Development Impact Evaluation Initiative (DIME)

The Development Impact Evaluation Initiative is a World Bank-wide program to generate knowledge on the effectiveness of development policies. Working across 18 thematic areas, DIME collaborates with 300 agencies in 72 countries to improve the effectiveness of policies and programs and strengthen country capacity for real-time evidence-based policy-making. via Development Impact Evaluation Initiative.

Impact Evaluation Toolkit | The World Bank

Measuring the Impact of Results-Based Financing on Maternal and Child Health This World Bank toolkit offers a step-by-step guide on how to evaluate the impact of interventions, especially those related to maternal and child health and those involving results-based financing (RBF). According to its developer, the World Bank Human Development Network, the guide can also… Read More Impact Evaluation Toolkit | The World Bank

Impact Evaluation Toolkit | The World Bank

Measuring the Impact of Results-Based Financing on Maternal and Child Health This World Bank toolkit offers a step-by-step guide on how to evaluate the impact of interventions, especially those related to maternal and child health and those involving results-based financing (RBF). According to its developer, the World Bank Human Development Network, the guide can also… Read More Impact Evaluation Toolkit | The World Bank

World Bank | Handbook on Impact Evaluation | Quantitative Methods and Practices

Handbook on Impact Evaluation: Quantitative Methods and Practices, by Shahidur R. Khandker, Gayatri B. Koolwal, Hussain A. Samad, The World Bank, Washington DC, 2010, online at http://tinyurl.com/cm4q99v Identifying the precise effects of a policy is a complex and challenging task. This issue is particularly salient in an uncertain economic climate, where governments are under great… Read More World Bank | Handbook on Impact Evaluation | Quantitative Methods and Practices

World Bank | Handbook on Impact Evaluation | Quantitative Methods and Practices

Handbook on Impact Evaluation: Quantitative Methods and Practices, by Shahidur R. Khandker, Gayatri B. Koolwal, Hussain A. Samad, The World Bank, Washington DC, 2010, online at http://tinyurl.com/cm4q99v Identifying the precise effects of a policy is a complex and challenging task. This issue is particularly salient in an uncertain economic climate, where governments are under great… Read More World Bank | Handbook on Impact Evaluation | Quantitative Methods and Practices

How to monitor and evaluate anti-corruption agencies

How to monitor and evaluate anti-corruption agencies: Guidelines for agencies, donors, and evaluators This report provides technical, methodological, and practical guidance to assist staff of Anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) in undertaking monitoring and evaluation and shows how the outcomes and impact of the work of ACAs can be evaluated in an objective, evidence-based manner. Download Report… Read More How to monitor and evaluate anti-corruption agencies

Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF), World Bank

The Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund is a new trust fund established within the World Bank to carry out and support research evaluating the impact of programs to alleviate poverty. The knowledge generated will provide evidence for designing more effective policies and programs. The SIEF will finance impact evaluations in the areas of: 1) Early Childhood… Read More Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF), World Bank

DCED: Measuring and Reporting Results – The DCED Standard

The articulation of results chains, as mandated by the DCED Standard, helps programmes to realistically illustrate why they are doing what they are doing, how their individual work would help in achieving development impact, and provides the basis for assessing if and to what extent changes are taking place. However, drawing results chains can be… Read More DCED: Measuring and Reporting Results – The DCED Standard

IPA is fighting Poverty with Innovation, Evidence and Action

Innovations for Poverty Action http://www.poverty-action.org is a US nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. We design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale. IPA uses randomized evaluations because they provide the highest quality and most reliable answers to… Read More IPA is fighting Poverty with Innovation, Evidence and Action

Jeff Sachs, the Millennium Villages Project, and Misconceptions about Impact Evaluation

Jeff Sachs, the Millennium Villages Project, and Misconceptions about Impact Evaluation | News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/jeff-sachs-the-millennium-villages-project-and-misconceptions-about-impact-evaluation News that another $72 million has been committed for a second stage of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) has led to another round of critical discussion as to what can be… Read More Jeff Sachs, the Millennium Villages Project, and Misconceptions about Impact Evaluation

Jeff Sachs, the Millennium Villages Project, and Misconceptions about Impact Evaluation | News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation

Jeff Sachs, the Millennium Villages Project, and Misconceptions about Impact Evaluation | News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation. News that another $72 million has been committed for a second stage of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) has led to another round of critical discussion as to what can be learning… Read More Jeff Sachs, the Millennium Villages Project, and Misconceptions about Impact Evaluation | News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation

Improving donor support for governance: the case for more rigorous impact evaluation

Rigorous governance evaluation poses three key challenges: • Governance outcomes are difficult to quantify. • Rigorous impact evaluation can capture no more than narrow aspects of complex, ‘system-wide’governance support and short-term impacts. • A lack of incentive, since evaluation results may constrain political choices. Past evaluations provide valuable recommendations to tackle these challenges. In quantifying… Read More Improving donor support for governance: the case for more rigorous impact evaluation

Theory-Based Impact Evaluation: Principles and Practice, by Howard White

theory-based approach to impact evaluation maps out the causal chain from inputs to outcomes and impact, and tests the underlying assumptions. Despite wide agreement that this approach will address the why question, it has not often been effectively used. Most studies make speculations as to the reasons for impact, or differences in impact, rather than… Read More Theory-Based Impact Evaluation: Principles and Practice, by Howard White

3ie’s new Working Paper on Oxfam GB’s approach to evaluating its effectiveness

Non Governmental Organisations often struggle with how they can access useful and reliable evidence on whether their interventions are actually making an impact. In the new working paper ‘Can we obtain the required rigour without randomisation?’ , authors Karl Hughes and Claire Hutchings describe some of the challenges NGOs face in accessing credible feedback on… Read More 3ie’s new Working Paper on Oxfam GB’s approach to evaluating its effectiveness

Micro-methods in evaluating governance interventions

Although billions of dollars have been invested on improving governance in developing countries in the past decade, few of the programmes that have received funding have been subjected to strong and rigorous impact evaluation. The aim of the paper is to answer three key questions: what are the features of governance interventions that make rigorous… Read More Micro-methods in evaluating governance interventions

IDS – Impact and Aid Effectiveness: Mapping the Issues and Their Consequences

In this virtual Bulletin we bring together ten articles dating from across three decades. They all address Impact. From the outset, we note that there are a number of common threads and ideas that stretch across all the articles: The implicit emphasis of all the articles on complexity The breadth and depth of impact analysis,… Read More IDS – Impact and Aid Effectiveness: Mapping the Issues and Their Consequences

Learning how to learn: eight lessons for impact evaluations that make a difference – Resources – Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Learning how to learn: eight lessons for impact evaluations that make a difference – Resources – Overseas Development Institute (ODI). This Background Note outlines key lessons on impact evaluations, utilisation-focused evaluations and evidence-based policy. While methodological pluralism is seen as the key to effective impact evaluation in development, the emphasis here is not methods per… Read More Learning how to learn: eight lessons for impact evaluations that make a difference – Resources – Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

IDB calls for proposals about impact assessment methodologies

Mira – Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. IDB calls for proposals about impact assessment methodologies in Latin America and the Caribbean Deadline for submissions is June 13th. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is calling for proposals about “Measuring Institutional Impact on the Region of the Americas (MIRA).” The Bank will select eight proposals to carry out… Read More IDB calls for proposals about impact assessment methodologies