Author Archives: Howard White

Howard White

Howard is the CEO of the Campbell Collaboration and Adjunct Professor, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University. He is the former executive director of 3ie.

What’s wrong with evidence-informed development? Part 2

| February 18, 2015

3ie’s recent systematic review of farmer field schools (FFS) found that these programmes worked as pilots and small- scale programmes. But the few impact evaluations  of  national-level programmes found no impact.  The evidence suggested that problems in recruiting and training appropriate faciliators impeded the scale-up of the experiential learning model of farmer field schools. It
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What’s wrong with evidence-informed development?Part 1

| January 13, 2015

On my reading list as an undergraduate in development studies was Peter Laslett’s The World We Have Lost, This is a social history that challenges the view that pre-industrial England was a stagnant society. Rather, it had many of the features of industrial or even modern Britain. Another influential work was Anthony Brewer’s Marxist Theories
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How big is big? The need for sector knowledge in judging effect sizes and performing power calculations

| November 27, 2014

A recent Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) newsletter reported new study findings from Ghana on using SMS reminders to ensure people complete their course of anti-malaria pills. The researchers concluded that the intervention worked. More research is needed to tailor the messages to be even more effective. The proportion of those completing the pack of
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