Trinity IMpact Evaluation (TIME) is a research group recently established by the Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin. The unit will bring together economics researchers, development practitioners and policy makers in a collective effort to estimate and understand the impact of development aid and investments.
Building on Trinity’s strong research record in development, TIME aims to provide strong evidence of what development aid and investments works, so that better investments that have real impact on the development process can be made.
The five founding members Prof Fadi Hassan, Prof Michael King, Prof Tara Mitchell, Prof Gaia Narciso and Prof Carol Newman, are undertaking research projects in Uganda, Senegal and Kenya. Current research work includes evaluating the impact of nutritional information campaigns, utilising e-recording technology in savings groups and distributing solar lamps to primary school children.
“By producing research of the highest academic standard TIME will contribute to the global debate on the economic development process and the underlying mechanisms at work,” explained Prof Carol Newman
While the central objective of TIME will be to produce research of the highest academic standard, TIME will also facilitate the dissemination of research more widely and provide training to development practitioners on rigorous methods of impact evaluation.
The establishment of the research group was announced at the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) Trin Talks seminar entitled ‘Measuring Impact in Development Projects: The New Industry Standard’. Speakers at the event included Prof Billy Jack of Georgetown University, Connell Foley of Concern Worldwide and Prof Gaia Narciso and Prof Carol Newman of the Department of Economics and the new TIME unit.