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Itad at Evaluation 2019

We’ll be at ‘Paths to the future of evaluation’, this year’s American Evaluation Association conference, in Minneapolis from 11 to 16 November.

With colleagues from across the world, we’ll be leading sessions and joining discussions on this year’s theme of building the future of evaluation practice. We’ll share insights from across the breadth of our …

Resilience Insights: Lessons from the Global Resilience Partnership

A new Itad and Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) report explores the latest evidence on how resilience approaches are helping some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people to move from protracted and recurrent crises to longer-term sustainable development. With insights from across the breadth of GRP, this evidence will be used to inform future …

Itad at SAMEA 2019

Itad will be at this year’s South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) Conference – held in Gauteng, South Africa, from the 21st to 25th October 2019.

We have co-organised the Climate Change and Resilience strand at this year’s conference, in conjunction with WFP and Genesis Analytics. The strand will look at the big picture of climate change in …

Itad at SEEP 2019

Join us at this years’ SEEP Conference where we’ll be reflecting on some of our work with the Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab.

Itad’s James Robinson will be joined by our Savings Learning Lab partners from the Scale2Save and Savings at the Frontier programmes –  Access Bank Ghana Plc (Matilda Asante-Asiedu), First City Monument Bank Limited …

Itad wins IDEAS award for influence

We are delighted to announce that an Itad-led team has won the IDEAS award for influence for our evaluation of Transformational Change in the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

The evaluation was a highly complex undertaking and the result of nearly a year’s work from the evaluation team. This team was led by Itad but included leading consultants from ICF …

Itad at IDEAS 2019

This week Itad will be at the 2019 IDEAS Global Assembly, held in Prague, Czech Republic, where will be discussing our work in two sessions.

Bara Sladvoka will be taking part in a panel on ‘Applying Realist Evaluation to assess Transformative Change of climate change interventions – what has worked, how, in what contexts and for whom’ she will be joined by …

Building resilience from BRACED to BRACED X: final findings published

After four years as part of the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme Knowledge Manager consortium, and an additional year working on sustainability through BRACED-X, Itad is proud to announce the publication of our final synthesis reports, ‘Routes to Resilience: Insights from BRACED to BRACED-X’ and ‘Resilience …

Dave Wilson to speak at Building a Resilient Future

Dave Wilson, Principal Consultant and Climate Change theme lead at Itad, will co-host a session at Building a Resilient Future this weekend in New York. This event is a part of the Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change programme of the Climate Week in New York City.

Convened by the Global Resilience Partnership and sponsored by the United Kingdom’s …

Itad joins Global Climate Strike

On Friday 20th September 2019, staff from across Itad will join thousands of others in a global climate strike, marching through Brighton to call on those in positions of power to acknowledge our climate crisis and take action to create a better world.

Supporting staff to join the global climate strike is part of Itad’s wider commitment to mainstreaming …

Itad at SOCAP19

This October, we’ll be at SOCAP19 – the flagship conference of Social Capital Markets, a network of ‘investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions’. We have convened an expert panel to discuss the importance of independent verification in impact management.

Our panel will …

Itad to open new US office in Washington, DC

In September 2019, Itad will open a new office in Washington, DC. Our US office will build on our 35 years of experience delivering results in development from our UK headquarters and will give us the opportunity to better work with partners in the US and Canada.

This next step in our evolution will allow us to respond to the needs of our partners in North America …

Itad at UKES 2019

We’re looking forward to the UK Evaluation Society (UKES) Conference this week, which this year centres around the theme of diversity within the evaluation field.

Several Itad staff and associates will be at the conference this year to share insights from our projects.

15th May

4.45pm, Room Two – Health theme lead Ellie Brown will explore our …

First GPE 2020 country-level prospective evaluation reports published

The first set of annual country reports for our prospective evaluation of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) have been published. The reports form part of a global evaluation led by Universalia, under which 22 summative evaluations and eight three-year prospective country-level evaluations are being conducted between 2017 and 2020.

