Designing Evaluation and Communication for Impact (DECI-3)

Research interventions need to be effective in order to contribute to positive change, but effective research for development is difficult; there are no blueprints, and each project requires a strategy that suits its own changing context. A recent external evaluation found that IDRC grantees benefit from having a learning partner that provides a space for pause, reflection, and strategic planning during implementation, a process known as adaptive management.

Building on the lessons from this evaluation, the Designing Evaluation and Communication for Impact (DECI-3) project provides support to help partners of IDRC’s Networked Economies’ program become adaptive managers and more effective change agents. The Networked Economies program explores how developing countries can take advantage of the rapid diffusion of networked technologies for economic and social development. Specifically, the program seeks to spur economic growth and create employment opportunities by scaling innovative solutions.

The DECI-3 methodology brings together a combination of evaluation, communication, and learning methods, providing capacity development through just-in-time mentoring during the full project cycle. Working with Ottawa-based partner New Economy Development Group, Inc., DECI-3 aims to build the capacity of partners (projects and institutions) in evaluation, communication, and learning methods as the building blocks for adaptive management. It also aims to learn from the action-research experiences and share understanding of the theoretical and practical dimensions of improving the effectiveness of research-to-policy initiatives.

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End Date

Monday, July 20, 2020


24 months

IDRC Officer

Matthew Smith

Total funding

CA$ 199,040


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Peter Brodhead


New Economy Development Group, Inc.

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