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Institutionalizing Impact Evaluation in Human DevelopmentTheSpanish Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF)

Sebastian Martinez

Human Development Network

World Bank


Impact Evaluation Portfolio in Human Development

  • 67% of IEs at the WB are in HD

  • Total of 125 IEs in HD

    • 98 IEs are considered ‘ongoing’ – have an evaluation designed or data collected

    • By Sector:

      • Education (42%)

      • Health (28%)

      • Social Protection (25%)

      • Cross-cutting (5%)


Regional Distribution of HD IEs


Spanish Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF)

  • Gov. of Spain and World Bank:

    • Shard interest in Results Agenda

  • TF Managed by HD Network:

    • Build global knowledge about what works

    • Build capacity to conduct and consume IE

    • Disseminate knowledge and improve effectiveness of social policy

  • 11M Euros between 2007-2010

    • Largest TF for IE at WB

    • But many others supporting and promoting IE


SIEF Priorities:

  • Gov. of Spain sets priority areas & countries

    • Evaluation of interventions that improve HD Outcomes

      • 11 broad areas

      • 66 countries

  • Policy relevance is key criteria

    • Test innovative approaches/new questions

    • Large programs

  • Favor prospective evaluations with robust methodolgies

    • Experimental & Quasi-experimental

      • Control Groups


SIEF: Building Global Knowledge About What Works

  • Three windows of IE funding:

    • Quick wins: $1.5 million

      • IEs giving results in 1-2 years

    • Cluster Fund: $6.0 million

      • Funding programs of evaluation

    • Innovation Fund: $1.5 million

      • Funding stand-alone, highly innovative evaluations


SIEF: Cluster Fund ($6m)

  • First call for Proposals:

    • Large demand for IE funding

    • $42 million in requests

    • 34 Proposed clusters (16 of > 3 proposals)

    • 163 Individual proposals

  • Short listed 7 clusters with $10M of requested funding


SIEF Funded Clusters

  • Youth to Work Transition/Active Labor Markets

  • Conditional Cash Transfers (second generation)

  • Basic Education Accountability

  • Health Contracting / Performance

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Malaria Control


Cluster Approach

  • Improve coordination and quality of evaluation activities:

    • Generate “body of knowledge”

      • Meta-analyses

    • Communities of Practice:

      • Common measurement tools

      • Cross-fertilization between evaluation teams

    • Quality:

      • External peer review to access funds

      • Cluster leaders provide TA


SIEF: Capacity Development in IE

  • 5 field-based regional evaluation workshops per year in partnership with region

    • 150-200 participants: government, development partners, NGOs, academic

    • 10-20 IE experts & moderators

    • Organized around project teams

      • Technical/policy tracks

      • Lectures followed by hands on application to projects

      • Teams develop their own IE concept note

      • Presentations and feedback from colleagues


Dissemination Activities

  • Publication costs

  • Spanish translation costs

  • SIEF website and public use databases

  • Global/regional conferences


www.worldbank.org/sief


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