International Initiative for Impact Evaluation - 3IEThe new International Institute of Impact Evaluation, or “3ei”, was formally launched today at the GDN 2009 Annual Conference here in Kuwait. In his remarks announcing the new venture, Executive Director Howard White said that billions of dollars each year are spent on development aid with scant evidence of what really works:

“We simply do not know what are the most effective ways to allocate development resources. This is not just an intellectual failure, it is a human tragedy.”

3ie will focus on filling this gap – by conducting synthetic reviews of existing evidence, and commissioning new research into development impacts.

3ie was born of work done by the Evaluation Gap Working Group, started by the Center for Global Development (CGD), and the Group’s report “When will we ever learn?

Lawrence MacDonald of the Center for Global Development did an interview with Howard White discussing the launch of 3ie – see Lawrence’s blog post here and the video below:

More information about 3ie is on its new web site at

Also, there is a detailed Q&A with Howard White on the CGD web site.