Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity

Impacts and Influence

Closing the Evaluation Gap

international initiative for impact evaluation

Efforts to design better aid programs are often hampered by the failure to evaluate what works in existing programs. In 2004, Ruth Levine convened a working group to find solutions to this problem. After consulting with over 100 development policymakers and practitioners, the group released a 2006  report that urged the creation of a new institution to establish best practice standards, identify high-priority areas for study, and fund and review new impact evaluations. With significant technical support from CGD, a group of bilateral and international donors backed the creation of the new International Initiative for Impact Evaluation or 3ie (“Triple I E”). 3ie has since become a benchmark for development expertise.

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Photo of Nancy Birdsall
Senior Fellow, President Emeritus
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Non-Resident Fellow