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Website: Research Excellence Framework

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Lifting the lid on the household: A new way to measure individual deprivation

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Authors: Scott Wisor, Joanne Crawford, Sharon Besselland Janet Hunt

Publication date: 23 April 2015

Most experts now agree that monetary poverty measurement should be complemented by multidimensional measurements. The individual, not the household, should be the unit of analysis. Poverty measurement should reflect the views and priorities of poor people. And in so far as possible, measurement should provide meaningful comparisons across contexts and over time. Enter the Individual Deprivation Measure.

Assess impact in complex environments

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Author: Waddell, S.
Publication date: 2014

In this blog post, Waddell addresses the challenges of assessing impact in complex environments, where attribution turns out to be highly problematic. He reviews several contributions in this field and stresses the essence of iterative processes to deal with complex system dynamics and to support their assessment. 

What evaluation has to say on serving the needs of decision-makers

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In this blog post, Benoît Gauthier, President of the Canadian Evaluation Society writes about the key determinants of evaluation utilization and the Talking Data Conference focussing on the issue. 

Six Thinking Hats. Looking at a Decision From All Points of View

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Six Thinking Hats' is an important and powerful technique. It is used to look at decisions from a number of important perspectives. This forces you to move outside your habitual thinking style, and helps you to get a more rounded view of a situation.

Tips for writing Impact Evaluation Grant Proposals

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Author: McKenzie, D.
Publication date: 2012

Based on his experience reviewing impact evaluation grant proposals, the author shares nine tips in this blog post to write successful proposals. 

Twelve tips for selling randomised controlled trials to reluctant policymakers and programme managers

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Author: White, H.
Publication date: 2014

As a sequel to his blog post about the potential pitfalls with randomised controlled trials (RCTs), the author shares twelve tips for selling RCTs to reluctant policymakers and programme managers.

Ten things that can go wrong with randomised controlled trials

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Author: White, H.
Publication date: 2014

In this blog post, the author reflects upon the potential pitfalls to watch for in order to design and implement randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that lead to better policies and better lives. He offers a list of 10 things to keep in mind to make sure that RCT live up to their potential of making the strongest conclusions about causality.

Requiring fuel gauges: A pitch for justifying impact evaluation sample size assumptions

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Authors: Wood, B. D.K. & Djimeu, E. 
Publication date: 2014

This 3ie blog post focuses on the topic of sample sizes and power calculations. While researchers rarely discuss the assumptions behind their sample size, determined by their power calculations, the authors make a strong case for opening up the debate. After reviewing numerous 3ie grant requests, they also share the lessons learned about the key power calculation parameters, namely the minimum detectable effect and the intracluster correlation coefficient (ICC).

The World Bank: enGENDER IMPACT

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EnGENDER IMPACT, a World Bank initiative aims to contribute to gender equality by:
1) supporting global knowledge sharing and uptake of key lessons
2) encouraging more and better IEs in key gender topics