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WACIE Helpdesk

The WACIE Helpdesk is a partnership between 3ie’s WACIE program and IDinsight. The Helpdesk provides rapid evidence synthesis and translation to help policymakers in West Africa answer targeted policy questions and design effective and cost-efficient development programs. The Helpdesk also connects interested policymakers to additional resources, such as remote, telephone-based data collection or rapid-cycle program evaluations.

Helpdesk support is focused on the countries in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU): Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. The Helpdesk is currently in its pilot phase and is staffed by the WACIE Secretariat in Cotonou and the IDinsight regional office in Dakar, Senegal, with engagement from the wider 3ie and IDinsight technical staff and other experts as needed. For additional information, please contact wacieassistance@3ieimpact.org.

Rapid Response Briefs

WACIE Helpdesk Rapid Response Briefs answer questions from West African policymakers about the design of development programming. Rapid Response Briefs identify and synthesize high-quality, context-relevant evidence surrounding which interventions are effective and how those programs should be implemented. Whenever possible, we rely on findings from systematic reviews, which combine results from all the relevant studies on a particular research question, yielding more reliable findings than individual studies. We supplement systematic reviews with evidence from impact evaluations and other studies from relevant contexts, especially from West Africa.

The Helpdesk is in a pilot phase. More details about the Helpdesk are forthcoming.

To submit a question, please contact wacieassistance@3ieimpact.org.

Completed WACIE Rapid Response Briefs:

What is the impact of school feeding programs on students’ results? (French version)
How do cash transfers compare to food distribution in humanitarian emergencies? (French version)