“Oops! Did I just ruin this impact evaluation?” Top 5 of mistakes and how the new Impact Evaluation Toolkit can help. | News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation.
What do we really know about how to build business capacity? A nice new paper by David McKenzie and Chris Woodruff takes a look at the evidence on business training programs – one of the more common tools used to build up small and medium enterprises. They do some work to make the papers somewhat… Read More Does Business Training Work? | News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation
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
Markus Goldstein dicsuses the pros and cons of Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) vs. paper questionaires in this World Bank blog. Paper v Plastic Part I: The survey revolution is in progress | News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation. MEbox : Message: Paper or Plastic? Part II: Approaching the survey… Read More Paper v Plastic: The survey revolution is in progress
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
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
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
Systematic Review Database. The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) has just launched the first online database of systematic reviews in international development. Funded by the UK Department for International Development, this database contains systematic reviews focusing on development interventions in low and middle income countries. Systematic reviews examine all the existing evidence on a… Read More Systematic Review Database | 3ie Impact Evaluation