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  • LACEA’s Impact Evaluation Network: Call for Papers



    By Oscar Mitnik


    Call for papers

    The Impact Evaluation Network (IEN) of the Latin America and the Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) is calling for papers for its upcoming 10th Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place at the Inter-American Development Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC from Wednesday March 22 until Friday, March 24, 2017.

    Active since 2007, the IEN is an initiative that aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding impact evaluation of different policies in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The Network aims to promote impact evaluation methodologies, increase capacity building, and bridge research and policy in the region.

    The IEN is seeking papers that use impact evaluation techniques applied to programs or policies, with priority given to evaluations in countries in the region. Methodological papers advancing the state of knowledge of program evaluation techniques are also welcome. A scientific committee will review submitted papers, and select up to 13 papers for presentation.

    The meeting’s program will include a keynote address by Prof. Miguel Urquiola (Columbia University), the presentation of invited and contributed academic papers, as well as two panel discussions with policymakers, researchers, practitioners and representatives of multilateral organizations about actual policies, the implementations of programs, and their rigorous impact evaluation.

    Interested researchers, practitioners and advanced graduate students are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting even if they are not presenting papers. All participants (including paper presenters and discussants) must register here starting March 1st, 2017.

    Papers (in Word or PDF formats), and any inquiries concerning the meeting, should be sent by e-mail to:, not later than January 20th, 2017. Financial aid covering economy tickets and accommodation will be available for paper presenters only. Further information can be found here.

    About the author:

    Oscar Mitnik is lead specialist in the IDB’s Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness.


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