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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 …


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 …