Covering the Democratic …

Podcast: Learning from evaluating HCD field work

Itad’s Stefanie Wallach joined Tiffany Franke on the Adolescents Insights group podcast series (made for the HCD Exchange) to reflect on our work evaluating Human-Centred Design (HCD) projects.

Stefanie shared learnings from our HCD evaluations, how they differ from traditional evaluations, the tools and approaches we’ve found effective and how the work of our …

New lessons from Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab partners

Partners from the Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab have recently shared lessons from their work in financial inclusion and savings groups.

Savings and Retail Banking in Africa – Results from 2018 WSBI member bank survey – WSBI’s first annual report from 2018 encompasses primary data research gathered from the Institution’s African membership, …

Itad to discuss Global Mine Action Programme evaluation

Itad’s Tom Gillhespy will be at the 22nd International Meeting of Mine Action National Directors and United Nations Advisers (NDM-UN) in Geneva this week. NDM-UN is an annual meeting where mine action stakeholders meet to discuss emerging issues, and exchange best practices and lessons learned.

At a side event on Thursday 7th February, Tom will present our work …

Evaluating CIF’s contribution to transformational change – new report launched

Itad’s Sam McPherson will be at ‘The Power of 10: Shaping the Future of Climate Action’ in Ouarzazate, Morocco, on 28th and 29th January. Sam will be with other members of the evaluation team, including Matthew Savage, the technical lead.

Organised by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) as part of their celebration of 10 years of climate action, the event …

Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education

Our Education Lead, Rachel Outhred, has co-authored a chapter in the UNESCO Institute of Statistic’s recent handbook on measuring equity in education.

The handbook shows how countries can measure the education progress of the most marginalized populations to ensure no one is left behind. Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) calls for inclusive and equitable …

Itad presents Millennium Villages Impact Evaluation findings with senior policy-makers from Northern Ghana

The Millennium Villages Impact Evaluation (MVEval) will be presenting its findings of the DFID-funded SADA Millennium Villages Project in Northern Ghana to a gathering of senior policy-makers in Accra on Monday 12 November 2018. The event is one of several the evaluation team is undertaking in-country to share insights and lessons on how strategies to reduce poverty …

Strategic Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Partnership with Gatsby Africa

Itad is pleased to announce a new learning partnership with Gatsby Africa (Gatsby).

Gatsby’s work aims to facilitate economic growth and catalyse large-scale and lasting change in priority sectors, such as cotton in Tanzania. The learning partnership will help Gatsby to strengthen their Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning capacity across the organisation and …

Webinar: Navigating the Evidence on Savings-Focused Financial Inclusion

30th October, 13.00 GMT

Join us for the official launch of the Savings Evidence Map with an interactive demonstration on how to access and navigate the Map and make sense of the most recent evidence on savings initiatives.

As part of the Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab, Itad and The SEEP Network developed a searchable, interactive evidence map that …

Statement on the impact evaluation of the Millennium Villages Project

An independent impact evaluation of a Millennium Villages Project (MVP) covering 35 villages in Northern Ghana was led by Itad in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Participatory Development Associates Ghana (PDA Ghana).

The Millennium Villages in Northern Ghana Impact Evaluation (MVEval) was funded by the UK Department for …

Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning Conference 2018

How are we Measuring up to the Resilience Challenge?

The first-ever conference of the Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning Community of Practice (CoP), with its sponsors and partners, will bring together RMEL innovators and experts from across disciplines, sectors and geographies; their common passion is generating robust knowledge which enables …

Itad expands leadership team

As Itad continues to grow and evolve its offer and client base, we have expanded our leadership team to include eight partners who will lead on the delivery of our work across our technical areas and provide a more bespoke and focussed service for our clients.

