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What makes evaluations impactful?

Insights from a panel discussion as part of our first ever company-wide Knowledge and Learning Day.


How can funders achieve systems change?

Many funders are adopting a systems change perspective to solve the world's most pressing social and environmental problems....

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Addressing social norms in development programmes – Learnings from the WISH programme

Addressing social norms in behaviour change programmes is increasingly a priority for many donors. We highlight three key...

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The UK’s approach to tackling modern-day slavery in Nigeria: Five missed opportunities

I recently read the ICAI review of the UK’s approach to tackling modern-day slavery through the aid programme and it led me...

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Tackling human trafficking: Lessons from the Stamping out Slavery in Nigeria project

Modern-day slavery is still a prevalent practice in Nigeria, with Edo State at the centre of human trafficking. The UK...


Keeping it real: using mechanisms in realist evaluation

A new paper in a special issue of New Directions for Evaluation explores the use of mechanisms within the realist evaluation...

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Continuing results in development:
the importance of evidence during COVID-19

The COVID-19 (C19) pandemic has had profound effects on lives around the world and will continue to do so for years, if not...


Rapid evaluations: how an evaluation with a quick turnaround can support adaptive management

Adaptive management requires learning as you go. Decisions need to be taken to support course-correction – and they need to...


The complex reality of evaluation independence

An article in the Guardian got us thinking about the importance of independence in evaluation, and what ‘independence’...


Changing a Theory of Change: six important lessons from our work with iDSI

In this Itad blog, Laura Hopkins and Stefanie Wallach explore six lessons we've learnt when it comes to changing a theory of...


How can capacity building improve how policy makers use evidence?

Itad has just finished a three-year realist evaluation of the Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) programme –...


The irony of evaluation – thoughts from the annual UKES conference

My initial reaction to my first UKES conference was that it all seemed slightly ironic that a group of dedicated evaluation...