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Are leadership and accountability systems the key to delivering increased gender equality in our work?

Itad are about to do a stock take of where we’ve got to in increasing attention to gender issues in our monitoring,...

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IDEAS in Mexico: A new chapter for evaluation?

Itad's Chris Barnett and Rachel Eager have published a chapter 'New Frontiers for Evaluation in a Fast-Changing World'

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Reflections on our experience of DFID’s results agenda

As verifiers of a DFID Results Based Finance programme, ODI’s research on the UK’s results agenda prompted us to reflect...

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Reflections from the IAAH

Christina Atchison and Emma Mulhern reflect on attending the 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health in New Delhi, India

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How much value do Value Added Models provide for the quality of schools?

What value might Value Added Models might bring to developing an accountability measure for school quality in the development...

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What evidence is there for the impact of market systems development?

The strength (or weakness) of evidence to support use of the market systems approach is a topic that always provokes heated...

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‘Not Everybody is Online’…but All Voices Count

Itad's Aoife Murray blogs on the final Making All Voices Count Policy and Practice Dialogue.

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What do we mean by client empowerment in financial inclusion and how do we do it?

At the 2017 SEEP Annual Conference, I had the pleasure to facilitate a session with colleagues from the Mastercard Foundation...

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Issues and challenges of assessing the benefits of capacity development – experiences from the M4D programme in northern Nigeria

It is often argued that good governance is possible only when governing institutions perform to certain standards and that...

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Why is it so hard to measure handwashing with soap?

As Global Handwashing Day approaches, the WASH Results MV team explores the challenges of verifying changes in handwashing...

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Shining a light on Violence against Women and Girls programming…the need for evaluation

In September 2017, we attended the launch of the Spotlight Initiative, an EU and UN multi-year initiative to eliminate...

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What can we learn from the Government Outcomes Lab?

Learning Advisor Catherine Fisher investigates a new research centre on outcomes-based commissioning and finds plenty of...

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Innovation prizes and support to solvers – how much, how little?

Here we discuss the challenges of running innovation prizes for development and the questions around additional support to...

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Measuring progress towards SDGs: a Payment by Results perspective

Attending the 2017 WEDC Conference prompted WASH MVE team members to share their reflections on measuring progress towards...

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What works for social accountability? Findings from DFID’s macro evaluation

I wrote my first blog on DFID’s macro evaluation of its empowerment and accountability project portfolio way back in 2015,...

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Measuring Social Norms on WEE Programmes: Lessons from Itad’s Work in Gender Equality

The role of social norms change in economically empowering women was a hot topic at the SEEP Women’s Economic Empowerment...