February 15, 2011 – Announcements
IDB launches call for proposals for impact assessment of institutional capacity initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the Call for Proposals “Measuring Institutional Impact on the Region of the Americas (MIRA
),” which seeks to identify candidates for which it will
provide funding totaling up to $50,000 for each of eight proposals to carry out impact assessment methodologies in institutional strengthening programs for government agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The competition aims to help achieve the following:
* Demonstrate that institutional strengthening initiatives achieve their principal objectives and therefore contribute to economic development. * Reduce the knowledge gap on the impact of institutional strengthening. * Improve the design of future public policies.
* Document the need to incorporate evaluation components in the design of such interventions.
The formulation of an effective methodology for assessing impact on programs to strengthen institutional capacity is critical for ensuring that these activities achieve their principal objectives, which are to help improve public policies, increase competitiveness, and promote economic development and social equity.
The MIRA competition is open to public institutions either individually or in partnership with nonprofit or for-profit organizations, academic institutions, research centers, or bilateral development agencies.
A committee of experts will evaluate the proposals according to the clarity of their objectives, their capacity to provide empirical documentation on the impact of
capacity strengthening initiatives, their ability to demonstrate causal relationships based on the results, and their incorporation of elements of cost-efficiency.
The eight winners will have the opportunity to work with IDB specialists in developing their methodologies, which will help provide them with recognition as leaders in
issues of institutional capacity building and impact assessment. The winners will
receive up to an additional $25,000 to replicate their methodologies in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The competition is open until *May 15, 2011*. For information on how to send proposals, please visit http://www.iadb.org/MIRA .
The MIRA Contest
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