Wanted: Studies Toward Evidence-Based Development Policies

    A classroom in Sierra Rutile, an area 250 kilometers from Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. The U.K. Department for International Development, AusAID and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation have issued a call for proposals for systematic reviews of key policy questions in international development, with education as one of the thematic areas. Photo by: Manoocher Deghati / IRIN

    The U.K. Department for International Development, AusAID and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation have launched a call for proposals for systematic reviews of key policy questions in the field of international development.

    A press release from DfID defines systematic reviewing as “a rigorous method of mapping the evidence base, assessing its quality and synthesising the results,” which “can then be mediated in digestible ways to make it easier for decision makers to understand quickly the body of evidence and use this as a strong foundation for evidence-based policy.”

    The reviews should tackle existing evidence on particular interventions or programs in low- and middle-income countries but may draw on relevant evidence from developed nations.

    DfID has supplied 19 of the systematic review questions, which focus on education, health, governance and fragile states, environment, infrastructure and technology, agriculture and rural development, and economic development.

    The funding sponsors intend to support 59 studies in February next year. Applications should be submitted online by Nov. 29. 

    About the author

    • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.