By Brian Quistorff. The new module for Synthetic Control Methods “synth_runner” helps conduct multiple estimations, inference, diagnostics, and generate visualizations of results.” The Synthetic Control Methodology (SCM) (Abadie and Gardeazabal, 2003, Abadie et al., 2010, hereafter ADH) is a data-drive approach to small-sample comparative case-studies for estimating … [Read more...] about The synth_runner Package: Utilities to Automate Synthetic Control Estimation Using synth
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Disseminating the results of an impact evaluation is key to have a real impact in development policies By Paloma Acevedo* After designing, implementing, and analyzing the data, the results of your impact evaluation are ready to see the light! After all the effort you and your team have devoted to the evaluation, you know that the intervention is twice as effective when it … [Read more...] about How to increase the impact of your impact evaluation ?
By Gastón Gertner* Data are to impact evaluation what raw materials are to a production process. At the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD) we encourage teams working in impact evaluations to implement best-practices in their data collection efforts to ensure high-quality evaluations. Many impact evaluations use data collected through the … [Read more...] about Data collection: The primary ingredient for an impact evaluation
By Maria Amelia Gibbons* and Xia Li** An impact evaluation should be considered an “operation within an operation” and requires adequate funding, appropriate staff, and sufficient technical support. You will likely need to identify and contract service providers. It is very important in terms of cost- and time-efficiency to have carefully established the roles and … [Read more...] about Planning ahead: Key to a successful impact evaluation
Designing an impact evaluation that is rigorous, feasible and relevant can be a challenging but rewarding experience. Political, technical, and operational criteria that at first might seem incompatible must be reconciled and made to work in unison. The good news is that there is often a way around these seemingly competing criteria, and a growing number of high-quality impact … [Read more...] about What you need to design an impact evaluation