M&E Case Studies

The World Bank: The mystery of the vanishing benefits. Ms. Speedy Analist's introduction to evaluation


Author: Ravallion, M. (for the World Bank)
Publication date: 1999

This World Bank working paper provides an entertaining introduction to the concepts and methods of impact evaluation. The paper is written from the perspective of Ms. Speedy Analist, a fictional character, who trains the readers in how to assess the impact of a social program. Doing so, the paper explains impact evaluation methods, how to use data for impact evaluation, how to form and match comparison groups, sources of bias, and so on.

The World Bank: Handbook on Impact Evaluation: Quantitative Methods and Practices


Authors: Khandker, S.R.; Koolwal, G.B. & Samad, H.A. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This World Bank handbook provides, for policy and research audiences, a comprehensive overview of steps in designing and evaluating programs amid uncertain and potentially confounding conditions. It draws from a rapidly expanding and broadbased literature on program evaluation—from monitoring and evaluation approaches to experimental and nonexperimental econometric methods for designing and conducting impact evaluations. A diverse set of case studies is included as well.

How Feedback Loops Can Improve Aid (and Maybe Governance)


Author: Whittle, D. (for the Center for Global Development)
Publication Date: 2013

If private markets can produce the iPhone, why can’t aid organizations create and implement development initiatives that are equally innovative and sought after by people around the world? The key difference is feedback loops. Well-functioning private markets excel at providing consumers with a constantly improving stream of high-quality products and services. Why? Because consumers give companies constant feedback on what they like and what they don’t.

Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches in Poverty Analysis


Author: White, H.
Publication Date: 2002 (In World Development Vol. 30, No 3, pp. 511-522)

Utilization Focused Evaluation: A primer for evaluators


Authors: Ramirez, R. & Brodhead, D.
Publication date: 2013

Utilization Focused Evaluation (UFE) facilitates a learning process in which people in the real world apply evaluation findings and experiences to their work. The focus is on intended users. It is a guiding framework, rather than a methodology. This primer is for practitioner evaluators and project implementers who have heard of UFE and are keen to test-drive the approach.

Should Foreign Aid Fund Agricultural Training? Evidence from Armenia


Authors: Blair, R. et alii. (for Mathematica Policy Research)
Publication date: 2013

Many foreign aid agencies fund large-scale agricultural training for farmers in developing countries, but little rigorous research has been conducted on whether these programs are effective. This report presents the findings of a clustered randomized controlled trial to estimate the effectiveness of a U.S. government-funded farmer training program that trained more than 50,000 farmers throughout Armenia.

Participatory Video for Monitoring & Evaluation CASE STUDY: Community-Based Adaptation in Africa


Community Based Adaptation Africa used participatory video and monitoring and evaluation (PV M&E) to enable the community in Dumba village to record the impacts of climate change and the local adaptation knowledge using their own words and voices.

The World Bank: Impact Evaluation Toolkit


The World Bank Impact Evaluation Toolkit helps practitioners design and implement impact evaluations, with a focus on Results-Based Financing in maternal and child health programs. The Toolkit consists of 1) guidelines for best practices and 2) tools to implement guideline recommendations such as:

3ie/IFPRI: Orange Sweet Potato: Biofortification, Crop Adoption, and Health Outcomes in Mozambique and Uganda


The following two videos are part of the 3ie/IFPRI Seminar Series on Impact Evaluation.

October 18th, 2012, Alan de Brauw and Dan Gilligan gave a presentation about biofortification, crop adoption, and health outcomes in Mozambique and Uganda.

Presentation Alan de Brauw: Biofortification, crop adoption and health information: Impact pathways in Mozambique and Uganda

3ie/IFPRI: Debt Structure, Entrepreneurship, and Risk: Evidence from Microfinance


The following videos are part of the 3ie/IFPRI Seminar Series on Impact Evaluation.

June 6th, 2012, Erica Field discussed whether and how the repayment structure of a debt contract influences entrepreneurship. The presentation is based on a publication on the issue.