Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future
IDS Convening Space
The approaches currently used in the evaluation of development impact represent only a fraction of the research methods used in political science, sociology, psychology and other social sciences. Systems thinking and complexity science, causal inference models not limited to counterfactual analysis, and mixed approaches with blurred quali-quanti boundaries have shown potential for application in development settings.
In addition, evaluation research should be explicit about the values and learning needs that can be shared across a wide range of stakeholders. As a consequence, a key challenge in development impact is mastering a broad range of approaches, models and methods that produce evidence of performance in a variety of research settings and fields.
The aim of the event was to shape a future agenda for research and practice in the evaluation of development impact. The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) was launched in connection with the event. CDI is a partnership between IDS and ITAD; both organisations share the view that impact evaluation should draw on a broad range of methods and be appropriate for specific requirements, questions and constraints. The workshop is an initial step in a longer-term process of engagement that IDS and CDI wish to undertake within the broader development impact community.
You can access speakers' PowerPoint presentations from the workshop.
- Keynote 1: Robert Picciotto
- Paper Session 1: John Grove
- Paper Session 1 Bruno Marchal
- Paper Session 2: Peter Loewe
- Paper session 2 Aaron Zazueta
- Panel Session 1 Richard Hummelbrummer, Martin Reynolds, Bob Williams
- Keynote 2 Patricia Rogers
- Keynote 2 Patricia Rogers Handout 1
- Keynote 2 Patricia Rogers Handout 2
- Paper Session 3 Laura Camfield
- Paper Session 3 Richard Palmer Jones
- Paper session 4 Giel Ton
- Paper Session 4 John Mayne
- Paper session 4 Barbara Befani
- Paper Session 4 Oscar Garcia, Juha Uitto and Jos Vaessen
All the main presentations were live streamed and you can watch all the sessions again either using the YouTube playlist player below or using the links to their individual videos as listed.
- Keynote 1: Are Development Evaluators Fighting The Last War?
- Paper Session 1: Why Systems-Based Impact Evaluation?
- Paper Session 2: Applications of Complex Systems in Evaluation
- Panel Session 1: Values, Learning and Systems: a Framework for Critical Rigour in Impact Evaluations
- Keynote 2: Towards a Research Agenda for Impact Evaluation of Development
- Paper Session 3: Scientific Standards and Rigour
- Paper Session 4: Credible Evidence of Impact
- Towards a More ‘Impact-Oriented’ Institutional M&E System: Common Challenges and Potential Solutions from a UN Perspective
- Panel Session 2: How to Create the Conditions for Innovative Research and Practice in Impact Evaluation