Our partners are:

Tim Ruffer, who will become Managing Partner and oversee the implementation of …

Itad at EES 2018

Join us this week at the European Evaluation Society (EES) Biennial conference, where several members of the Itad team will present work from a variety of our projects.

Wednesday 3rd October

10am, Olympias room. In a session on resilient climate change, Clare Stott will reflect on our work with the Global Resilience Partnership and unpack how evaluation can be …

Email issues 28th Sept – 2nd Oct

Due to a technical issue we have experienced problems receiving e-mails since Friday 28th September at approximately 17:30 (BST).

Although the majority of e-mails are now reaching us, we are aware of some ongoing intermittent issues.  If you have sent an e-mail to someone at Itad since that time then it may not have been received. Please re-send your e-mail if …

Itad at Stockholm Evaluation Week 2018

Itad’s Tim Ruffer was at Stockholm Evaluation Week (SEW), which this year centred around the theme of ‘Evaluation Capacity Development’.

Tim presented findings from our evaluation of Sida’s management of Market Systems Development(MSD) projects.  The evaluation was commissioned with two purposes: (i) to provide recommendations for improvements to …

Itad evaluation offers verdict on Millennium Village Project in Northern Ghana

A major new report, published by Itad on 18th September 2018, details the findings from our five-year evaluation of the DFID-funded Millennium Village Project in Northern Ghana.

Findings were mixed, with positive impacts found in the areas of education, health, and hygiene – however, we found that significant progress was not made overall on reducing levels of …

AVANTI launch

Join us Tuesday 11th September, when, with our partners Helvetas and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), we will officially launch AVANTI – Advancing Knowledge for Agricultural Impact.

AVANTI is an innovative, new IFAD programme that aims to strengthen the ability of national governments to report against the SDGs in the agricultural …

Theme update – summer 2018

It’s been a busy start to 2018. Here, each of our technical themes gives us a quick insight into what their highlights have been so far…

 

Education theme continues to grow

Over the past six months, Itad’s Education theme has welcomed Maria Pomes-Jimenez as a principal consultant and Ignacio Torrano as an analyst. As a team, we are working on a …

Project update – summer 2018

This year, Itad’s technical themes have started work across varied and interesting projects. Read on to find out more…

Itad’s Climate Change theme is implementing an evaluation for the World Bank-funded Climate Investment Fund (CIF) to examine the Transformational Change Learning Partnership undertaken by CIF’s Evaluation and Learning Initiative. The aim …

Itad launches new Impact Investing and Innovative Finance theme

Itad is pleased to announce the formal launch of a new Impact Investing and Innovative Finance Theme, led by principal consultant Charley Clarke.

Our decision to launch a theme focused entirely on Impact Investing and Innovative Finance is in response to emerging trends and challenges in international development. It is estimated that investment in developing …

Webinar: Nigeria turns Purple! Innovative approaches to creating and measuring social norms change: experience from V4C in Nigeria

Thu, May 31, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM BST

Voices for Change (V4C) sought to strengthen the enabling environment for young women’s empowerment in Nigeria. It did this by taking a norms marketing approach to inspire young people’s attitudinal and behaviour change towards women’s role in household decision-making, women’s leadership, and violence against women …

Itad at the 2018 UK Evaluation Society Conference

Several Itad staff members will be at the 2018 UK Evaluation Society (UKES) conference, which this year is framed around the evaluation cycle, considering the demand for, supply and use of evidence from evaluations.

Spanning the 2nd and 3rd of May, the conference will be opened by Itad Non-Executive Director and current UKES President, Julian Barr.

On …

Capturing Learning in Global Health: Reflections from Itad’s Health Portfolio

Thursday 19th of April 2018 14.45 – 18.00 Itad, Preece House, Brighton

Itad leads a dynamic and exciting portfolio of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) work for global health, spanning the globe. Through our work as learning partners with key development funders and implementers, we are directly putting results into impact. In the past 5 …

The Norwegian Aid Administration’s Practice of Results-Based Management

Itad Associate Director Rob Lloyd was in Oslo on 9th March 2018 talking about our evaluation of the Norwegian Aid Administration’s Practice of Results-Based Management.

