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Impact Evaluation in Transport and ICT
June 22-25, 2015Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This workshop, hosted by Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) and the WB Transport and ICT Global Practice will bring together practitioners, subject matter experts, and researchers working to find solutions to challenges in transport and ICT through IE.

Impact Evaluation to Development Impact (i2i) is a new global platform building partnerships to expand the use of impact evaluation (IE) for evidence-based policy. Members work together to improve the effectiveness of development policies and empower policymakers to test innovations and scale-up solutions to their development problems. The i2i platform is managed by the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) Unit. The United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) is an i2i donor.

Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) is housed in the Research Group of the World Bank with a mandate to generate high-quality and operationally relevant impact evaluation research to transform development policy. DIME’s objectives are to increase the use of impact evaluation in the design and implementation of public policy, improve the quality of the World Bank’s operations, strengthen country institutions for evidence-based policy making, and generate knowledge in strategic development areas. 

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Last Updated: Jun 21, 2015

Monday (June 22)

8:00 - 8:30AM

Registration

 

8:30 - 9:15AM

Opening Remarks: IE Connect for Impact: A New Partnership for the T&I GP

 

Pierre Guislain, Senior Director, Transport & ICT GP, World Bank

9:15 - 9:40AM

Aligning our knowledge agenda on the evolving portfolio

  Nancy Vandycke, Lead Economist, Transport & ICT GP, World Bank
9:40 - 10:00AM New Opportunities for MDBs to scale up IE research

 

Stevan Lee, Senior Economist and Team Leader (DFID)

10:00 - 10:45AM

Impact Evaluation for Real Time Policy Making

 

Arianna Legovini, Manager, Development Impact Evaluation (DIME), World Bank

10:45 - 11:00AM

Coffee Break

 

11:00 - 12:00PM

Setting the Framework: Designing Interventions to Achieve Impact

 

 

Esteban Diez-Roux, Principal Transport Specialist, Transport Division, Inter-American Development Bank
Patricia Yanez-Pagans, Economics Specialist, Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD), Inter-American Development Bank

12:00 - 1:00PM

Lunch

 

1:00 - 2:00PM

Impact Opportunities 1: Connecting for Jobs

 

 

Chair: Siv Tokle, Senior Operations Officer, Jobs Cross-Cutting Solutions Area, World Bank

 

·       David Phillips (Hope College)
·       Paul Novosad (Dartmouth College)
·       Melanie Morton (Stanford University)

2:00 - 3:30PM

Measuring Impact I: Causal Inference & Quasi-Experimental Methods

(Language groups)

English: Arndt Reichert, Economist, DIME, World Bank
Spanish: Patricia Yanez-Pagans, Economics Specialist, Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD), Inter-American Development Bank
French: Eric Mvukiyehe, Economist, DIME, World Bank
Portuguese: Caio Piza, Economist, DIME, World Bank

Causality/Causal Inference
Difference-in-Difference
Propensity Score matching
Discontinuity Design

3:30 - 3:45PM

Coffee Break

 

3:45 - 4:00PM

Integrating Impact Evaluations into the Design of Projects

 

Felipe Dunsch, IE Coordinator, Development Impact Evaluation (DIME), World Bank

 

Interactive guide for designing an impact evaluation based on a practical example. Gives overview of group work sessions.

4:00 - 6:30PM

Group Work I

(Small groups)

Project teams work on their impact evaluation, facilitated by TTL & researchers

 

In this session, the group will establish a results chain & determine the research questions for their project.

7:00 - 9:00PM

Dinner

 

Tuesday (June 23)

9:00 - 9:45AM

Impact Opportunities 2: Connecting Sustainably – Climate Change & Transportation

 

Chair:Georges Bianco Darido, Lead Urban Transport Specialist, Transport and ICT GP, World Bank

 

Panelists:
• David Bonilla, University of Oxford
• Arndt Reichert, DIME, World Bank
• Rui Wang, University of California, Los Angeles

9:45 - 10:30AM

Impact Opportunities 3: Achieving Impact Through ICT & Digital Infrastructure

 

Chair: Jerome Bezzina, Senior Regulatory Economist, Transport & ICT GP, World Bank

 

·       Laurent Gille (Télécom Paris Tech)
·       Emilia Tjernström (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
·       Gabriel Ahlfeldt (London School of Economics)

10:30 - 10:45AM

Coffee Break

 

10:45 - 12:00PM

Measuring Impact II: Experimental Methods

(Language groups)

English: Michael Roscitt, IE Coordinator, DIME, World Bank
Spanish: Sebastian Martinez, Lead Economist, SPD, Inter-American Development Bank
French: Eric Mvukiyehe, Economist, DIME, World Bank
Portuguese: Astrid Zwager, IE Coordinator, DIME, World Bank

Impact Evaluation
Causality / Causal Inference
Randomization

12:00 - 12:15PM

Group Picture

 

12:15 - 1:15PM

Lunch

 

1:15 - 2:45PM

Experimental Methods Practical Case Study

(Small groups)

The theoretical concepts discussed up to now in the policy and technical sessions will be reinforced through group work on a case study. The case study will focus on the various identification strategies and methods for constructing a counterfactual. Results of the exercise will discussed in groups.

