Designing Evaluations to Inform Action in New Settings
This presentation will be based on a CEDIL inception report. The report drew on the perspectives of more than five academic disciplines — from epidemiology to philosophy — and reviewed a diverse range of literature on the task of ‘learning for elsewhere’, addressing the questions: what is learned in evaluations of complex interventions that is useful for future decision making, and how can this be improved? Suggested answers all involved theory, begging questions about which setting theories apply, and how to know quickly. The notion of context-centred interventions challenged the sentiment that learning ‘what works?’ or even ‘how does it work?’ helps when in fact approaches to knowing ‘why is outcome occurring?’ would be more useful.
Calum Davey is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has worked on evaluations in the health and education sectors. He has been involved with CEDIL from the start, and was the lead author on one of the pre-inception reports and one inception report. He currently splits his time between research on evaluation methods and the PENDA programme, a £7m DFID-funded research programme on disability-inclusive development.
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