Lloyd and Espen Villanger reflect on the role of Norad’s Evaluation Department in explaining the lack of results documentation in Norway’s aid assessments in the Journal of Development Effectiveness.

To read the article, please visit the journal’s website, here.

To read about the original project, visit our project page, for the original …

Rethinking Impact Evaluation for Development

The new IDS Bulletin Rethinking Impact Evaluation for Development is the first of two bulletins which build on the event Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future, at which the Centre for Development Impact was launched in March 2013.

Issuing a ‘rallying cry’ for impact evaluation to rise to the challenges of a …

Itad & CMI Training for Peace Report Published

Itad, in partnership with Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), conducted an evaluation of the Norwegian Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme.

The main focus was an impact assessment of the programme’s training component, with a focus on the training of police. The team comprised Elling Tjonneland (TL), Chris Albertyn and Torunn Wimpelmann from CMI and Anna …

Itad begins work on an evaluation of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron

Itad has been contracted by Norad to conduct the first ever evaluation of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH). We have composed a team of two international consultants, one Palestinian and one Israeli, to conduct this evaluation of the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability, risk management and coherence of the TIPH.

For …

Itad staff enter the Oxfam Emergency Challenge 2014

This October, two teams from Itad will be braving the Oxfam Emergency Challenge. The challenge is designed to simulate disaster situations similar to those Oxfam responds to worldwide and our teams will work through challenges that test both fitness and resilience. Strategic, physical and mental challenges including running, cycling, map reading and puzzles, all …

Itad wins Norwegian Evaluation of the Year

Itad, with Norwegian partner CMI, have been awarded the Evaluation of the Year at the Evaluation Conference 2014 in Bergen, Norway for the study ‘Can we demonstrate the difference that Norwegian Aid makes?’ The awarding jury felt that the evaluation showed scientific understanding, an appreciation of the societal context, innovation and good communication.

In …

Forthcoming event: Public Presentation of Itad’s Evaluation of Finland’s Support to Peace & Development in Fragile States

Tuesday 19th August 2014, Säätytalo, Sali 3, Helsinki

Jon Bennett and David Fleming will be presenting Itad’s synthesis report of Finland’s global support to peace & development in fragile states, focusing on case studies in Afghanistan, Palestine, Western Balkans and Ethiopia. The presentation will include a summary of the main evaluation findings as …

Event Summary: Investing in Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Tuesday 8th July 2014, Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral
Report: http://www.bond.org.uk/investing-in-mel

A three-hour event was held to discuss the findings and implications of the research study:
‘Investing in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning: issues for NGOs to consider’. This was
commissioned by the Department for International Development (DfID), …

Itad’s 30th Anniversary

Itad kicks off it’s 30th Anniversary celebrations with a blog from Co-Chairman Dane Rogers, reflecting on his experiences since joining the company and how it has evolved.

As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, we will be running a number of blog articles over the next few months, in which we’ll be looking at some highlights from our back catalogue, …

Itad Announces New Senior Management Team

Itad is proud to announce the appointment of its new Senior Management Team. We are refreshing our approach to management through a clear allocation of leadership roles and a more structured delegation of management responsibilities across the company.

All Senior Management Team members will be focused on providing leadership in the areas outlined below. We have …

Itad begins work on a Culture & Development M&E Framework for the British Council

Itad is developing a Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Framework to begin measuring the British Council’s Culture and Development Strategy – looking at how and in what ways culture can contribute to development outcomes like behaviour change, inclusive institutions, and wellbeing. The British Council believes that culture contributes to the building of peaceful, …

Itad begins work on the Evaluation of Accountability in Tanzania (AcT) Programme

Itad has been awarded the contract to conduct the final evaluation of the high profile Accountability in Tanzania (AcT) programme, funded by DFID and managed by KPMG. The evaluation, which will run from June to December 2014, will be looking in detail at the impact that the programme has had, particularly the effect of the innovative approaches that have been piloted …

Itad begins work on Better Assessing Value for Money in DFID Ethiopia Programming

Itad has been contracted to do a value for money (VfM) assignment for DFID Ethiopia.

The work is in two parts, firstly developing a VfM framework for the suite of human development programmes, which covers health, education and WASH, with a total budget of just under £500m. The second part of the work will involve taking the VfM framework and undertaking a …

BOND Study Published

BOND has just published a study, written by Itad,  which is focused on better understanding the costs to NGOs of measuring and evaluating development programmes.