2:45 - 3:30PM

Impact Opportunities 4: Linking Markets

 

Chair: Kavita Sethi, Senior Transport Economist, Transport & ICT GP, World Bank

 

• Jacob Hochard, University of Wyoming
• Simon Alder, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Stéphane Straub, Toulouse School of Economics

3:30 - 3:45PM

Coffee Break

 

3:45 - 6:30PM

Group Work 2

 

Project teams work on their impact evaluation, facilitated by TTL & researchers

 

In this session, the group will determine the identification strategy, outcome indicators and datasets that will be used to answer each research question.

Wednesday (June 24)

9:00 - 9:45AM

Team Research Questions & Knowledge Gaps

 

Nancy Vandycke, Lead Economist, Transport & ICT GP, World Bank

 

Arianna Legovini, Manager, DIME, World Bank

9:45 - 10:30AM

Impact Opportunities 5: Road Safety & Highway Efficiency

 

Chair: Sebastian Martinez, Lead Economist, SPD, Inter-American Development Bank

 

Patricia Yanez-Pagans, Economics Specialist, SPD, Inter-American Development Bank
Sebastian Vollmer, University of Göttingen
Jonathan Hall, University of Toronto

10:30 – 10:45AM

Coffee Break

 

10:45 – 11:30AM

Data Collection in Transport & ICT Evaluations

 

Chair: Arturo Ardila Gomez, Lead Transport Economist, Transport and ICT GP, World Bank
·       Florence Kondylis, Senior Economist, DIME, World Bank
·       Nilesh Fernando (Harvard University)
·       Julia Bird (University of Oxford)

11:30 – 12:45PM

Measuring Impact III: Sampling and Power Calculations

 

Maria Jones, Research Analyst, DIME, World Bank
An interactive session introducing the concepts of sampling, randomization and power calculations

12:45 - 1:45PM

Lunch

 

1:45 – 2:30PM

Impact Opportunities 6: Cross-Cutting Issues

 

Chair: Arianna Legovini, Manager, DIME, World Bank

·       Kate Vyborny (Duke University)
·       Gharad Bryan (London School of Economics)
·       Bilal Siddiqi (DIME), World Bank

2:30 – 3:30PM

Group Work 3

 

 

Project teams work on their impact evaluation, facilitated by TTL & researchers

 

 

In this session, the group will work on the practical implementation plan of the IE including budget, timeline and staffing.

 

 

3:30 – 3:45PM

Coffee Break

 

3:45 – 6:30PM

Group Work 4

 

 

Project teams work on their impact evaluation, facilitated by TTL & researchers

 

 

In this session, the group will work on their presentations for tomorrow.

7:00 - 9:00PM

Dinner

 

Thursday (June 25)

8:30 – 9:30AM

Teams Finalize Presentations

9:30 - 10:00AM

Opportunities Ahead: Impact Evaluation to Development Impact (i2i)

 

M Abul Azad, IE Coordinator, DIME, World Bank

10:00 – 10:30AM

Knowledge Test (Post)

 

10:30 – 10:45AM

Coffee Break

10:45 - 1:45PM

Impact Evaluation Designs: Team Presentations
Teams present their designs as part of a panel. Questions, submitted from the audience via social media, are answered at the end.

 

Panel 1: Urban Mobility 1 and Urban Mobility 2
Panel 2: Rural Roads

 

Lunch (Ongoing during Presentations)
Panel 3: ICT
Panel 4: Corridors

1:45 – 2:15PM

Closing Ceremony

 

 

Nancy Vandycke, Lead Economist, Transport and ICT GP, World Bank
Arianna Legovini, Manager, Development Impact Evaluation (DIME), World Bank
Esteban Diez-Roux, Principal Transport Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
Stevan Lee, Senior Economist and Team Leader (DFID)

Chair: Arianna Legovini, Manager, DIME, World Bank

·       Kate Vyborny (Duke University)
·       Gharad Bryan (London School of Economics)

Chair: Arianna Legovini, Manager, DIME, World Bank

·       Kate Vyborny (Duke University)
·       Gharad Bryan (London School of Economics)

Last Updated: Jul 08, 2015

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