The focus of this evaluation, commissioned by the independent evaluation department in Norad and conducted with the Chr. Michelsen Institute, was to understand how RBM works in practice within …

Itad at SG2018: The Power of Savings Groups

As part of our work with the Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab, Itad is a conference partner at SG2018: The Power of Savings Groups in Rwanda this May.

Convened by one of the Savings Learning Lab partners, the SEEP Network, the conference is a platform for attendees to connect, engage and learn from each other about the challenges and opportunities they …

Itad at the DCED-BEAM seminar

Itad’s Mollie Liesner, James Robinson and Edward Hedley will be joining policy makers, funders and practitioners to discuss results measurement and market systems development at an upcoming DCED-BEAM seminar in Nairobi.

Drawing on their work from across our Private Sector Development, Markets and Trade theme, they will be presenting in four sessions:

Mollie …

Routes to resilience: Insights from BRACED year 2

BRACED projects cover a wide range of issues, from securing, servicing and promoting trans-border livestock mobility across the Sahel, to sharing skills and technology to improve the uptake of climate information in Ethiopia, to supporting smallholder farmers in Nepal to take advantage of economic opportunities and investments in climate-smart technologies.

Itad, …

Project update – Winter 2017

Our technical themes have started work across varied and interesting projects over the last six months, here we look at some of the highlights.

Climate change theme broadens work on measuring resilience

Itad’s Climate Change theme are conducting a Strategic Evaluation of the World Food Programme’s Support for Enhanced Resilience. Through this evaluation, we …

Theme updates – Winter 2017

It’s been a busy 2017 across the company. Here, each of our technical themes gives us a quick insight into what their highlights have been.

BRACED team publish two new papers

The members of the Climate Change theme working on BRACED have spent the last 6 months analysing and synthesising qualitative evidence from year 2 of the programme. The findings have …

Centre for Development Impact Update – Winter 2017

The past six months have seen some exciting changes at the Centre for Development Impact (CDI).

We welcomed our new director, Giel Ton, who, as a research fellow at IDS brings with him significant experience in the design of mixed-methods impact evaluations in agricultural value chains and private-sector development, and new deputy director, Rachel Eager, who, as …

Itad at the Joint Evaluation Conference

The Itad team are excited to be attending the Joint Evaluation Conference in Guanajuato, Mexico, organised by ReLAC, REDLACME and IDEAS.

The theme of the conference is ‘Evaluation for the Sustainable Development Goals: transforming life through global and regional partnerships’, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Itad’s Vicky Sword-Daniels …

Collaborative Resilience Evidence and Action in Cities

Itad, in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) and Slum Dwellers International (SDI) has been awarded a grant to explore resilience planning processes within cities. The project will pilot ways to strengthen the connections between city-level resilience planning and slum dwellers through integrating SDI’s Know Your City data into the 100RC Resilience …

Itad at 15th annual Development and Climate days

Itad’s Vicky Sword-Daniels and Robbie Gregorowski will be at the 15th annual Development and Climate days event at COP23 held alongside the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany. More than 300 policymakers, researchers and development practitioners are expected to attend the two-day event, which has the theme ‘Global ambition. Local action. Climate resilience for …

Itad at American Evaluation 2017

Itad’s Rob Lloyd and Andrew McConnochie are at the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference, where they will be joining in discussions around the conference theme of ‘from learning to action’.

Rob will be leading two sessions on Friday 10th November:

At 11am in Madison B room, he will be sharing insights from our impact evaluation of DFID’s …

The role of evidence in a changing world

Many citizens (especially in Africa and Asia) have been left behind by the growing global economy and technological innovation. This rising inequality is further advanced by conflict, insecurity and migration.
In the US, UK and Europe – especially following the Brexit vote and the Trump presidency – we have seen the policy space polarised with an increasing …

SG2018: The Power of Savings Groups

As part of our work with the Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab, Itad is supporting SG2018: The Power of Savings Groups, convened by The SEEP Network.

