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Kenya conference logoInnovations in Investment Climate Reforms
Paris, France
November 12–16, 2012
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I must admit that the DIME event is one of my best learning events. It was a great learning experience and helped me enhance my knowledge, (...). All the questions, discussions, numbers, targets, charts. actually helped me understand the project better and the way it should/ could be evaluated. So thanks a lot for making all those group sessions lively. Looking forward to working together to implement what we have framed in Paris.Deepa Shakya—IFC Nepal
  • To develop a high-quality impact evaluation design and implementation plan through clinics by bringing together a country/project delegation with impact evaluation experts.
  • To enhance the country/project delegation’s technical capacity to design and implement impact evaluation of IC reforms through hands-on training on methods and policies.
  • To create a CIC impact evaluation community of practice with donors, practitioners, country representatives, and WBG partners.
  • Project-specific concept notes or action plans (one per team). To facilitate a swift delivery of these, teams will be asked to provide drafts (outline + bullet points) prior to the workshop so that clinics are part of the ongoing work and teams can deliver final drafts before the holidays.
  • Increased awareness in the value of measuring programme impacts
  • Improved and decentralised Impact Evaluation skills in participating countries

The agenda is structured to provide a general overview of impact evaluation in the first day. The subsequent days will be focused on the different methodologies and analysis of case studies (methods and policy), to finally apply these concepts in each team’s evaluation projects (clinics).

  • The Policy sessions will share international evidence on investment climate reform interventions, including case studies of ongoing impact evaluations.
  • The Methods sessions will deliver general methodological training for teams to become informed consumers of impact evaluation. 
  • The Clinics are designed to facilitate a process of discussion for each country specific team to agree on the policy questions, and develop an initial design for the impact evaluation of their intervention with support from an impact evaluation expert and a sector specific expert. The program will continue to provide technical assistance to the countries for the implementation of these studies.

The aim is to bring to the workshop a team that has: (1) power of decision, (2) knowledge of the specific program or intervention the ministry is interested in evaluating, and (3) potential for taking responsibility for the implementation.  To meet this aim, the team composition would count on:

  • Country Head of the Delegation: Director level official responsible for policy in the specific areas of interest within the line ministry
  • Country Program or Project Manager or Coordinator
  • Country Statistician or Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
  • WBG Task Team Leader (TTL)
  • WBG Researcher (CIC, DEC, DIME or external academic)
Monday, November 12, 2012
8:30 – 9:00  


9:00 – 9:15   Welcome and introductions
Presenter: Pierre Guislain, Director CICDR
9:45 – 10:00  

Measuring the impacts of investment climate reform: What do we want to achieve and what have we learned
Presenters: Marialisa Motta, Director FICDR

9:45 – 10:00   Questions and Answers
10:00 – 10:15   COFFEE BREAK
10:15 – 11:15   Panel discussion: What should we evaluate?
Moderator: : David Bridgman, Manager CICAF,
Pantel: Miguel Laric, Economic Advisor DFID. Cory O’Hara, Trade and Investment Advisor, USAID. Loraine Ronchi, Senior Economist CICIN.
11:15 – 12:15  

Impact evaluation for real time decision making
Presenter: Arianna Legovini, Head, World Bank Development Impact Evaluation Initiative (DIME)

