Strengthening systems for Transparent, Reproducible, and Ethical Evidence (TREE)
As researchers, funders, policymakers, and other actors dedicated to evidence-based decision-making, we want evaluations to produce credible and unbiased evidence which is meaningful for decision-makers. We also want our evaluations to be conducted while maintaining the highest ethical standards. This session presents the Transparent, Reproducible, and Ethical Evidence (TREE) Review Framework which aims to (i) establish ethical standards for how we design and implement evaluations; (ii) support researchers to integrate best practices in TREE into research workflow; and (iii) establish a timely, independent process that documents, monitors, and mitigates risks facing the ethical conduct of evaluations. The session provided the audience with an overview of the framework and tools. The panel comprised of researchers and research funders who have pilot-tested the TREE Review Framework in India and Cameroon, providing the audience with key takeaways, perspectives, and lessons learned from the field. The session ended with an invitation to the audience to participate in a guided Q&A session focused on how processes and tools such as the TREE Review Framework may strengthen their own systems for ethical conduct and oversight of evaluation.
Jennifer Sturdy, Senior Evaluation Specialist, 3ie
Bidisha Barooah, Lead Evaluation Specialist, 3ie
Chandan Jain, Evaluation Specialist, 3ie
Andrew Tangang, Research Fellow and Senior Policy Analyst, Effective Basic Services (eBase)
Charlotte Lane, Senior Evaluation Specialist, 3ie