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To boldly go where no evaluator has gone before: The CEDIL Evaluation agenda

In this lecture I will introduce the newly established Centre of Excellence on Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL). CEDIL was established by the UK Department for International Development to develop new evaluation methods and to commission evaluation and synthesis studies in neglected areas of international development. Over its inception phase CEDIL identified key methodological evaluation challenges to address and priority thematic areas. The talk will illustrate CEDIL’s ambitious evaluation agenda over the next 5 years, and will be followed by Q&A and discussion.

Before joining CEDIL, Edoardo was Deputy Director and head of the London office of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, which he joined after working for seven years as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Edoardo is an agricultural and development economist with extensive experience conducting impact evaluations, researching development interventions and consulting for a variety of institutions, including the World Bank.

Edoardo also has experience of research synthesis work through a number of systematic reviews on a wide range of topics such as nutrition, health insurance and cost-effectiveness. His core research interests include rural development, child nutrition, poverty and inequality, and the analysis of household surveys.

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