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    Can impact evaluations improve project execution?

    By - 8 de November de 2018, 10:25 am

    By Anna Crespo

    Development agencies are in a privileged position to foster a better understanding of program results and how to improve them. And it is in their interest to do so. After all, they want to sponsor effective interventions. One of these tools—impact evaluation—has been on the rise in international development in the last two decades. Not only can they isolate and measure the effect of an intervention, but the availability of high-quality data has broadened the type of questions that evaluations can answer. But could impact evaluations go beyond their well-known role of contributing to knowledge and accountability, to a much broader role of supporting policy makers in executing projects? Read more…

    How to use modern technology to collect high-quality data

    By - 3 de August de 2017, 10:22 am

    By Maja Schling

    The use of modern technology is more affordable than ever, and electronic tools now offer a cost-effective alternative to paper questionnaires to collect high-quality data. To help you decide whether the use of computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) is for you, this blog reviews the advantages and potential pitfalls of using CAPI and shares a recent experience of conducting a survey in Guyana using free software developed by Survey Solutions.

    Photo: The Consultancy Group Guyana, July 2016.
    Using survey software for data collection in Guyana

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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…