In this paper, impact evaluation firm IDinsight argues that, in order to more effectively inform development action, impact evaluations must be adapted to serve as context-specific tools for decision-making that feed into local solution-finding systems. Towards this end, a new kind of impact evaluation has recently emerged, one that prioritises the implementer’s specific decision-making needs over potential contributions to a global body of knowledge. These ‘decision-focused evaluations’ are driven by implementer demand, tailored to implementer needs and constraints and embedded within implementer structures. By reframing the primary evaluation objective, they allow implementers to generate and use rigorous evidence more quickly, more affordably and more effectively than ever before.
The authors, Neil Buddy Shah, Paul Wang, Andrew Fraker and Daniel Gastfriend, suggest strategies for involving all stakeholders, increasing demand for and supply of decision-focused evaluations, effectually using knowledge- and decision-focused evaluation methods and incorporating other systems and considerations to maximise the social impact of impact evaluations.
This paper presents a unifying framework for understanding the impact of India’s National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) on livelihoods and social outcomes. It derives key insight from the literature on economic growth. This paper is part of our ongoing Rural India Livelihoods Program supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The authors of this report present findings of a rapid evidence assessment on the effects of democracy and freedom interventions in democratic backsliding contexts. This report was commissioned by the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
This paper summarizes the findings of a learning study on the processes and lessons from recent efforts of the Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Telangana governments to improve sanitation services and provide employment opportunities to urban collectives through fecal sludge management, and operation and maintenance of community and public toilets.