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Toward Results-Based Social Policy Design and Implementation - Working Paper 249

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  • Miguel Szekely
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    In the last decade, efforts to systematically study the effectiveness of programs in developing countries have expanded dramatically. In this paper, Miguel Székely, director of the Institute for Innovation in Education at Tecnológico de Monterrey, shows how Mexico has improved the evidence base for public policy in a number of ways. He explains the difficulties of conducting good impact evaluations and assesses the interests of key stakeholders in promoting or opposing the creation and use of evidence. He draws out lessons from the government’s effort to evaluate a major antipoverty program (PROGRESA-Oportunidades), publish politically sensitive poverty data, introduce performance measurement in education, and institutionalize learning. He concludes with a proposal for how developing countries could systematically incorporate evidence in policymaking.

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    Paper provided by Center for Global Development in its series Working Papers with number 249.

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    Length: 42 pages
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    Handle: RePEc:cgd:wpaper:249

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    Keywords: social policy; human development; results-based;

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    1. Lant Pritchett, 2002. "It pays to be ignorant: A simple political economy of rigorous program evaluation," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(4), pages 251-269.
    2. Daron Acemoglu, 2010. "Theory, General Equilibrium, and Political Economy in Development Economics," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 24(3), pages 17-32, Summer.
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