Regional Impact Evaluation Workshop Evaluating the Impact of Development Programs: Turning Promises into Evidence
Impact evaluations compare the outcomes of a program against a counterfactual that shows what would have happened without the program. They then generate knowledge of "what works" to achieve development goals. After the success of this workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal in February 2010, we strongly encourage you to attend.
Participants will have a unique "hands-on" opportunity to design their own impact evaluation for a project they are engaged in and learn the following.We strongly encourage you to attend.
In plenary sessions, participants will learn:
- the importance of impact evaluation and monitoring & evaluation (M&E)
- developing a results chain to track inputs, outputs, and outcomes
- the link between M&E and impact evaluation
- how to design and implement impact evaluations
- operational aspects of implementing impact evaluations
- review concrete examples of World Bank projects in SD and HD that have conducted impact evaluations
In separate, parallel sessions designed for either policymakers (those with less econometric knowledge) or for technical professionals (those versed in econometrics), participants will review the quantitative methods and techniques used in impact evaluation:
- For policy makers: causality, efficacy vs. scalability, designing an evaluation in an operational context, sampling and power issues, and other topics.
- For technical professionals: causal inference, experimental design, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, matching, and other topics.
In group sessions, participants will break into project teams to apply the tools learned in the plenary and parallel sessions to their specific projects. In particular, the project teams will:
- work with expert moderators to design an impact evaluation for their project by creating a results chain; identifying research questions, indicators and data sources; and outlining an identification strategy (sampling, rollout, and other issues)
- present their evaluation designs at the end of the workshop and receive feedback
Priority will be given to participants who have INTACT project teams wanting to incorporate impact evaluation into their project. For clarification, "intact" refers to teams with
- Head of project or senior policy official from relevant ministry
- 1-2 technical specialists from appropriate ministries
- 1-2 operational staff involved in project implementation
- a researcher from a local research organization / representative from a donor agency