Understanding the Impact of Community Led Development

By Sera Bulbul and Izzi Volonte – Updated November 24, 2020

In 2019, the Movement began a collaborative research study to better understand the impact of CLD practices, and the complex relationship between CLD and development outcomes. Over 400 evaluations were submitted by 30 organizations for this study. A team of 35 Program and Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) specialists from 23 organizations is working on this collaborative research. Read more here

To join the collaborative research team or learn more, write to Research Lead, Gunjan Veda at gunjan.veda@thp.org

Research questions

  1. How, why and under what circumstances has CLD led to improved development outcomes? 
  2. Is the present lack of evidence on the impact of CLD due to gaps related to theory of change, implementation, measurement, or a combination of all three?
  3. What adapted/emergent evaluation frameworks are most congruent with the complexity of CLD?

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Advisory Group

Scoping Group

The Scoping sub-group seeks to answer the following questions: What is CLD and how does it appear during the lifecycle of a program? What is the current state of CLD programming? To read more about the Scoping Group click here

Impact Group

The Impact sub-group sought to answer the following question: What does CLD do? For more information on the Impact Group click here

Evaluation Group

The Evaluation sub-group seeks to answer the following questions: What is the Impact of CLD? How do we capture this impact? To read more about the Evaluation Group, click here

Other Resources

Coordinator of this effort, Gunjan Veda, shared some initial findings in a 15-minute presentation in July (below)

Here is her slide deck – you can expand or download it by clicking on the >> at the right:

Our team has also produced literature reviews on the following CLD processes and characteristics: