The World Bank's Human Development Network is strongly committed to results. Our work includes supporting strong project-oriented monitoring and evaluation components, including cost analysis; strengthening client country capacity to carry out monitoring and evaluation; and building an evidence base on what works to improve human development through rigorous impact evaluation studies. We currently administer two funds devoted to supporting impact evaluations of programs designed to help alleviate poverty and to improve people’s lives in the areas of health, nutrition, education and social protection.
Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund
The Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund is a multi-donor trust fund launched in March 2012 to carry out and support research evaluating the impact of programs to help people achieve better lives. The knowledge generated will provide evidence for designing more effective policies and programs. The fund was created with support from the British government’s Department for International Development and will run from 2012-2018. The fund will initially focus on four thematic research clusters chosen for their strategic policy relevance: maternal and child nutrition; water and sanitation linked to health outcomes; basic education service delivery; and health systems. This approach will generate cross-country evidence on how key programs work to improve education, health and nutrition in different countries, with a strong focus on low-income countries.
Spanish Trust Fund for Impact Evaluation
The Spanish Trust Fund for Impact Evaluation, which closed in June 2012, was funded by Spain with a grant from Britain. The goal of the five-year fund was to support the World Bank in evaluating the impact of innovative programs to improve people’s lives through better health, education and social assistance programs. The Spanish Fund financed impact evaluations in 37 eligible countries across all developing regions, conducted training for policymakers and researchers and made research results widely available.