Challenges in Real-World Impact Evaluations: Some Learning on Costs and Timeliness

IEU Working Paper No. 03, 2019

28 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2019

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Jyotsna Puri

University of Maryland - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics; International Initiative for Impact Evaluation; United Nations - Development Programme (UNDP); World Bank Group

Francis Rathinam

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

Date Written: May 9, 2019

Abstract

This working paper analyses real-world impact evaluations in development sectors in low- and middle-income countries. Using the example of grants-for impact evaluations given by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), it explores key drivers of costs, and causes for delays. The analyses provide insights into managing impact evaluations for real-world programmes where the programme team and the impact evaluation team are typically different, start with different objectives and have different timelines. It concludes with emerging lessons and directions for researchers, implementers and donors that are keen to build learning and impact evaluations into their programmes.

Suggested Citation

Puri, Jyotsna and Puri, Jyotsna and Rathinam, Francis Xavier, Challenges in Real-World Impact Evaluations: Some Learning on Costs and Timeliness (May 9, 2019). IEU Working Paper No. 03, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3387328 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3387328

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