Research & Technology Development

10 things to know about development and the data revolution


Author: Emma Samman

Publication date: June 2015

The data revolution has the potential to lead to sharper, more targeted, better-monitored policies. It could even transform power relations between citizens, governments and businesses. Used well, data can help people reach a clearer picture of their lives – and use the evidence for progress. But people remain uncounted and big gaps in our knowledge remain. Explore development and the data revolution in these 10 infographics.

Impact-evaluation guidelines: Designing impact evaluations for agricultural projects


Authors: Winters, P., Salazar, L. & Maffioli, A. (for IDB)
Publication date: 2010

The purpose of this guideline is to provide suggestions on designing impact evaluations for agricultural projects, particularly projects that directly target farmers, and seek to improve agricultural production, productivity and profitability. Specific issues in evaluating agricultural projects are addressed, including the need to use production-based indicators and to carefully consider indirect or spillover effects that are common in agricultural projects.

3ie/IFPRI: Understanding Heterogeneity: Risk and Learning in the Adoption of Agricultural Technologies


The following videos are part of the 3ie/IFPRI Seminar Series on Impact Evaluation.

December 13th, 2012, Andrew Zeitlin shed a light on the mechanisms behind the surprisingly low adoption rates of apparently high return agricultural technologies in developing countries. His findings are based on his personal research, resulting among others in a research paper on the issue.

Filling the learning gap in program implementation using participatory monitoring and evaluation. Lessons from farmer field schools in Zanzibar


Author(s): Elias Zerfu & Sindu W. Kebede
Publication date: 2013

This study is motivated by the idea that even though participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) is widely accepted as a tool to manage development programs to be effective, its application is widely constrained by its high start-up resource requirements in terms of both finance and time. However, this paper argues that after the initial investment is made, the payback from using PM&E is much higher both in terms of grassroots-level learning, empowerment, and capacity building and in terms of higher-level strategic decision making which enhances impact.



The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), an alliance of 64 governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations.

Why has impact assessment research not made more of a difference?


Author: Watson, David J. (ed.)
Publication Date:  2002 

Proceedings of an international conference on impact of agricultural research and development, Costa Rica, 2002.

Science and Poverty. An Interdisciplinary Assessment of the Impact of Agricultural Research


Authors:  R. Meinzen-Dick, M. Adato, L. Haddad, and P. Hazell
Publication Date:  2004

Improving Impacts of Research Partnerships


Authors: Daniel Maselli, Jon Andri Lys and Jacqueline Schmid
Publication Date: 2004

Influencing and Negotiating


Tools for Development, A handbook for those engaged in development activity
Author: Department for International Development
Publication Date: March 2003 

Influencing and negotiating are important skills in managing development activity. This chapter discusses how you can use these skills in working with others to achieve DFID s objectives. This chapter is based on, and provides key concepts from, the Management Development Programme, implemented by Sheppard Moscow for all Band A/B managers in DFID.