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03.08.2015 - Presentation by Howard White: "Aggregating evidence to improve social and development programmes"

We kindly invite you to a presentation by Howard White, Co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration, on “Aggregating evidence to improve social and development programmes”.

When: 03/08/2015, 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm

Where: DEval, Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, Fritz-Schäffer-Straße 26, 53113 Bonn

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Further information on the presentation:

Governments spend on many programmes in many sectors. But how much of this spending actually achieves the purposes for which it is intended? In recent years there has been increasing use of rigorous studies to determine the impact of programmes. But can German policy makers learn from similar interventions in Greece or Ghana, or can policy makers in Namibia learn from programmes in Nepal? We should not draw global policy lessons from single studies. However, systematic reviews pull together all available high-quality evidence on which, where, how, for whom, and why programmes work. This talk will explain in simple terms the statistical basis for systematic reviews using real life examples from both the developed and developing world. Questions to be answered include: does anything work in combatting crime, is prison better than non-custodial sentences, are programmes to prevent deforestation in developing countries effective, why is it so hard to take programmes successfully to scale, and how to design an effective education programme.

Howard White was the founding Executive Director of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). Later this year he will take up the position of CEO of the Campbell Collaboration. Previously he led the impact evaluation programme of the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group, prior to which he was an academic, publishing on aid effectiveness, poverty reduction, policy influence and macroeconomic reform. He has advised a wide range of international development agencies and worked in many countries across Africa and Asia.

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