The Impact Evaluation in Practice handbook is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to impact evaluation for policymakers and development practitioners. The book incorporates real-world examples to present practical guidelines for designing and implementing evaluations. Readers will gain an understanding of the uses of impact evaluation and the best ways to use evaluations to design policies and programs that are based on evidence of what works most effectively.
The handbook is divided into three sections: Part One discusses what to evaluate and why; Part Two outlines the theoretical underpinnings of impact evaluation; and Part Three examines how to implement an evaluation. Case studies illustrate different methods for carrying out impact evaluations. Questions are incorporated into the text to encourage readers to think through the concepts introduced and test their understanding.
The handbook is accompanied by training videos and power point presentations developed by the Office of the Chief Economist for Human Development. The materials were originally created for the "Turning Promises to Evidence" workshop series, which along with the handbook was made possible through the support of the Spanish Impact Evaluation Fund. Practitioners, especially those working on Results-Based Financing in maternal and child health programs, will want to also review the separate Impact Evaluation Toolkit, which includes guidelines for best practices and tools to implement guideline recommendations, including research protocols and questionnaires.