Centre for Development Studies

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Triple Line Consulting Ltd.

January 2013 - December 2014

Principle Investigators: James Copestake, Joe Devine and Triple Line

Funding Body: ESRC and the Technology Strategy Board

Total Value of Award: £102,182

Project Rationale and Aims:

The aim of the KTP is help Triple Line secure and strengthen its business niche as a specialist manager of challenge funds contracted to it by development agencies, by helping it to develop innovative systems and mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and reporting to stakeholders on the impact of the funds it manages. This is intended to promote more efficient, effective and transparent use of challenge funds as a mechanism for disbursement of aid funds to smaller organisations to promote innovative activities, primarily in pursuit of long-term global poverty reduction.

The rationale is that Triple Line needs to invest more in research and development of appropriate data management systems, skills and analytical capacity in monitoring, impact measurement and evaluation of challenge funds. It has approached Bath because it recognises that this require it to develop a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different evaluation methodologies and designs.

The means to do this is for Bath to appoint a research associate who will work alongside Triple Line staff, reviewing its existing systems, researching alternatives and taking the lead in piloting and mainstreaming innovative practices of challenge fund monitoring and evaluation. This project is a form of action research that will enable Bath staff to work with a company that is directly engaged in the implementation of challenge funds, thus enriching their understanding of the practicalities of their operation and providing an opportunity for testing innovative impact evaluation methodologies across a portfolio of development activities. This will add to the range and scope of the University’s research programme, enhancing its practical relevance and hence the Universities’ impact.

Project Outputs and Impact:

The core output for Triple Line will be improved systems and mechanisms for evaluation of challenge funds. The project will also enable it to facilitate networking about good practice in this field across the development sector. Published outputs are expected to include at least two working papers, jointly published by Triple Line and the Centre for Development Studies, and at least two papers in peer-reviewed academic journals – e.g. Enterprise Development and Microfinance and World Development.

For more information about this project please contact:

Name: Prof James Copestake
Title: Professor
Department: Dept of Social and Policy Sciences
Location: 3 East 3.39
E-mail: j.g.copestake@bath.ac.uk
Phone: work+44 (0) 1225 383859