West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation

Guillaume Colin and Pauline Penot

The West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation (WACIE) program is a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. 3ie is leading this program in partnership with the Government of Benin.

WACIE MAPThe program aims to promote the culture of evidence-informed decision-making among high-level policy makers, especially those within the finance, economy and planning ministries. This will be conducted primarily through evaluation capacity-building activities; the production of high-quality, rigorous evidence; and continuous engagement with leading stakeholders to ensure evidence uptake and use.

This programme has received technical and financial support from the Benin government, the West African Economic and Monetary Union, the West African Development Bank and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Download programme brief (English and French)

Latest publication: Read the Regional Scoping Study for the WACIE program

To examine and document evaluation capacity and needs in eight countries under the WACIE program, 3ie commissioned Johns Hopkins University to conduct an exploratory study to examine the situation in terms of demand and supply of impact evaluations, experiences and infrastructural capacities for the implementation and use of evaluation results.

Read the scoping report in English
Read the scoping report in French

Goals and outcomes

We hope to achieve five principal outcomes through this program:

  • Better understanding of the supply of and demand for rigorous evidence in West Africa;
  • Improved capacity in WACIE countries to articulate evaluable questions and to conduct evaluations;
  • More high-quality evidence on policy issues that are priorities for WACIE countries;
  • More take-up of high-quality evidence by relevant stakeholders that affects people’s lives; and
  • More buy-in from governments to institutionalize evaluation.

First conference of the West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation Program, Cotonou, Bénin,  28 – 29 January 2019

3ie and the Government of Benin, in collaboration with other partners, organised a two-day conference to present the West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation (WACIE) Program activities, and share findings from a scoping study on evaluation capacity and opportunities in the region. Read more

Benin Evaluation Days, Cotonou, Benin, 6 – 8 August 2018

The Benin Evaluation Days (Journées Béninoises de l’Evaluation) is a bi-annual event organised by the Benin government, which brings together regional actors to promote the culture of evaluation and evidence-informed policymaking. On day 1, the Benin government introduced regional actors to the West Africa Capacity Building and Impact Evaluation program, which it jointly manages in partnership with 3ie. The event received good local press coverage. News articles on the conference were published in La Nation, a national daily newspaper and Benin7, a leading news website. Both the articles quote Pascal Koupaki, Minister of State, and Secretary of the Presidency, Benin and Abdoulaye Gounou, chief of the Bureau of Public Policy Evaluation, Benin and 3ie board commissioner.

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West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation Program

Programme overview Brief 3ie 2019
This brief provides an overview of a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionlisation of evaluation in government systems across eight countries in West Africa; including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. 3ie is leading this program in partnership with the Government of Benin.

There are no impact evaluations
There are no systematic reviews
There are no evidence gap maps
There are no replication studies