This study was commissioned by Comic Relief, DFID, Big Lottery Fund, NIDOS and Bond to address the lack of evidence available to support NGOs working in international development in deciding what …

Millennium Villages Impact Evaluation – Baseline Summary Report

Itad’s Chris Barnett has co-authored the Baseline Report for Millennium Villages independent Impact Evaluation in Ghana.

For more information please click here.

Itad Awarded Grant to Provide Targeted Support to the Rockefeller Foundation on Resilience

Itad has been awarded a grant to support the Rockefeller Foundation’s Resilience Team integrate and advance resilience thinking into the Foundation’s initiative  design and implementation.

Working closely with the Rockefeller Foundation’s Initiative teams and grantees across a range of sectors, Itad will develop new knowledge products on specific resilience …

Rockefeller Funding for CDI

We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Development Impact have been awarded funding from the Rockefeller Foundation to help expand the work of the Centre. We are collaborating with the Foundation’s evaluation department on ways to improve the consideration of impacts at the start of the grantee process.

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) is a is a …

Review of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches in DCED Top Ten

Itad’s Review of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches, prepared by Tim Ruffer and Elise Wach for DFID, has been placed in the ‘Top Ten Visited Entries on the DCED Value Chains Database in 2013.’ Please click here for more information about the report and here to see the full list.

2013’s New Win Highlights

This year, we have won and are leading a number of exciting multi-year evaluations through DFID’s Global Evaluation Framework (GEFA), DFID’s new central framework for contracting most of its evaluation work. Some of these include an Evaluation Management Unit for FoodTrade East & Southern Africa, Assessing Value for Money in DFID’s Health Portfolio across …

Our VfM Portfolio updates

Value for Money advice continues to be an important part of our portfolio. We have undertaken a number of interesting pieces of work this year, that continue to evolve our thinking on this area, as well as that of our clients.

Early in the year, we completed our study ‘Better Assessing VFM in DFID Nigeria Governance and Conflict Programming’; this developed a …

Evaluation Methodologies for Aid in Conflict

Itad’s Chris Barnett has co-authored Chapter 3 of forthcoming book ‘Evaluation Methodologies for Aid in Conflict’, which is part of the Routledge Explorations in Development Studies series.

Chris’s chapter is entitled  ‘Critical reflections on the South Sudan evaluation of conflict and peacebuilding activities’. For more information, please visit the Routledge …

Itad begins work on the Monitoring & Evaluation of the Nepal Rural Access Programme

Itad is managing the independent Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Unit (MEL Unit) of the third phase of the Nepal Rural Access Programme (RAP).

The MEL Unit is supporting the RAP team by measuring progress against set benchmarks and milestones, undertaking an impact evaluation of the investments made by RAP, and conducting thematic studies to review the …

Itad report published as a DFID Working Paper

Itad has recently completed a review of M4P evaluation methods and approaches for DFID. This report has now been published as a DFID Working Paper.

The report presents the findings of a study to critically review the methods used to evaluate M4P programmes and thereby help guide the design and implementation of future evaluations.

Itad’s Pink Day Raises Money for Breast Cancer Campaign

On Thursday 24th October 2013, Itad held our very first ‘Wear it Pink’ Day to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign.

Everyone who was in the office got involved and wore pink to work, and Tom Hilton won ‘Best Dressed’ in his Pink Pig Onesie (see below!).

We held a pink-tastic bake sale, which featured a multitude of goodies, including pizza, …

Itad’s Evaluation of Budget Support to Tanzania presented in Brussels

An Itad team recently presented the findings of an important evaluation of budget support to Tanzania. The report was presented in Brussels on 15 October 2013.

A report of the presentation is available here. Further information about the evaluation is available on our website here.

Itad begins work providing M&E support to DFID’s Business Innovation Fund (BIF2)

Itad is providing strategic Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) services for DFID’s Business Innovation Facility (BIF2) programme, which is being implemented by PwC.

Itad is developing and rolling out the M&E framework, training local teams how to use the framework and providing ongoing strategic direction and support.

Itad begins work for the MacArthur Foundation on oil governance

Itad is developing a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for the MacArthur Foundation’s grantmaking in oil governance in the Great Lakes region.

