Policy Anticipation, Response and Evaluation

Evidence-based policy is often framed by questioning what works, for whom and in what situations. It is often forgotten that the ability to answer this question depends on knowledge about what has happened, what is happening and what is likely to happen.

Impact evaluation, real-time monitoring and foresight are critical elements of development policy processes. This is particularly so when issues are emergent, complex, or sensitive. Effective short and medium term horizon scanning is thus essential. New tools, approaches and methods are needed to allow governments, donors, NGOs and businesses to scan, to act and to measure impact.

This first of the programmes outcomes is stronger and timely evidence-based guidance for governments, donors and NGOs to respond rapidly to unfolding events and newly emerging issues through horizon scanning and crisis response. The programme will also ensure tested innovative approaches for evaluating policy impacts in complex contexts.

The Policy-Anticipation, Response and Evaluation Programme is commissioned and funded by the Department for International Development. In addressing these issues, the programme is organised under three ongoing projects which run from April 2012.

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ER60 Front Cover

E-health and M-health in Bangladesh: Opportunities and Challenges

IDS Evidence Report 60 (2014)

There is growing enthusiasm amongst analysts of global health for the possibilities opened up by the rapid spread of mobile phone coverage. This includes substantially increasing access to health-related information and advice and to expert medical consultations. More details

Will Changes to the international Tax System Benefit Low-income Countries?

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 6 (2014)

In recent months tax has climbed up the political agenda in ways that would have been unthinkable only a couple of years ago. More details

Promoting and Protecting Religious Diversity in the Middle East

Promoting and Protecting Religious Diversity in the Middle East

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 5 (2013)

In the aftermath of regime ruptures in the Arab world and with the political ascendancy of Islamist groups, there has been a mass exodus of citizens belonging to religious minorities from the region. More details

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Multiple Pathways to Policy Impact: Testing an Uptake Theory with QCA

CDI Practice Paper 5 (2013)

This paper by Barbara Befani proposes a theory of 'advocacy uptake' and tests it using two methods: (1) statistical analysis; and (2) Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). More details

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Brazil Public Opinion Monitor: Baseline Survey Results

IDS Evidence Report 32 (2013)

These results aim to provide a baseline of opinions and perspectives on the economic and social development of Brazil, and on Brazil’s place in the wider world. More details

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Indian Public Opinion Monitor: Baseline Survey Results

IDS Evidence Report 29 (2013)

The Indian Public Opinion Monitor (IPOM) is a longitudinal panel of opinion leaders from across India that aims to provide an ongoing monitor of opinions and perspectives on the economic and social development of India, and on India’s place in the wider world. More details

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South Africa Public Opinion Monitor: Baseline Survey Results

IDS Evidence Report 30 (2013)

The South African Public Opinion Monitor (SAPOM) is a longitudinal panel of 2,526 opinion leaders from across South Africa that aims to provide an ongoing monitor of opinions and perspectives on the economic and social development of South Africa and its place in the wider world. More details

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Churning Waters: Strategic Shifts in the Nile Basin

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 4 (2013)

This briefing considers the impact of the diplomatic rift between Egypt and Ethiopia in the Nile Basin on broader development in the region and the possible diplomatic and developmental scenarios that could emerge as construction of the GERD dam progresses. More details

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

IDS Evidence Report 18 (2013)

This report brings together notes and highlights from the International Workshop organised by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Brighton on 26–27 March 2013. More details

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

IDS Evidence Report 18 (2013)

This report brings together notes and highlights from the International Workshop organised by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Brighton on 26–27 March 2013. More details

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The Climate Change – Migration – Urbanisation Nexus: Workshop Report

IDS Evidence Report 15 (2013)

The concept of the ‘Climate Change – Migration – Urbanisation’ nexus emerged from the recognition that climate change, migration, and urbanisation are closely and intimately linked together, and can potentially become sources of vulnerability. More details

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Real Time Monitoring Technologies for Pro-Poor Access to Electricity

IDS Evidence Report 12 (2013)

Existing literature strongly and consistently reports the high upfront cost of energy technology hardware as one of the main demand-side barriers to increased use of modern energy services by the poor. More details

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Implementing Development Evaluations under Severe Resource Constraints

CDI Practice Paper 3 (2013)

Most agency evaluations are very short both on resources and in duration, with no proper opportunity to assess impact in a valid manner. More details

Evidence Report 6, 'Monitoring and Evaluation Report: Year One' by Munslow, Befani and Sumberg.

Monitoring and Evaluation Report: Year One

IDS Evidence Report 6 (2013)

The IDS Accountable Grant is a large and complex four-year grant working across seven Policy Themes, 20 sub-themes, 68 activity domains and over 300 Level 2 Outputs. More details

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What Next for the BRICS Bank?

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 3 (2013)

A new development bank to be created by the 'Rising Powers' of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) is intended to promote greater cooperation between developing countries, and address what is seen by many as a history of misguidance and underinvestment by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). More details

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Natural Experiments: An Under-appreciated Evaluation Resource?

CDI Practice Paper 2 (2013)

This CDI Practice Paper explores some of the roles that natural experiments have played in evaluation and considers their potential and limitations and the prospects for their wider use. More details

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An Impact Evaluation Design for the Millennium Village Project in Northern Ghana

Journal of Development Effectiveness (2013)

This Initial Design Document sets out the conceptual approach and methodological for the independent impact evaluation a new Millennium Villages Project in Northern Ghana. More details

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Improving the Evaluability of INGO Empowerment and Accountability Programmes

CDI Practice Paper 1 (2013)

This CDI Practice Paper is based on an analysis of international NGO (INGO) evaluation practice in empowerment and accountability (E&A) programmes. It reviews evaluation debates and their implications for INGOs. More details

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Zoonoses - From Panic to Planning

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 2 (2013)

Over two thirds of all human infectious diseases have their origins in animals. The rate at which these zoonotic diseases have appeared in people has increased over the past 40 years, with at least 43 newly identified outbreaks since 2004. More details

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After Meles: Implications for Ethiopia's Development

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 1 (2012)

The death of Meles Zenawi in August 2012 has raised a number of questions about Ethiopia's political stability and development trajectory. More details

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(Proactive) Foresight

24 Nov 2015
By Gioel Gioacchino