SG2018 will take place in Rwanda, from the 22nd to the 24th May, and will offer a platform for attendees to connect, engage and learn from each other about the challenges and opportunities they face in …

GPSA webinar: What works for social accountability? Findings from DFID’s Macro Evaluation

4th October, 3pm BST.

In 2014 DFID commissioned Itad, through the e‑Pact consortium, to undertake a macro evaluation of its Empowerment and Accountability policy frame, which came into effect in 2011. The analysis focussed on social accountability approaches to E&A and worked to generate learning from DFID’s project portfolio about what works, for whom, in …

BRACED: Introducing the Resilience Exchange

BRACED is helping people become more resilient to climate extremes. As part of our monitoring, evaluation and learning role with the programme’s Knowledge Manager, Itad is supporting knowledge generation and lesson learning and has contributed to a new flagship report, the Resilience Exchange (Rx).

The RX shares what the 120+ organisations involved in BRACED …

‘Catalyzing Transformative Change’ – Itad at the SEEP Network Annual Conference

This October Itad will be joining development practitioners, funders, researchers and private sector actors at the 2017 SEEP Network Annual Conference in Washington DC. Under this year’s theme, ‘Catalyzing Transformative Change’, we will be contributing to sector understanding of approaches that bring about large scale positive change in markets and financial …

Itad joins GPSA as Global Partner

Itad has joined the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) as a Global Partner. In doing so, we have joined organisations from around the world to further GPSA’s aims and participate in knowledge exchange.

More information about the GPSA:

Established in 2012 by the World Bank’s Board of Directors, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability …

Project update – summer 2017

During the first half of 2017, Itad has continued to start new work with a range of clients, across our themes.

The health theme is working with UNICEF on a formative evaluation of their health systems strengthening (HSS) approaches. They are examining two separate but inter-related domains of UNICEF’s engagement in HSS – how UNICEF as an organisation is …

Northern Ghana Millennium Villages Impact Evaluation: Preliminary Report on the Fourth Round of Data

The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) has been designed to demonstrate how an integrated approach to community-led development can translate the international Millennium Development Goals into results. The project in northern Ghana is one of several projects instigated over the past 10 years, which together are set to reach nearly half a million people across 10 …

Centre for Development Impact Update – Summer 2017

We’ve had a busy start to 2017 at the Centre for Development Impact.

We ran a short course at the Institute of the Development Studies on ‘Designing Effective Ways to Evaluate Impact’ and had a fantastic group of participants who enjoyed exploring alternative causal thinking and different design choices to address real-life evaluation challenges. The School …

We’ve moved!

Itad is excited to announce that our team has moved to a new location in central Hove.

We’ve spent 12 years in English Business Park, and our offices have served us well but are no longer fit for purpose (even though we’ve been lucky to have been able to move into neighbouring units as our company has grown over the last few years!)

Our new space has given …

Final report: Impact evaluation of the DFID Programme to accelerate improved nutrition for the extreme poor in Bangladesh

Itad, as part of a consortium with the Institute of Development Studies, the International Food Policy Research Institute, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, and the Center for Natural Resource Studies, delivered a process evaluation and cost-effectiveness assessment as part of the wider impact evaluation of an innovative hybrid programme linking …

Itad at the 2017 UK Evaluation Society conference

Several staff represented Itad at this years’ UKES conference on ‘demonstrating and improving the usefulness of evaluation’. They spoke on a range of subjects from the utility of evaluation to the role of accountability and learning in evaluation.

On Wednesday, Greg Gleed discussed recent Itad projects that have evaluated the quality and utility of …

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 …