Friday, July 27, 2012
Howard White, the Executive Director of 3ie (the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation), guest blogged for the World Bank on the challenges of evaluating development projects with a small n—that is, where there are insufficient units of analysis to use rigorous statistical evaluation methods. This includes projects like “support of policy reform at the national level, or capacity building in a single agency, or indeed the assessment of whether a particular impact evaluation has influenced policy.” While there are a number of possible approaches for evaluating small n projects, there is no consensus on the best way to overcome the biases inherent in relying on qualitative methods.
In other development debates, Dave Algoso of Find What Works weighed in on the questions Foreign Policy highlighted last week about the “best” type of implementing agency for development projects—contractors? NGOs? CBOs? Governments?
Brookings has launched a new interactive tool to explore its Development, Aid, and Governance Indicators (DAGI), which cover trends in foreign assistance, governance, and global poverty and middle class populations. Speaking of trends in data and analysis, From Poverty to Power provided a useful summary on recent thinking about how to define poverty lines—the key question being whether to use a single international cutoff, or define poverty lines at the national level.
AidData and our CCAPS partners participated this week in the Esri International User Conference. Jack Dangermond, CEO of Esri, opened the conference with a sweeping overview of ways that Esri’s GIS tools are being used to inform policy and practice. Check out the video of his plenary session (the maps produced by CCAPS and AidData are highlighted just before minute 10).
Featured dataset: On the AidData Research Datasets page, you can access the Financing Global Health 2011 dataset, created by the . It provides a comprehensive view of trends in public and private financing of health assistance with preliminary estimates for health financing in the most recent years.