The What Works Independent Advisory Board (IAB) met for the first time in December 2014 in London. Its role to provide independent strategic advice and quality assurance to ensure What Works produces the highest calibre of research.

The meeting was chaired by Dr Claudia Garcia-Moreno of the World Health Organization, and brought together Riet Groenen, UN Women, Mendy Marsh, UNICEF, Jennifer McCleary-Sills, World Bank, and Sapana Pradhan Malla, Senior Advocate and Former Member of the Constituent Assembly.

IAB members agreed to guide the What Works programme and act as an independent reporting mechanism to the UK Department for International Development (DFID). As the What Works programme progresses, independent evaluators who are still to be appointed will assist the IAB in its quality assurance function.

The IAB has strongly emphasized the need to combine efforts across all three components of the What Works programme where feasible, for example coordinating projects that are working in common countries, all supported by Technical Advisory Groups. The aim will be to ensure that What Works moves beyond discrete projects to make a larger case for what works in prevention programming.

Board members will also use their networks to reach out to national partners and ensure governments and policy makers are involved with What Works initiatives from the outset and achieve the greatest policy impact possible.