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  • Reply to: What do we know about the long-term legacy of aid programmes? Very little, so why not go and find out?   5 hours 22 min ago

    Duncan, thanks for a very interesting post on an important and surprisingly neglected topic. The challenges that Claire mentions on attribution surely depend on whether there was an evaluation plan at the start of the project. Looking backwards limits your options, if there are no data on where you started. In principle, each project could be accompanied by a "sister" evaluation project which is separately funded, develops baselines and indicators and has a different, longer timescale than the project itself. Its lifespan would be driven by the expected time period for impact to be achieved. When I was in DFID we planned and contracted researchers for an evaluation of a Millennium Villages Project that DFID was helping to fund in Ghana, where the lifespan for the evaluation was 10 years but the project goals included that services would be locally funded and owned after 5 years. It took a bit of innovation in how the funding for the projects was set up, but other than that the principle is quite straightforward to apply. The evaluation is now ongoing, led by Edoardo Masset at IDS. It happened to be an impact evaluation, but the idea can be applied more broadly to program evaluation as well, focused on sustainability. Note that one challenge is making sure the institutional and procurement arrangement is capable of dealing with a long timescale for the project, since impact might take 10 years or longer. Meanwhile, in the World Bank our program and project evaluations done by IEG include an instrument called a PPAR which can be used at any time after the project closes, sometimes several years later, where IEG does the field work using our own, independent and separately funded evaluation budget that does not depend on the operations budget for the project. This provides another way into this, but the problem of having good data remains a challenge!

  • Reply to: Helping communicate the potential of PPPs through a new, free online course   6 hours 43 min ago

    I am The Resources Acquisition Manager for World Vision Haiti ,I would like to enroll for the course.Since I am new in the position It will be a great opportunity for me . looking forward to hearing from you .

  • Reply to: How does Gender change the way we think about Power?   9 hours 50 min ago

    This is a great write-up and to be honest, gender discrimination is one of the problems of our problems. We have to tackle it.

  • Reply to: Where have we got to on Theories of Change? Passing fad or paradigm shift?   10 hours 31 min ago
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  • Reply to: How does Gender change the way we think about Power?   10 hours 44 min ago

    It should be in the safe hands of honest, God fearing person, it may be man or women.