Impact Evaluations: when, where, how

Doing and using impact evaluations: Example from a large scale experiment in Ghana

Speaker: Annie Duflo, Director, Innovations for Poverty Action
Date: 7 April, 17-18.30
Venue: Room B36, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London (map)

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When and where does it make sense to evaluate the impact of development programmes? How can we design impact evaluations as a learning tool to help us make better decisions? How can results from one context be used elsewhere?

In this talk, Annie will explore these questions though Innovations for Poverty Action's (IPA) experience with a programme that aims to improve learning levels of children in early grades. Evaluation results from India and Kenya showed that targeting instruction at the child’s level improves learning, for example, by deploying teaching assistants drawn from the community to teach remedial classes. Together with the Ghanaian government and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, IPA is working to determine the most effective way(s) to implement these lessons in this new context. 

This talk is relevant for anyone interested in designing, funding or evaluating programmes, using rigorous evaluation methods.

Annie Duflo is the Executive Director of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a non-profit organisation dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems. In partnership with academics from top universities and NGOs or governments around the world, IPA identifies or designs innovative programmes, and rigorously evaluates them, normally through randomised controlled trials. IPA has worked in many sectors (health, education, governance, water etc.) in over 50 countries.

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