CEDIL/Centre for Evaluation Lecture Series The Impact of Impact Evaluations

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CEDIL/Centre for Evaluation Lecture Series  The Impact of Impact Evaluations

Time: June 17, 2020 from 12:45pm to 2pm
Location: Online
Event Type: webinar, 17th june 12.45-14.00 bst
Organized By: CEDIL/Centre for Evaluation Lecture Series
Latest Activity: Jun 17

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Speakers: Richard Manning and Ian Goldman

 

12.45-14.00 BST

17 June 2020

 

Online via the Collaborate platform. Join at this link: Join the online webinar here

 

In 2006 the Center for Global Development’s report ‘When Will We Ever Learn? Improving lives through impact evaluation’ bemoaned the lack of rigorous impact evaluations. The number of impact evaluations has since risen (to over 500 per year), as have those of systematic reviews and other synthesis products.

We researched international organizations and countries, including Mexico, Colombia, South Africa, Uganda, and Philippines, to understand how such products are being implemented and used, and what facilitates or inhibits their use.

While we see definite progress, we find that:

  • Impact evaluations are too often donor-driven, and not embedded in partner governments.
  • The willingness of policymakers to take evidence seriously is variable
  • The use of evidence is not tracked well enough
  • Impact evaluations should be seen within a broader spectrum of tools that support policymakers
  • Those who commission them need to learn from good practice in maximising the prospects of use

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