Getting the right evidence workshop

In keeping with this year's London Evidence Week theme of “evidence that matters for vulnerable and marginalised people in international development”, Bond and 3ie (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) are holding a workshop on designing and using evidence gap maps and systematic reviews.

Evidence gap maps present summaries of evidence in user-friendly online formats that indicate the amount of evidence you have. Systematic reviews bring together evidence to answer questions around policy and practice, helping you ascertain what learning is generally applicable or context-specific.

You’ll learn about these key concepts through talks and practical group work facilitated by 3ie staff and expert speakers from NGOs. The workshop consists of a short presentations on specific topics, sample exercises to clarify topics and methodology, and open discussions.

Who is it for?

Anyone involved in developing policy positions or designing and implementing programmes, who is constantly consolidating or weighing up the best available evidence on “what works”.

As space is limited, priority will be given to Bond members. Please use the "book now" button below to register your interest.

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This event is in collaboration with 3ie.


8.45 – 9.00 Arrival

9:00 – 9.30 Introductions and workshop objectives
This session presents the goals of the workshop and the plan for the day. Participants are asked to form topic groups, with which they will work throughout the day.

9.30 – 10:30 Evidence gap maps: design and use
There will be an introduction to the EGM concept, and how they are done, including small-group work to navigate 3ie’s online EGM software. This will be followed by an open discussion on what counts as evidence and what are the possible uses of evidence gap maps. Group work will include developing a simple EGM matrix for a topic of interest, and populating it with interventions and outcomes across the causal chain.

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:45 Systematic reviews: design and use
There will be an introduction to the goals of systematic reviews, how they are done and how results are summarised. Group work will include designing systematic review questions (based on the Population,
Intervention, Comparison/Context, Outcomes, Study designs (PICOS) concept) and interpreting the results and recommendations of a review.

11:45 – 12:30 Group work continued

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00 The Politics of Use - Putting evidence into action
Panel discussion with external speakers & open discussion. We will have a range of external speakers exploring challenges and opportunities for better use of evidence in international development.


Plan International

Jacqui is director of research and knowledge management at Plan International.


Rachel is the research, learning and communications director at INTRAC.

Centre for Ageing Better

Dan Jones is the director of innovation and change at Centre for Ageing Better.


Hugh is acting head of 3ie's Synthesis and Reviews Office and co-chair of the Campbell Collaboration International Development Coordinating Group.


Birte is senior evaluation specialist at 3ie, has 10 years' experience in policy-relevant evidence synthesis work, and led the development of the evidence gap map approach.


Dr. Marie M. Gaarder is the director of evaluation office and global director for innovation and country engagement at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie).

Julia St. Thomas
International Rescue Committee

Julia St. Thomas is the deputy director for strategic initiatives in the International Rescue Committee’s Violence Prevention and Response Unit.

David Dodman

Professor David Dodman is director of human settlements at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). David is an expert on climate change vulnerability and resilience in urban centres.


Room: RUS (30) 102
Birkbeck University of London
30 Russell Square
United Kingdom