How can we create a government culture which produces evidence-based public policy? That is the central question to the latest report by J-PAL (The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) “Creating a culture of evidence: lessons from J-PAL partnerships with Latin America.” J-PAL is a think tank co-funded by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, two of the 2019 Nobel Prize of … [Read more...] about 4 recommendations for promoting evidence-based public policy
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 … [Read more...] about Can impact evaluations improve project execution?
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 … [Read more...] about How much do impact evaluations (really) help policymaking?