The Need for Speed: How Rapid Cycle Evaluation Can Help Your Organization Excel

Piloting a new strategy for program administration or service delivery can be informative and support continuous quality improvement. But we should be careful to consider some key questions first.

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Accelerating Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry in Southeast Asia

By 2100, Asia will likely see a six degree Celsius temperature increase, drastically affecting water availability, food production, and ecosystem function. In some Southeast Asian countries, rice yields could decline by up to 50 percent, threatening food and economic security for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

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No Time to Waste: Public-Private Partnerships, Greater Coordination Needed Now on Solid Waste Management

As the world's population grows and urbanizes, and standards of living increase, so does consumption of goods and services, producing more solid waste.

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Can We Predict the Future? The Promise of Predictive Analytics and Recommender Systems

Can computer code help identify kids at risk of dropping out of school or predict recidivism among recovering addicts? This is the promise of using predictive analytics and recommender systems to help us solve policy research questions.

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Building the Evidence Base to Solve America’s Toughest Challenges

The federal government sponsors hundreds of programs designed to solve some of America's toughest challenges. The most important question facing policymakers and agency leadership is this: what public policies and programs work?

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How Can We Measure Housing Security? Suggestions for HUD’s New Effort

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research has begun the work of developing a composite measure of housing security, a commendable and important effort.

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Yes, You Can Generalize from Experiments!

One of the main criticisms of experimental evaluations is that they are conducted under such special circumstances that their results may not apply to other people, places, or times. A new wave of experimental evaluations is changing that.

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Collecting Data When the Going Gets Tough

In March 2017, two days before I was supposed to leave for Northern Nigeria to set up a final round of survey data collection for an evaluation, two German expats were kidnapped from a village in the area and held for ransom. My role as an analyst on the multi-donor AgResults initiative – a project to encourage and reward high-impact agricultural innovations that promote global food security, health and nutrition – was to supervise training and the beginning of field work with the local survey firm we hired to ensure that we received clean, usable data.

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Seven Ways to Use Blockchain for International Development

Blockchain is the single most disruptive technology for the international development sector as we understand it today.

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Why a Research Strategy Matters in Preventing and Responding to Pandemics

The World Health Organization's Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework seems to have all of the right elements: It calls for sharing influenza viruses, surveillance, stockpiles of medicines and vaccines, and more. Yet it rests on shaky footing.

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