Evaluating the Impact of Development Projects on Poverty: A Handbook for Practitioners

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This handbook seeks to provide project managers and policy analysts with the tools needed for evaluating the social and economic impacts of assistance projects in poor communities, such as micro-financing, nutrition and education programs.



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This tool is included in the Development Impacts Assessment (DIA) Toolkit from the LEDS Global Partnership.

Approach

The handbook presents quantitative and qualitative methodologies, as well as case examples, focused on assessing the impact of projects targeted to the poor. The handbook guides the reader through key steps in designing and implementing impact evaluations, and includes a discussion of lessons learned from a rich set of “good practice" evaluations of poverty projects that have been reviewed for this handbook.


When to Use This Tool

This tool is most useful for development impacts assessments focused on:

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Social

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Economic

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Environmental

Learn more about the topics for assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies (LEDS).

Key Outputs

Helps in answering questions like:

  1. How the project affected beneficiaries;
  2. Whether any improvements were a direct result of the project;
  3. Whether the program design could be modified to improve impact; and,
  4. Whether the costs were justified.


How to Use This Tool

Training Available
No training offered; General knowledge of statistics recommended

Level of Expertise
Simple

Key Inputs

Input data for impact valuation varies on a project basis. Examples of input data used are: household income and expenditure surveys; living standards measurement studies; labor market surveys; records of cooperatives; credit unions and other financial institutions.



Case Studies

Examples of how Evaluating the Impact of Development Projects on Poverty: A Handbook for Practitioners has helped people assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies in countries and regions:

A dozen case studies are presented at the end of the guide.