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10 things to know about development and the data revolution

Author: Emma Samman

Publication date: June 2015

The data revolution has the potential to lead to sharper, more targeted, better-monitored policies. It could even transform power relations between citizens, governments and businesses. Used well, data can help people reach a clearer picture of their lives – and use the evidence for progress. But people remain uncounted and big gaps in our knowledge remain. Explore development and the data revolution in these 10 infographics.

Trends in impact evaluation: Did we ever learn?

In 2006, the Evaluation Gap Working Group asked, “When will we ever learn?” This week, 3ie’s Drew Cameron, Anjini Mishra, and Annette Brown (hereafter CMB) have published a paper in the Journal of Development Effectiveness that uses data on more than thirty years of published impact evaluations from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation Repository (IER) to answer the question. The full article can be found here

Lifting the lid on the household: A new way to measure individual deprivation

Authors: Scott Wisor, Joanne Crawford, Sharon Besselland Janet Hunt

Publication date: 23 April 2015

Most experts now agree that monetary poverty measurement should be complemented by multidimensional measurements. The individual, not the household, should be the unit of analysis. Poverty measurement should reflect the views and priorities of poor people. And in so far as possible, measurement should provide meaningful comparisons across contexts and over time. Enter the Individual Deprivation Measure.

Patterns of progress on the MDGs and implications for target setting post-2015

Authors: Rodriguez Tacheuki, L., Samman, E. with Steer, L.
Publication date: 2015

To examine the true patterns of progress on the MDGs, this paper explores seven indicators – one representing each of the first seven MDGs. For all indicators but extreme poverty, we find that typically, progress is easiest to attain for countries that are relatively deprived (or further from the target), though there are important differences between indicators.

ODI event: Tackling poverty: How multidimensional poverty measurement reveals who is poor, how they are poor, and where poverty has fallen

Watch the recorded presentations of the ODI event. In this event, the updated Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2014 was presented, an international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries which provides invaluable insights for the post-2015 development agenda. 

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World development report 2014: risk and opportunity - managing risk for development

The WDR 2014 argues that risk management can be a powerful instrument for development—not only by building people’s resilience and thus reducing the effects of adverse events but also by allowing them to take advantage of opportunities for improvement. This presentation at the UK launch of the report clarifies the importance, objectives and components of risk management, and what these imply for all societal levels, ranging from the individual to the international community.

The World Bank: Instrumental variables

Authors: Gertler, PJ. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This presentation constitutes supporting material for the World Bank "Impact Evaluation in Practice" book. It focuses on instrumental variables and shares practical examples.

The World Bank: Differences-in-differences

Authors: Gertler, PJ. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This presentation constitutes supporting material for the World Bank "Impact Evaluation in Practice" book. It focuses on differences-in-differences (DD) and presents a case study from Indonesia and Argentina.  

The World Bank: Matching techniques

Authors: Gertler, PJ. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This presentation constitutes supporting material for the World Bank "Impact Evaluation in Practice" book. It focuses on matching techniques and aims to answer the following key question: What is the effect of the treatment on the treated when the assignment to the treated is based on observable variables?

The World Bank: Regression discontinuity

Authors: Gertler, PJ. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This presentation constitutes supporting material for the World Bank "Impact Evaluation in Practice" book. It focuses on regression discontinuity and provides several practical examples.