How to evaluate impact in intensely interdisciplinary research

Interdisciplinary research is an invaluable tool with the unique potential to address “wicked problems”. Engaging in this type of research and in evaluating its impact requires creative thinking and innovative solution finding.

How do we evaluate impact in research that is deeply interdisciplinary in an accurately representative way?

CEDIL is hosting a webinar to bring together some Action Against Stunting Hub representatives and its research partners to look at how they tackle the question of evaluating the long-term impacts of their research.

The speakers

Claire Heffernan Chair: Professor Claire Heffernan, Principal Investigator

Professor Claire Heffernan is Director of the London International Development Centre and Chair of International Development at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC.) She holds a joint appointment with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM.) Her work at the Centre focuses on facilitating interdisciplinary research across seven University of London institutions aimed at addressing critical challenges in international development.

Current thematic areas include nutrition, health, agriculture, humanitarian emergencies, zoonotic diseases, impact evaluation and education. Claire’s particular areas of expertise include the application of interdisciplinary research within the development sphere in addition to the emerging paradigm of solutions-based research.




Ir Umi Fhamida

Dr Umi Fahmida, Country Lead Indonesia, and Co-Investigator

Dr Ir. Umi Fahmida, MSc is academic staff at SEAMEO Regional Centre for Food and Nutrition (SEAMEO RECFON) at the Universitas Indonesia (UI) since 1997. She earned her Doctorate degree in Nutrition (2003) and MSc in Community Nutrition (1997) from SEAMEO-TROPMED RCCN Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia and her bachelor’s degree from Faculty of Agriculture Technology, Bogor Agriculture University (1995). She won the GTZ Fellowship Awards for both her Master’s and Doctorate studies.

Her research interest is in infant/child growth and development – in relation to micronutrient and care-related aspects (in particular feeding care and psychosocial care) – and food methodologies and applications particularly on linear/goal programming to develop/evaluate food-based dietary guidelines; food security.



Howard White, Research Director – Chair, CEDIL Steering Group

Howard is Chief Executive Officer of the Campbell Collaboration. Previously he was the founding Executive Director of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and before that led the impact evaluation programme of the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. He started his career as an academic researcher at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, and the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. As an academic he leans toward work with policy relevance, and working in the policy field leans toward academic rigour as a basis for policy and practice.

Event details

When: 24 May, 2021 - 12:00 pm

Where: Online