Our work seeks to help broaden the range of evaluation designs and methods, providing funders and evaluators alike with valuable insights and tools to measure and understand impact.

Our current focus is on:

  • Exploring a wide range of evaluation designs and methods, including contribution analysis, systems thinking and different approaches to pattern detection and causal inference in comparative case studies, in order to understand what works, for whom, why, and in what context.
  • Designing appropriate methodologies for evaluating complex interventions in challenging contexts, especially related with private sector development, agricultural value chains, financial inclusion, public health, social protection and behavioural change (e.g. nutrition)
  • Better understanding the realities of the evaluation process, such as when evaluations are conducted under severe resource (or other) constraints, the politics of evaluation, and the use of evidence.

We achieve this through:

  1. Doing evaluations that provide scope for innovation in a particular domain;
  2. Doing research on evaluations, including meta-research and meta-evaluations; and,
  3. Developing and delivering training and learning programmes.