Evaluation and Poverty Reduction: Proceedings from a World Bank Conference

Overview

Many different organizations and institutions around the world came together for a conference to discuss the meaning of evaluation in poverty reduction. Their goals during the two day conference were: first, to identify lessons from past efforts to evaluate poverty reduction programs; second, to search for the new evaluation frontier in methodology for future poverty reduction programs; and third, to discuss how partnerships in evaluation can be promoted and how to use evaluation results more effectively. This ...

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Overview

Many different organizations and institutions around the world came together for a conference to discuss the meaning of evaluation in poverty reduction. Their goals during the two day conference were: first, to identify lessons from past efforts to evaluate poverty reduction programs; second, to search for the new evaluation frontier in methodology for future poverty reduction programs; and third, to discuss how partnerships in evaluation can be promoted and how to use evaluation results more effectively. This volume contains the proceedings of that conference.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821346846
  • Publisher: World Bank Publications
  • Publication date: 6/30/2000
  • Series: Independent Evaluation Group Studies
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Welcome Addresses
Pt. I Introduction: Identifying the Challenges
Synthesis and Overview 3
Pt. II Evaluation: A Macro Perspective
1 Valuation and Evaluation 19
2 Evaluation in a World of Complexity and Information Failures 39
3 Panel Discussion: Evaluation Perspectives on Poverty Reduction 51
Pt. III Methodological Issues in Evaluation
4 Impact Evaluation: Concepts and Methods 65
Comments 76
5 Panel Discussion: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Evaluation 89
6 Theory-Based Evaluation: Theories of Change for Poverty Reduction Programs 103
Pt. IV Participatory Evaluation: Costs and Benefits
7 The Front-End Costs and Downstream Benefits of Participatory Evaluation 115
Comments 127
8 Building Local Capacity for Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation 133
Comments 144
Pt. V Poverty-Reducing Growth
9 Africa and Asia: Evaluation of the Poverty Alleviation Impact of Alternative Development Strategies and Adjustment Responses 151
Comments 163
10 Lessons Learned for Evaluation of DFID's Aid Program 171
Comments 184
Pt. VI Sectoral and Microlevel Interventions
11 Evaluating Microfinance's Impact: Going Down Market 193
Comments 204
12 Evaluating Targeted Versus Nontargeted Approaches to Poverty Reduction 209
Pt. VII Social Funds and Safety Nets
13 What Are Social Funds Really Telling Us? 223
Comments 228
14 Economic Crises and Social Protection for the Poor: The Latin American Experience 235
Comments 246
Pt. VIII Development Effectiveness in Health, Nutrition, and Population Services
15 Delivering Social Services: Lessons on Health, Nutrition, and Population 253
Comments 264
Pt. IX Crisis Prevention
16 Tackling Horizontal Inequalities 271
Comments 284
17 Governance and Anticorruption: New Insights and Challenges 289
Comments 295
18 Panel Discussion: Combating Public Corruption 301
Pt. X Social Inclusion and Civil Society
19 Nongovernmental Organizations and Evaluation: The BRAC Experience 311
Comments 322
20 Social Exclusion and Rural Underdevelopment 329
Comments 338
Pt. XI Conclusions
21 Panel Discussion: Final Roundtable 345
22 Concluding Remarks 355
List of Authors and Discussants 363
Index 367
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