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    How much do impact evaluations (really) help policymaking?

    By - 30 de June de 2016, 11:53 am

    by Eva Vivalt.

    Increasingly rigorous studies have been done on the effects of development programs with the hope that these studies’ results will inform policy decisions. 

    However, the same program often has different effects in different contexts. There are many different variables that can affect what will happen.

    The key question is then: to what extent can we generalize from a research study’s conclusions? 

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    If a policymaker were to decide to implement a program based on the results from impact evaluations, how different could they expect their own project’s results to be?

    Recently, I answered this question using data from over 600 studies in international development. The data focused on 20 different types of development programs, from conditional cash transfers to microfinance. Read more…

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