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Development Impact turns 6: six questions for our sixth birthday

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We are proud to have kept the blog going for another year, and would like to note its 6th birthday. In lieu of presents, we’d love your thoughts on what things you would like to see more or less of going forward. In particular, any comments or feedback on the following would be great:
  • One of the things we’ve kicked around is trying to put together an e-book to bring together (and do a bit of updating to) many of the posts around techniques and measurement into one place – which could then be a reader or reference for people working on impact evaluations. Does this seem useful, or do you think our curated links on technical topics and measurement topics are enough?
  • Was our learning from failure series useful or itself a failure? Anyone have additional failures they would like to share? If so, please email them to and see the details at the end of this post for what we are looking for.
  • Is there anyone you would love us to get as a guest blogger, and if so, what would you like to hear from them on? Our rule for guest bloggers is that we aim to get people not just summarizing their most recent research paper (with the exception of our job market series), but rather have them talk about either one particular technical or measurement problem that comes up in their work, or their views on recent research in their field, or discussion of interesting experiences during fieldwork, etc. For example, I particularly like this post by Bruce Wydick on measuring hope, and this one by Abhijeet Singh on the issues in using standard deviations to measure effect sizes.
  • We ran our job market series again this year, running 17 posts in total over a month, which was just under half the number of submissions we received. We like being able to feature a lot of young researchers and get a nice variety of topics. However, we are not sure what the right quantity-quality trade-off is here, and whether this seems like too many posts, or is ok (I don’t think we want to be running more). Thoughts from both the supply and demand sides of the market, as well as from regular readers most welcome.
  • We are always delighted to visit universities and hear of the blog being assigned reading in some development courses, or of particular posts being included on syllabi. For those of you less delighted because your professor has assigned you to read this, anything we can do to make it more useful?
  • Anything you want to see less of?


David McKenzie

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

Berk Özler

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

Markus Goldstein

Lead Economist, Africa Gender Innovation Lab and Chief Economists Office

David Evans

Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

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