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Why IERD

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Impact Evaluation Research for Development is a consortium established to bridge the capacity gap between the academia and the actual level of monitoring and evaluation skill sets, competencies and expertise required to transform M&E graduates to M&E experts with practical skills and innovative solutions to generate quality data for better decision making which guarantees achievement of targets and objectives for projects. Through innovative training approaches, IERD provides a unique opportunity for networking to both upcoming and skilled M&E experts dealing with different projects.

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This programme targets young impact evaluation researchers who aspire to inform decision making with research and evidence.

Impact evaluation is an approach that seeks to assess the changes that can be attributed to a particular intervention which may include projects, programs or policy.

Impact evaluation research therefore seeks to answer the question of what could have been the outcome without the intervention. The changes attributed to any intervention maybe intended or unintended but they are all important in evaluating the impact of the programme. Impact evaluation promotes evidence-based policy making by providing information on what works and what doesn’t.

At IERD we believe that a Learning by doing approach is the best in equipping young researchers in practical research skills for evidence based research. We expose our research mentees in our ongoing projects as well as proposal writing for new research projects. The broad goal is to support skills transfer that will influence public policy.

At IERD, we believe that research promotes evidence based decision making and we encourage all our mentees to invest time in the Learning by doing Impact Evaluation (LearnIE) research programme

Through this programme,

  • We partner with organizations to conduct Baseline studies, Mid Term Reviews (MTRs) as well as post Implementation reviews (PIRs) for their projects.
  • We equip upcoming researchers with impact evaluation research skills which include Experimental Studies  and Non-Experimental Studies  methodologies
  • We conduct Systematic Reviews to document existing evidence for development intervention studies
  • We conduct trainings in various statistical tools including SPSS, Eviews and Stata for data analysis though our Data Analytics programme,
  • We promote research publication through our “From Paper to Journal” platform

IERD Main Components

  • Learn from the best
    Learn from the best

    IERD Coaching and mentorship model is build around real M&E challenges after several years of interaction with project staff. We translate theoretical aspects into practice by engaging with you at your workplace.

  • Peer Learning
    Peer Learning

    Coaching and mentoring is very effective techniques to enhance the skills, knowledge and performance of your employees. The pear learning approach that IERD uses has helped me to benchmark with other M&E professionals, Mentee

  • Why do I need a mentor
    Why do I need a mentor

    A mentor is someone who is willing to invest time in you. He is the kind of a person you can turn to when you are unsure of your next move in your career.

     IERD matches you with professionals in your field who can champion you to the next level

  • From a personal Experience
    From a personal Experience

    I am a product of professional coaching. Having a professional coach walk with you is a journey worth taking. You will never regret. This is the experience IERD is offering to you. You can’t miss this opportunity.

    You need a dedicated coach to get you here

    Dr. Mercyline Kamande,PhD;  Executive Director IERD

  • How to build a research career
    How to build a research career

    In class you learn the theories. At IERD we train you through practice. The best learning mode is Learning by Doing

    This is what got me here and I want to walk with you all the way.

    Dr. Mercyline Kamande,PhD;  Executive Director IERD