12:15 – 12:30   Questions and Answers
12:30 – 1:30   LUNCH
1:30 – 2:30   Policy 1: A guide to growth: Unpacking the causal chain underlying investment climate reforms
Presenter: Christine Zhenwei Qiang, Manager CICTI
2:30 – 2:45   Questions and Answers
2:45 – 3:15   Overview and expectations from the clinics
Presenter: Arianna Legovini, Head, World Bank Development Impact Evaluation Initiative (DIME)
3:15 – 3:30   Questions and Answers
3:15 – 3:45   COFFEE BREAK
4:00 – 6:00   Clinic 1: Introduction to evaluation clinics, project descriptions, and research questions
Breakout groups will be project specific. Country/project teams are introduced to the evaluation clinic and will set goals for the workshop. Each team is assigned a facilitator and a researcher to provide technical support to the team throughout the length of the workshop (and beyond) and ensure that the project-specific goals are achieved.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
9:00 – 10:00   Methods 1: :  Causal inference and randomization
Presenter: Bilal Zia, Economist DECFP
10:00 – 10:15   Questions and Answers
10:15 – 10:30   COFFEE BREAK
10:30 – 11:30   Methods 2: Mixed Methods
Presenter: Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, DECPI
11:30 – 11:45   Questions and Answers
11:45 – 1:00   Ice-breaker game (interactive session)
Moderators: Aidan Coville and Felipe Dunsch, IE Coordinator DIME
1:00 – 2:00   LUNCH
WBG Impact Evaluations: Relevance and Effectiveness
Presenter: Jeffrey Tanner, Economist, IEGPS
2:00 – 3:00   Methods 3: Quasi-experimental methods
Presenter: Florence Kondylis, Economist DIME
3:00 – 3:15   Questions and Answers
3:15 – 3:30   COFFEE BREAK
3:30 – 6:00   Clinic 2: Research questions, indicators, and data
wEDNESDAY, November 14, 2012
9:00 – 10:00   Clinic 3: Short presentations on research questions
Moderator: Aidan Coville, IE Coordinator DIME
10:00 – 10:45   Methods 4: Practical sampling guide
Aidan Coville,IE Coordinator DIME
10:45 – 11:00   Questions and Answers
11:00 – 11:15   COFFEE BREAK
11:15 – 12:15  

Policy 2: Evaluating Business Registration Reforms
Promoting firm formalization in Minas Gerais, Brazil
Presenter: Miriam Bruhn, Lead Economist, DECFP

Combining formalization and financial training in Malawi
Presenter: Francisco Campos, Economist AFTFW

12:15 – 12:30   Questions and Answers
12:30 – 1:30   LUNCH
1:30 – 2:30  

Policy 3: Evaluating Business Compliance Reforms
Tax reforms for SMEs in Georgia
Presenter: Miriam Bruhn, Economist, DECFP and Jan Loeprick, PSD Specialist, CICTI

The speed of justice in Senegal

Presenter: Florence Kondylis, Economist DIME

2:30 – 2:45   Questions and Answers
2:45 – 3:00   COFFEE BREAK
3:00 – 6:00   Clinic 4: IE Methodologies and implications in roll out plans
tHURSDAY, November 15, 2012
9:00 – 10:00  

Policy 4: Evaluating Business Exit and Trade Logistics Reforms
Bankruptcy reforms in Romania
Presenter: Massimiliano Santini, Economist CICBR, Andres Martinez, PSD Specialist, CICBR

Evaluating trade logistics reforms
Presenter: Russell Hillberry, Senior Economist DECTI
10:00 – 10:15   Questions and Answers
10:15 – 11:00   Methods 5: What are the technical and implementation issues of impact evaluation? Changing plans and designs on the go
Discussion panel: all researchers
Discussion Slide
11:00 – 11:15  


11:15 – 1:00   Clinic 5: IE Preparation of team presentation
Teams will continue working on their projects with facilitators/researchers
1:00 – 2:00   LUNCH
Sustaining the impact of investment climate reform
Presenter: Syed A. Mahmood, Lead Investment Policy Officer, CICBR
2:00 – 4:15  

Clinic 5: IE Preparation of team presentation (cont’d)

3:15 – 4:30   COFFEE BREAK
4:30 – 6:00  

Team presentations 1–3
Per country/project team: 10 min presentation, 10 min discussion

6:00 – 7:00  


FRIDAY, November 16, 2012
9:00 – 9:30  

Results from ice-breaker game
Presenter: Aidan Coville and Felipe Dunsch, IE Coordinator DIME

9:30 – 11:00   Team presentations 4–6
Per country/project team: 10 min presentation, 10 min discussion
11:00 – 11:15  


11:15 – 12:30  

Team presentations 7–9
Per country/project team: 10 min presentation, 10 min discussion

Team Presentations:
Trade Logistics—South East Europe
Business licensing—Bangladesh
Business formalization—Benin
Health Facility Inspections Reform—Kenya
Investment Policy—Kosovo
Food Safety—Moldova
Business registration—Nepal
Debt Restructuring—Romania|
Tax Simplification—Tajikistan

Pierre Guislain, Director CICDR
Marialisa Motta, Director FICDR

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