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Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF)
Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF)

A key objective of SIEF is to strengthen the ability of researchers and policymakers to use monitoring and evaluation to build evidence on the effectiveness of programs to improve people’s lives through better health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation and social protection. SIEF sponsors quarterly workshops to train regional policymakers, researchers and development field staff in the nuts and bolts of impact evaluation. The goal is to encourage and support increased use of impact evaluation and to create a community of practice among development experts and policymakers. Workshops are invitation only and geared to specific development organizations, researchers, NGOs and government officials.

Workshops use materials from the Impact Evaluation in Practice handbook available in English, French and Spanish.

Workshops Topics

  • Why evaluate
  • Using evaluation results
  • Linking monitoring systems/data and impact evaluation
  • Mainstreaming impact evaluation
  • Impact evaluation methodologies
  • Designing and planning an evaluation
  • Managing an evaluation
  • Operational constraints

Workshops Conducted Through the Spanish Impact Evaluation Fund 2006-2012

Upcoming SIEF workshop dates and locations

  • December 3-6, 2012 - Korea
  • March 11-22, 2013 - India
  • April 8-19, 2013 - Chile
How Workshops are Organized

Workshops are organized into plenary, parallel and small group sessions. The plenary sessions are for all participants, while the parallel sessions are divided between policymaker and technical track sessions.

Policymaker Sessions are designed for stakeholders working in an operational capacity and responsible for oversight, implementation and logistics of impact evaluations. These sessions provide a theoretical foundation for identifying causality and different evaluation methodologies. These sessions also cover practical techniques for building high quality impact evaluations into new programs - including results-based monitoring, sample design, roll-out strategies and operational tools.

Technical Track Sessions are geared toward professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of theoretical econometric estimation methodologies and lead in the design of impact evaluations. These sessions cover advanced econometric and statistical techniques and case studies that illustrate the clear link between theory and practice.

Small Group Sessions reinforce the material covered in the parallel tracks and foster participation and interaction among participants. Assigned moderators work with each group to guide the conversation and provide technical support. During the workshops, project teams develop rigorous impact evaluation designs for their own projects and present their designs to the larger group for feedback.

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