Social Protection, Livelihoods and Asset Building

Evaluation Methods

This research program uses innovative methods to carry out systematic, rigorous impact evaluations of its projects. Such program evaluation serves several functions:

  1. it determines the effectiveness of the program design and the efficiency of the investment;
  2. it identifies design and implementation issues requiring change or improvement;
  3. it explains how people view the program and respond to it, including why they do or do not respond to program incentives; and
  4. it increases transparency, making government more accountable.

The evaluations use a variety of methods, including the collection of quantitative longitudinal household and individual data, randomized or quasi-randomized designs, focus groups, semi-structured interviews, and ethnographic community and household case studies.

The mixing of various state-of-the-art methods and disciplines is critical for a full understanding of impacts and effectiveness of the projects we evaluate.