Author Archives: Benjamin DK Wood

Benjamin DK Wood

Benjamin helps manage 3ie’s Replication Programme at the Washington, D.C. office, providing oversight of contracted replications of impact evaluations. He also conducts replications for the programme.


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Making replication research relevant for international organizations: A 3ie-IFAD post-event conversation

After 6 years, 3ie’s replication programme is finishing its fourth round of 3ie-funded replication studies. In recognition of this round’s completion, 3ie and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) recently hosted a joint engagement event, Financial services for the poor programmes – verifying evidence for policymaking. Ben (3ie) and Michael (IFAD) co-hosted the event.
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Learning power lessons: verifying the viability of impact evaluations

and | June 11, 2018

Learning from one’s past mistakes is a sign of maturity. Given that metric, 3ie is growing up. We now require pilot research before funding most full impact evaluation studies. Our pilot studies requirement was developed to address a number of issues, including assessing whether there is sufficient intervention uptake, identifying or verifying whether the expected
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The role of replication in revising WHO guidelines: the case of TB and HIV co-infection

and | March 23, 2018

World Tuberculosis Day 2018 The World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on the timing of treatments for Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV co-infection have not been revised since 2011. New research findings suggest that they are due for an update. The current standards recommend initiating anti-retroviral therapy (ART) within 2 weeks for HIV and TB co-infected individuals
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Strengthening impact evaluation ecosystems by supporting local research teams

and | October 26, 2017

Building a culture of evidence is a tall order, one that demands the engagement of different stakeholders committed to evidence-informed policy. While we embed capacity-building activities in our grant programmes, we continue to explore alternative approaches beyond our grants to increase local researchers’ familiarity with impact evaluation, so the pool of research centers able to
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What’s first for replication studies is what’s next for 3ie’s replication programme

Many consider pure replication, where the replication researcher starts with the original data set and writes code to recreate the published results according to the methods described in the publication, to be the second step in replication analysis. So, what is the first? The first step is checking whether the original authors’ code can be
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