There is ample evidence that managers have a large effect on firm performance and productivity. In a recent study of the performance of development projects in Latin America we find that project team leaders matter for project success, and to the extent that they do, on aggregate they matter for the success of development finance. Even if the impact of additional development … [Read more...] about Do Leaders Matter?
In 2008 a couple of economists from the IDB visited the Peruvian Ministry of Education to meet with the Education Technology Director. Our purpose was to evaluate an old IDB-project that provided computer labs to middle schools. We were welcomed and were provided with all the support to carry out that evaluation. We were told that the Government's real interest was in … [Read more...] about And the jury is back: One Laptop per Child is not enough
Yesterday (January 16th) we started in Santiago de Chile an International Workshop on Surveys and Impact Evaluation. This is a joint effort of the IDB, the Public Health School at the University of Chile and Sistemas Integrales. This workshop is also supported by the World Bank and the Spanish Fund for Impact Evaluation. The 100 participants come from more than 20 countries … [Read more...] about Chile: the place to be today to learn about evaluation of public policies!