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Initiatives to support impact evaluation. Howard White, IEG, World Bank Nick York, DFID. World Bank. IEG Current program of 1-2 studies a year, initially supported by DFID ( Three completed so far, 3 underway Aim is to provide policy-relevant rigorous studies

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initiatives to support impact evaluation

Initiatives to support impact evaluation

Howard White, IEG, World Bank

Nick York, DFID

world bank
World Bank
  • IEG
    • Current program of 1-2 studies a year, initially supported by DFID (
    • Three completed so far, 3 underway
    • Aim is to provide policy-relevant rigorous studies
  • DIME (Development Impact Evaluation)
    • Research department (DEC) initiative to provide support to IE by operations
    • Provides technical support and some seed money, main costs of study to be part of the loan. Workshops are held on evaluation design for projects entering the program. (There is a separate weekly IE seminar series).
    • Plan to have meta-analyses: current areas of focus are conditional cash transfers, urban upgrading, early child development and education service delivery
    • Currently 122 studies are being supported by this initiative and a further 55 in the planning stage. Just over half of them (69) are experimental, the rest quasi-experimental
world bank resources
World Bank resources
  • IEG IE site
    • Studies
    • Booklets (Bamberger and White)
  • DEC IE site
    • Database (111 studies)
    • Working papers
    • Methods documents
    • Consultant database (for Bank staff only)
cgd and the leading edge group
CGD and the Leading Edge group
  • Evaluation Gap report ‘When will we ever learn?’: argued very few studies assessing if aid programs actually make a difference
  • Bellagio conference obtained funding commitments from Foundations and bilateral agencies
  • Leading Edge group:
    • Support for rigorous impact evaluation for social sector interventions
    • Encouraging developing country participation and ownership
    • Want complementarity with ‘network of networks’ (us)
    • Will start commissioning mid-next year, aiming to support up to 30 studies a year