Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future

Watch/Listen Again Tuesday 26 March 2013 - Wednesday 27 March 2013 10:00 to 18:00
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.

Conference report

IDS Impact Innovation and Learning Conference Report (pdf)

Final agenda

Impact, Innovation and Learning Workshop 2013 (pdf)


You can access speakers' PowerPoint presentations from the workshop.



Watch online

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. 



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