“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

“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.

Does Business Training Work? | 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

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

Paper v Plastic: The survey revolution is in progress

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?

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,

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

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

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

Systematic Review Database | 3ie 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