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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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Call for Expression of Interest from Individual Junior Researchers to participate in Systematic Mapping of Impact Evaluation Evidence on policy issues in Africa


Overview

Impact Evaluation Research for Development (IERD) is a consortium that is committed to promote evidence-based research through capacity development in quality data collection and analysis, and integrate lessons learned into M&E models and in the policy making process. IERD strives to equip M&E experts and policy analysts with practical skills and innovative solutions to generate quality data for better decision making which guarantee achievement of targets. Through innovative training approaches, IERD provides a unique opportunity for networking to both upcoming and skilled M&E experts and policy analysts dealing with different projects and in different policy environments.

Inlinewiththismission,IERDis looking for competent individuals interested in participating in systematic mapping of existing evidence generated using rigorous evaluation research methods which is relevant for African development agenda. This will involve a scientific search of research that has been conducted in Africa and making a summary of the research problems under investigation, the methodologies used, the evidence generated and the policy relevance of the research in the African context.

We are looking for individuals who have good understanding of the research process preferably with a master’s degree or undergraduates with verifiable research experience. Successful applicants are required to attend a number of methodology workshop which will introduce them to the reasoning behind evidence based decision making, utilization of evidence in Monitoring and Evaluation, the need for open and reproducible research for policy making as well as systematic review and mapping techniques.

In addition, the successful applicants will have an opportunity to work with senior researchers as mentors and receive IERD support in accessing the required academic search databases and extract evidence from published papers.

As an output to this project, every successful applicant will be required to submit a write-up of not more than 20 pages (Single spaced, 12 fonts and New Times Roman) with a complete reference list and the following sub-headings

  • Introduction to the underlying basic theory behind that topic – Not exceeding 2 pages

  • Systematic mapping of available evidence in that area – Not exceeding 7 pages

  • Policy Relevance in Africa – Not exceeding 2 pages

  • Case studies of what policy interventions have worked or failed in Africa - Not exceeding 4 pages

  • Student workbooks – featuring practical policy contexts/scenarios where the theory can be applied in research led teaching in a classroom setting– Not exceeding 3 pages. A format will be provided for this

This project hopes to go beyond mentoring the participants to influencing how economics teaching can be made more responsive to African problems by using African case studies. To achieve this, all submitted work will be reviewed by a team of reviewers and high quality articles will be featured as a (or part of a) book chapter in an upcoming book titled ‘Applied Microeconomic Theory: Lessons from Africa’ which is intended to make the teaching of microeconomics more relevant to the African context.

The outputsshouldfocusononeormoreofthefollowing broad topics

  • Risk mitigation in cases of uncertainty

  • Technology adoption to improve agriculture and health outcomes in Africa

    Production Efficiency for small scale enterprises in Africa

  • Market Participation

  • Inter-temporal Choice

  • Investment behaviour under uncertainty

  • Information economics and its application in solving African health problems and other social economic problems

  • An exploration of publication bias in Rwanda – this theme will require mapping of research done in Rwanda by scholars and researchers affiliated to research institutions with reasons why this research remains unpublished. The research included must be high quality research which applies credible scientific methods.

  • Case study research that tells success or failure stories of policy interventions tested in Rwanda or other African countries by any organization. This however, requires evidence of permission to publish an anonymous version of the case studies from the respective organizations for teaching purposes.

  • Sectoral report of how rigorous research has influenced policy in Rwanda or other African countries.

Interested applicants are requested to submit a two page expression of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5th December, 2017 indicating the topics they wish to work on and the methodology they propose to use with a short bio indicating their training and experience in research. Selected applicants will be invited to attend a methodology workshop to be held on Friday, 15th December, 2017 during which they will receive guidance on the next steps.

The aim of this project is professional development for junior researchers in Rwanda. Therefore researchers living and working in Rwanda and are able to attend the methodology workshops are strongly encouraged to apply. A cash reward of Rwf.10,000 (tax inclusive) per page will be paid to authors of accepted papers.

For any clarification, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This project is made possible through a grant by Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). University of California, Berkeley

Selectiontimetableandprocess

Callforexpression of interest (EOI):                    20th November,2017

Submissiondeadline for EOI:                              5th December, 2017

Notification of Acceptance of EOI:                      10th December,2017

Methodology Workshop 1:                                  15th December,2017

Submissiondeadline for completed drafts:             15th February,2018

Methodology Workshop 2:                                  23rd February, 2018

Notification of Acceptance of drafts:                    28th February, 2018

Submissionoffinal drafts:                                   16th March, 2018

IERD Plagiarism Policy:

IERD adheres to very high ethical standard and therefore authors should avoid any appearance of plagiarism. Any text of five or more consecutive words that is borrowed from another source should be marked with quotation marks and properly referenced including the page number after such a quotation. Copying large texts from one source is also not acceptable. All submissions will be subjected to a plagiarism checker before acceptance.

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