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3ie-LIDC Seminar: Mapping the evidence base on social, behavioural and community engagement interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health: Launch of a 3ie-WHO Evidence Gap Map

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:30 to 14:00
LIDC Upper Meeting Room
Annie Portela (WHO) & Rachael Hinton (PMNCH)

The 3ie-LIDC seminar series ‘What works in international development’ explores key issues in impact evaluation of development interventions. It has been running on a monthly basis since January 2011, attracting a large and diverse audience of academics, policy-makers (predominantly from DFID) and development practitioners (international NGOs such as Save the Children, Oxfam, Sightsavers).

In each seminar one or two researchers present their results of impact evaluations, systematic review or methodological contribution followed by discussion and questions. The seminar is usually held on Wednesday evenings or afternoons and is hosted by LIDC or one of its member colleges in central London (Bloomsbury).

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The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents' Health (2016-2030) was released in parallel with the SDGs, both promoting a broader vision for health.The strategy calls for action towards three objectives for health: survive (end preventable deaths), thrive (ensure health and wellbeing) and transform (expand enabling environments). To achieve these objectives decision makers need access to high-quality evidence on ​effective programmes, particularly for Social, Behavioural and Community Engagement (SBCe) interventions where global guidance is less prevalent. 

This event will mark the launch​ of an evidence gap map (EGM) of key SBCE interventions related to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, produced by 3ie in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). EGMs map existing evidence and identify gaps where little or no evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews is available. In doing so they can inform a strategic approach to building the evidence base in a particular sector. They can also help facilitate the use of the best existing evidence by allowing users to explore the findings and quality of existing systematic reviews, with links to user friendly summaries of all studies. This presentation will summarise the findings of the EGM and demonstrate how decision makers and researchers can use the EGM to explore the available evidence base.


Annie Portela, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA), World Health Organisation

Rachael Hinton, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH)

Tanya Marchant, LSHTM (chair)