What makes for a good impact assessment? Speaker David de Ferranti, Washington Office Director with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), shared five key questions for creating productive impact assessments as part of the Bridging the Disconnect panel at the recent 3ie - World Bank Group Evaluation for Good Governance conference in Washington.
Below is a transcript of my quick 2-minute recap of de Ferranti's tips.
At the event, more than 125 participants heard from experts, engaged with colleagues, and shared their insights about what does and does not work when it comes to good governance and citizen engagement. (Source: 3ie)
Watch full session videos from the Bridging the Disconnect session, and other conference sessions at the conference, on the 3ie website here.
Transcript: Hi, it's Beth Offenbacker and I'm pleased to share with you the insights from this afternoon's sessions at the citizen engagement and accountable government conference that was hosted by 3IE, and the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group here in Washington DC.
Specifically, I want to share with the questions raised by David de Ferranti, head of the Washington office of the International initiative for Impact Evaluation. That's 3ie for short.
David led a panel called Bridging the Disconnect this afternoon. Here are five questions he asked us to reflect on as we think about impact evaluation, and engaging citizens.
First of all, is that impact evaluation for? Is it for the country? Or for the government? Is it for the population at large?
Or a specific interest group?
And there are other audiences certainly could be considered.
Second, considering those audiences, what will it take to gain their trust?
Third, what are the needs of those audiences? And what will it take to meet their needs?
Number four, what degree of precision or evidence do people need to be able to say "we know enough and we're ready to make a decision"?
And then, what do we as evaluators, as evidence generators and another way of speaking, need to provide to policymakers and decision makers so that they can take this information to their constituencies?
What evidence, what stories, what narratives do we need to provide to them?
I hope these questions are helpful to you in your practice. Until next time, take care.