The aim is to produce a simple and feasible M&E framework that can capture progress and learning from the Foundation’s investments in oil governance. We are making recommendations for monitoring and …

Itad begins work on an impact evaluation of peace and community safety in Somalia and Somaliland

Itad is leading a rigorous impact evaluation of the Danish Demining Group (DDG) Peace and Community Safety Programme in Somalia and Somaliland.

We are currently conducting a study to determine whether either a randomised control trial or a quasi-experimental evaluation of the programme will be feasible.

Itad begins work on Evaluation of Peace and Development in Finland’s Development Cooperation

Itad is leading this first large, thematic evaluation of Finnish Development Cooperation focusing on the peace, security and development nexus.

We are leading a large team of international and regional experts specialised in security and justice, governance, capacity building and economic development.

Read more about the project here.

Itad begins work assessing Value for Money in DFID’s health portfolio across states in India

Itad is leading an evaluation to assess the overall impact and value for money (VFM) of three DFID health sector budget programmes in India.

The evaluation will allow DFID to better understand how sector budget programmes are demonstrating delivery of VFM, what it is achieving with the money it spends and how VFM might be improved.

Itad begins work on an evaluation for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of capacity development

Itad is undertaking a desk review of the meta evaluation of the GEF Enabling Activities for use of Capacity Development (CD) 2.0.

Itad is reviewing the meta-evaluation of the GEF Enabling Activities to determine how, if at all, CD 2.0 approaches and tools have been employed under this modality. Itad is then defining a framework for GEF CD 2.0 and synthesising …

Itad completes evaluation of budget support in Tanzania

Itad has completed the evaluation of budget support in Tanzania and the final report has been released. Between 2005/06 and 2011/12, 14 Development Partners collectively provided almost US$5 billion in budget support to Tanzania.

The overarching objective of this support was to assist the Government of Tanzania in strengthening its policies, strategies, and …

Itad begins work on an evaluation of EC Support to gender equality and women’s empowerment in partner countries

Itad is leading an evaluation of EU support to gender equality and women’s empowerment globally.

The evaluation involves a desk review of wide-ranging literature on country strategies, programmes and projects to generate evaluation hypotheses, which are then tested through key informant interviews, web surveys, an institutional review and 11 country case studies.

Itad begins the evaluation of FoodTrade East & Southern Africa

Itad has begun a wide-ranging longitudinal evaluation of FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (FoodTrade).  FoodTrade is a DFID-funded five year trade enhancement and promotion programme, with a focus on staple food crops.

Read more about the project and our approach here.

Itad begins work on the Private Enterprise Programme Ethiopia (PEPE)

Itad is providing strategic monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and results management services to the UK Department for International Development’s Private Enterprise Programme, Ethiopia (PEPE).

PEPE is a seven year programme which aims to support private sector development by improving firms’ access to finance and addressing market and government failures in …

Multi-donor evaluation of budget support in Mozambique

Itad is leading this multi-donor evaluation of budget support in Mozambique, contracted by the European Commission.

Itad is partnering with Fiscus (UK) and MB Consulting (Mozambique) for the evaluation. The objective of this evaluation is to assess to what extent the General Budget Support and Sector Budget Support in Mozambique achieved its expected …

New recruits

Itad is delighted to announce the recruitment of three new consultants to join our growing team.

Thomas Hilton has joined to support our rapidly growing portfolio of work in Private Sector Development and Markets. Before joining Itad, Tom helped to set up Gap Capital Ltd, a private investment venture focused on supporting fledgling African agribusinesses to …

Empowerment and Accountability Theme Group

Itad has launched an Empowerment and Accountability Theme Group to spearhead its growing portfolio in this area.

Itad is already engaged in a diverse set of empowerment and accountability interventions, including the State Accountability and Voice Initiative and Voices for Change, both in Nigeria, as well as evaluations of the Tilitonse Grant Fund in Malawi and …

Itad begins M&E work for DFID’s Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Programme

Itad is leading a contract to monitor and evaluate DFID’s 250 million pound programme aimed at tackling forest governance failures in developing timber-producing countries.

