Handbook on Impact evaluation

[Quantitative Methods and Practices]

Evaluation approaches for development programs have evolved considerably over the past two decades, spurred on by rapidly expanding research on impact evaluation and growing coordination across different research and policy institutions in designing programs. Comparing program effects across different regions and countries is also receiving greater attention, as programs target larger populations and become more ambitious in scope, and researchers acquire enough data to be able to test specifi c policy questions across localities. This progress, however, comes with new empirical and practical challenges. The challenges can be overwhelming for researchers and evaluators who often have to produce results within a short time span after the project or intervention is conceived, as both donors and governments are keen to regularly evaluate and monitor aid effectiveness. With multiple options available to design and evaluate a program, choosing a particular method in a specifi c context is not always an easy task for an evaluator, especially because the results may be sensitive to the context and methods applied. The evaluation could become a frustrating experience. With these issues in mind, we have written the Handbook on Impact Evaluation for two broad audiences—researchers new to the evaluation fi eld and policy makers involved in implementing development programs worldwide. We hope this book will offer an up-to-date compendium that serves the needs of both audiences, by presenting a detailed analysis of the quantitative research underlying recent program evaluations and case studies that refl ect the hands-on experience and challenges of researchers and program offi cials in implementing such methods.

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Jan 2010
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