Comparing the DCED Evidence Framework and BEAM Exchange Evidence Map

The DCED ‘Evidence Framework’ and the BEAM Exchange ‘Evidence Map’ are ‘go-to’ resources on evidence in private sector development and market systems development. This page summarises and compares their unique offer, to help you find the resources that best suit your needs.

DCED Evidence Framework  BEAM Evidence Map
  • Covers all major PSD approaches
  • Focuses on MSD programmes and their specific intervention areas
How it organises evidence:

  • Organises evidence in an overarching results chain of outputs, outcomes and impacts that PSD programmes typically aim to achieve
  • Each ‘link’ in the results chain provides a narrative of what works/ doesn’t work, links to individual studies and briefly summarises their key findings
How it organises evidence:

  • Organises evidence in a matrix of specific MSD intervention areas and four broad results levels
  • The matrix focuses on highlighting research gaps and the amount/ quality of research available on specific aspects; individual studies are hyperlinked
Useful for…

  • PSD Strategy Development
  • Writing Business Cases
  • Producing literature reviews on ‘what works’
 Useful for…

  • Accessing available studies for a variety of research uses
  • Identifying research gaps for future studies
 Types of resources referenced:

  • Focuses on robust/ high-confidence studies
  • Includes academic and programme-level evidence
  • References journals and publicly accessible research


 Types of resources referenced:

  • References all available studies on a specific aspect, distinguishing between low and high confidence studies
  • Focuses on programme-level evidence
  • Only references publicly accessible research