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Assessing Sector-wide Programs with Statistical Impact Evaluation: A Methodological Proposal

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  • Elbers, Chris
  • Gunning, Jan Willem
  • de Hoop, Kobus

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Summary Donor agencies, and recipient governments want to assess the effectiveness of aid-supported sector policies. Unfortunately, existing methods for impact evaluation are designed for the evaluation of homogeneous interventions ("projects") where those with, and without "treatment" can be compared. The lack of a methodology for evaluations of sector-wide programs is a serious constraint in the debate on aid effectiveness. We propose a method of statistical impact evaluation in situations with heterogeneous interventions, an extension of the double differencing method often used in project evaluations. We illustrate its feasibility with an example from the education sector in Zambia.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 37 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 513-520

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:37:y:2009:i:2:p:513-520

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Keywords: impact evaluation sector-wide programs aid effectiveness education Africa Zambia;

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Cited by:
  1. Elbers, Chris & Gunning, Jan Willem, 2013. "Evaluation of development programs : randomized controlled trials or regressions ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6587, The World Bank.
  2. Pauw, Karl & Thurlow, James, 2013. "Prioritizing rural investments in Africa: A hybrid evaluation approach applied to Uganda," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  3. Shepherd, Andrew & Bishop, Sylvia, 2013. "Aid and poverty: Why does aid not address poverty (much)?," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  4. Chris Elbers & Jan Willem Gunning, 2012. "Evaluation of Development Programs: Using Regressions to assess the Impact of Complex Interventions," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-081/2, Tinbergen Institute.

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