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Agriculture and Local Development Impact Evaluation Workshop

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Agriculture and Local Development Impact Evaluation Workshop


Multi-Country Workshop on Impact Evaluation of Agriculture and Community-Driven Development Programs in Addis Ababa, April 13-16 2009 

The multi-country workshop on impact evaluation of Agriculture and Community-Driven Development Programs brought together high-level delegations from implementing agencies of World Bank projects in 15 countries, focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The participating government delegations represented three areas of Bank operations: agricultural development, community-driven development (CDD), and local governance. Each of the participating agencies has recognized that impact evaluations could make a difference for the potential of their programs to achieve results on the ground: Prospective impact evaluations allow decision-makers to test alternative approaches to service delivery and scale up what has proven to be most effective.  

The workshop equipped managerial and technical staff of implementing agencies with the tools and resources to make policy decisions that are based on rigorous, scientific evidence of program effectiveness. Workshop activities included hands-on training in impact evaluation methods, and the development of concrete impact evaluation plans.  

Most importantly, the workshop matched government delegations and World Bank project teams with partners in academia and in the donor community to pursue the evidence-based improvement of major government programs collaboratively. Through the [AADAPT] and [PRIMEGovernance] programs, the Africa Impact Evaluation Initiative ensures that the impact evaluation proposals developed at the workshop are being put into practice out with all necessary technical support.  

A number of delegations at the workshop came with prior experience in implementing impact evaluations, while other agencies were introducing impact evaluations for the first time. This constellation allowed new project teams to learn from existing experiences and resulted in productive discussions of impact evaluation findings and policy questions.  

The Addis Ababa workshop was organized jointly by the World Bank’s Africa Results and Learning Unit (AFTRL), the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) Initiative, the Africa Agriculture and Rural Development Unit (AFTAR), and the Gender Action Plan (GAP). Generous support from the GAP and the Belgian Poverty Reduction Partnership is gratefully acknowledged.


Workshop participants included delegations from 20 World Bank projects in 15 countries.

Burkina Faso Community-Based Rural Development Project (PNGT)
Central African Republic Vulnerable Groups Support Community Development Project
D.R. Congo Agricultural Rehabilitation and Recovery Project
Ethiopia Pastoral Communities Development Project
Ethiopia Ethiopian Nile Irrigation and Drainage Project
Ethiopia Food Security Coordnation 
Ethiopia Rural Capacity Bulding Project
Gambia Community-Driven Development Project
Ghana Productive Safety Nets Program
Guinea Village Community Support Program (PACV)
Malawi Agricultural Commercialization Project
Mozambique PROIRRI
Mozambique Smallholder Agriculture Project
Nigeria Fadama III
Nigeria CADP
Philippines Kalahi-CIDSS Program
Sierra Leone Institutional Reform and Capacity Building Project (IRCBP) and GoBifo Program
Tanzania Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF)
Uganda Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF)

Impact evaluation experts of the World Bank, as well as academic researchers from various institutions worked with the delegations throughout the conference to develop impact evaluation designs that address crucial policy questions. Workshop facilitators from the following institutions were present:

  • Graduate Institute of Development Studies, Geneva
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)
  • UC Berkeley - Center for Evaluation for Global Action (CEGA)
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Padova
  • Yale University

In addition, the following partner institutions were represented at the workshop:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
  • United Nations Mission in the Congo (MONUC)
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 3IE International Initiative for Impact Evaluation
  • Addis Ababa University Department of Economics

Agenda and Materials

Agriculture and Local Development Impact Evaluation Workshop
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 13-16, 2009

The complete workshop agenda can be downloaded here: [English] [Français]

Introduction and partner institutions

  • Impact Evaluation for Real-Time Decision Making (Arianna Legovini, World Bank) [English]
  • Where now? Evaluation and Evidence-based Decision Making (Jodi Nelson, Gates Foundation) [English]
  • International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) (Marie Gaarder, 3ie) [English] [Handout]
  • MCC – Impact Evaluation of Agriculture Assistance (Ariel BenYishai, Millennium Challenge Corporation) ) [English]
  • The Gender Action Plan (GAP): Supporting Gender Integration in Agriculture and Rural Development (Rui M. S. Benfica, World Bank) [English]

Impact Evaluation Training Sequence

  • Introduction to Causal Inference (Nandini Krishnan and Léandre Bassolé, World Bank) [English] [Français]
  • Using Randomized Evaluations to Improve Policy (Rachel Glennerster, MIT/J-PAL) [English]
  • Non-experimental Methods (Léandre Bassolé, World Bank) [Français]
  • Regression-Discontinuity Designs (Erich Battistin, University of Padova; Jean-Louis Arcand, Graduate Institute, Geneva) [English] [Français]
  • Random Encouragement Designs (Arianna Legovini, World Bank) [English]
  • Sampling and Statistical Power (Erich Battistin, University of Padova; Kinnon Scott, World Bank) [English]
  • Steps in Implementing and Impact Evaluation (Nandini Krishnan, World Bank) [English]
  • Implementation Challenges (Malte Lierl, World Bank) [English]
  • “Engendering” your impact evaluation (Markus Goldstein, World Bank) [English]

Impact evaluation of community-driven development and local governance

  • The Impact of Community-Driven Development: Existing Evidence (Malte Lierl and Julien Labonne, World Bank) [English]
  • Measuring Social Cohesion and Social Accountability (Rachel Glennerster, MIT/J-PAL) [English]
  • Social Network Analysis (Jean-Louis Arcand, Graduate Institute Geneva) [English]
  • Impact Evaluation of Fadama II in Nigeria: Lessons Learnt (Ephraim Nkonya, IFPRI) [English]
  • Impact Evaluation of TASAF II in Tanzania: A Joint Learning Activity of TASAF and the World Bank (Euphrasia Herman, TASAF) [English]
 Impact evaluation of agricultural development programs
  • What do we know about agricultural interventions in Africa (Markus Goldstein and Michael O’Sullivan, World Bank) [English]
  • What do we know about gender and agriculture (Markus Goldstein and Michael O’Sullivan, World Bank) [English]
  • Food Security and Human Development Outcomes (Kenneth Leonard, University of Maryland) [English]
  • Infrastructure for Agriculture (Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale University) [English]

Local Governance

[Policy Learning Agenda]

During the World Bank-organized Multi-Country Workshop on Impact Evaluation of Community-Driven Development Programs in Addis Ababa, April 13-16 2009, the participating government delegations, World Bank task teams and development partners pointed out a range of knowledge gaps with respect to the impact and implementation strategies of CDD and local governance programs. This document summarizes the key questions that have been raised by implementing agencies and policy-level decision makers during the workshop. 

Impact Evaluation Concept Note Presentations


Impact Evaluation Concept Note Presentations

  • D. R. Congo (Agricultural Rehabilitation) [Français]
  • Ethiopia (Food Security Project) [English]
  • Ethiopia (Irrigation) [English]
  • Ethiopia (RCBP) [English]
  • Ethiopia (Sustainable Land Management) [English]
  • Ghana (Productive Safety Nets) [English]
  • Malawi (Agricultural Development Support) [English]
  • Mozambique (PROIRRI) [English]
  • Mozambique (Smallholder Development) [English]
  • Niger (Export Promotion) [Français]
  • Nigeria (CADP) [English]

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