We are working in partnership with Triple Line Consulting to scrutinise the overarching M&E framework for the programme, conduct a series of annual reviews globally and engage with FGMC …

Itad begins work on an evaluation of Norway’s Training for Peace Programme

Itad is working with Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI) to evaluate this programme, with a particular focus on conducting a tracer study to assess the impact of the training component.

We are also assessing the cost effectiveness of the programme’s training component, mapping the programme logic and its underlying assumptions, analysing the programme’s relevance, …

Itad begins an evaluation of UNICEF’s Monitoring Results for Equity System (MoRES) Approach

Itad is leading an evaluation to support continuing efforts across UNICEF to articulate, develop and mainstream the MoRES approach.

The evaluation will help sharpen the coherence, methods, and tools of the MoRES approach to UNICEF programming and policies. More widely, we will aim to show how far the adoption of MoRES is beginning to contribute to improve the …

Itad begins work for AusAID to conduct a review of their 2012 operational evaluations

Itad is conducting a review of AusAID’s 2012 evaluations to address a need to improve the quality of its evidence in measuring the effectiveness of its aid.

We are conducting a review of the quality of all independent evaluations commissioned by AusAID in 2012 to identify common strengths, weaknesses and patterns; as well as a synthesis evaluation of a sample of …

Itad begins an evaluation of DFID’s Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme (HIEP)

Itad is leading the evaluation of this new joint initiative between DFID’s policy, operations and research departments.

The aim of the programme is to improve humanitarian outcomes by increasing the quality, quantity and use of evidence in decision-making, and catalysing and bringing to scale major innovations in humanitarian practice.

Itad begins an evaluation of a DFID cash transfers pilot in Northern Nigeria

Itad is working on an evaluation of a five year cash transfer pilot in Northern Nigeria to determine its impact on household food security and child nutrition.

We are using a mixed methods approach including in-depth contextual analysis, a process evaluation, a randomised control trial and a qualitative longitudinal cohort study to generate a rigorous measure of …

Itad begins an evaluation of the Norwegian Aid Administration’s systems and practices to ensure evaluability of Norwegian grants

Itad is leading an evaluation to assess the Norwegian aid administration’s internal processes and systems for measuring and demonstrating results of Norwegian funded interventions.

We are reviewing Norad and the MFA’s current internal processes and systems for results measurement, reviewing the level of support staff receive to ensure evaluability, using process …

Itad begins work on evaluating the MacArthur Foundation’s Grantmaking in Human Rights and International Justice

Itad has begun an evaluation of the MacArthur Foundation’s Past 10 Years of Grantmaking in Human Rights and International Justice (HRIJ) in Nigeria.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded Itad the contract to carry out both a backwards-looking and forwards-looking evaluation of the last 10 Years of its Grantmaking in Human Rights and …

2012 – a year in review

2012 was a successful year for us. As the focus on results, transparency and value for money has percolated through the wider development community, so demand for our core services in monitoring and evaluation has increased.

We initiated or completed over thirty evaluations in 2012, including the impact evaluations of the Millennium Village Programme in Ghana, the …

Partnership with IDS – Centre for Development Impact

CDI is a new joint initiative that cements the IDS and Itad partnership.

The Centre for Development Impact will contribute to learning and innovation in the field of impact evaluation. The Centre aims to improve the assessment of impact on the poor, particularly through the use of appropriate, mixed method, and robust evaluation designs.

IDS brings a wide range …

AusAID, Aid Advisory Services Standing Offer

Itad have been selected as a nominated supplier of monitoring and evaluation services to AusAID under the new Aid Advisory Services Standing Offer.

The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) manages Australia’s overseas aid program and assists developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia’s …

Itad has been awarded the contract to evaluate the EU co-operation strategy with Yemen

Itad has been contracted to evaluate the EU co-operation strategy with Yemen and its implementation during the period 2002-2012, as well as feed lessons and recommendations into the next long term programming strategy in 2015.

Read the full project description here.

Munirat Ogunlayi re-joins Itad as the Deputy Team Leader on the Voices for Change (V4C) programme in Nigeria

Munirat Ogunlayi is an experienced international development consultant with more than 12 years of leadership experience developing, leading and managing large, complex multi-million pound development programme at country and multi-country levels.

She re-joins Itad as the Deputy Team Leader on the Voices for Change (V4C) programme in Nigeria. V4C is a 5 year DFID …