Strategic Review of 3ie, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation

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The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) is an international grant-making NGO, set up in 2008 to promote evidence-informed development policies and programmes. Its vision is to improve lives through impact evaluation, and its mission is to achieve this by increasing development effectiveness through better use of evidence in developing countries.

As one of the core funders of 3ie, the Department for International Development (DFID) commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a strategic review of 3ie to feed into 3ie’s new strategy.


The purpose of this strategic review by RAND Europe was to provide 3ie with timely information in three areas:

  • past performance
  • key stakeholders’ views of 3ie’s value, and
  • relevant current trends in development priorities and funding.

This information, along with other information being gathered through other sources, will help inform the new 3ie organisational strategy 2017-2020. While the strategic review collected data on the performance of 3ie, it was not an evaluation. Rather, the strategic review was a forward-looking project that sought to combine lessons from past performance with an understanding of current trends.


The results were found to be informative and helpful by 3ie leadership. A number of important findings have been translated into the new strategy.

Project Team

Tom Ling
Joachim Krapels
Gavin Cochrane
Jirka Taylor
Ben Baruch
Josephine Exley