UNEG Webinar: Evidence Gap Map of Productive Safety nets: A Tool for Evidence- Informed Policy and Strategic Research Prioritisation


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Date and time: 22nd September, 9:30am (NY time)

Presenter: Martina Vojtkova, Evaluation specialist at International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

Chair: Colin Kirk, Director of UNICEF Evaluation Office

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), recently unveiled an Evidence Gap Map detailing what evidence exists on the effectiveness of productive safety net programs and where more evaluations are needed. Evidence gap maps are a new interactive tool that consolidates what we know about “what works” in particular sectors by mapping out evidence from systematic reviews and impact evaluations. The Evidence gap map of productive safety nets focuses on interventions that can help people sustainably escape poverty. It was commissioned by USAID with the aim to inform poverty eradication programming post 2015.

The aim of the Evidence Gap Map is to enable policy-makers and practitioners to explore the findings of existing evidence on productive safety nets, facilitate evidence-based decision-making, and inform strategic research commissioning. Policymakers can easily choose focus areas such as social protection, financial services, and microenterprise support and interactively explore what evidence is available on their effects on 14 different poverty-related outcome categories.

This event will provide:

  • A brief demonstration of the evidence gap map to demonstrate its functionalities and to highlight potential uses for policy, practice and research commissioning
  • A brief overview of the state of existing evidence on the effectiveness of productive safety nets in low- and middle-income countries
  • Useful findings from high quality systematic reviews included in the gap map
  • Characteristics of evaluations that would best fill existing gaps in evidence
  • Opportunity for Q&A

Other readings: Evidence Gap Maps A Tool for Promoting Evidence-Informed Policy and Prioritizing Future Research

Event Details

Lead Organization

  • UNEG, 3ie


  • Webcast/Webinar


  • North America / United States of America

Start Date

  • 22 Sep 2015

End Date

  • 22 Sep 2015

Contact Person

  • UNEG Secretariat
  • uneg.contact@undp.org