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When Will We Ever Learn? Improving Lives Through Impact Evaluation by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
January 30, 2007, 7:03 pm
Filed under: Development theory, If you have time for longer reading!

The Center for Global Development published a much-talked-about report on monitoring and evaluation – it’s provocative in its analysis and practical in its recommendations. Download the pdf here.

Each year billions of dollars are spent on thousands of programs to improve health, education and other social sector outcomes in the developing world. But very few programs benefit from studies that could determine whether or not they actually made a difference. This absence of evidence is an urgent problem: it not only wastes money but denies poor people crucial support to improve their lives.

This report by the Evaluation Gap Working Group provides a strategic solution to this problem addressing this gap, and systematically building evidence about what works in social development, proving it is possible to improve the effectiveness of domestic spending and development assistance by bringing vital knowledge into the service of   and program design.

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