Interviews & Blogs

December 28, 2016



Water works: how a simple technology in Dhaka is changing the way people get clean water


A researcher's search for a simple tech to make water safe in dense, urban areas in Dhaka that lack reliable energy sources


Journalists, economists and making the news


Interview with the featured expert: Wenceslaus Mushi, Project Director, Internews Network


Working on early childhood development in Mali


Interview with the featured expert: Natalie Roschnik, Senior Research and Impact Advisor, Save the Children


Engaging the community for better education field experiment in Pakistan


A new World Bank report examines the impact evaluation of a pilot program to encourage community involvement in school management committees in Sindh province in order to improve the quality of schools and education.


An Impact Evaluation Sparks a New Work Idea for Women


Interview with the featured expert: Zahra Youssouf Kayad, Djibouti’s Minister of Social Solidarity


Interview with Penny Hawkins


Interview with the featured expert: Penny Hawkins, Head of Evaluation, U.K. Department for International Development


Interview with Steven Chapman


Interview with the featured expert: Steven Chapman, Director of Evidence Measurement & Evaluation, Children's Investment Fund Foundation


Q/A: Sally McGregor on Jamaica’s Pioneering Role in Early Childhood Development


Findings from the Jamaica study supported by SIEF are now the basis for early childhood development programs and ongoing impact evaluations around the world.



Finding work in conflict-affected states: What can Liberia teach us?


A senior economist of the World Bank talks why employment support programs for ex-armed fighters may have big returns.


In Zambia, Strong Supply Chains Save Lives


Working with the World Bank, Zambia seek to test new modes of distribution in a pilot program that included an impact evaluation.


Getting health right: An impact evaluation in the Philippines


SIEF and the Government of the Philippines evaluate new health insurance incentives.


Closing the Education Gap in Pakistan: Researcher Interview


The World Bank works with governments to develop and implement innovative methods for expanding access to education and improve school quality.


What Gets People to Wash Their Hands


Handwashing with soap and water is a simple way to reduce the spread of disease. Yet many people don’t wash their hands when they should: before touching food, after using the toilet or after cleaning a baby’s bottom. Because bacteria, parasites, and viruses can easily spread when people don’t wash their hands, finding ways to boost handwashing can significantly reduce the risk of potentially fatal diarrheal and respiratory infections for children.


Mozambique: Nutrition and Education - Investigating What Works


Preschool programs are a great way to give kids the educational building blocks to help them learn and prepare for primary school. But is that enough? In Mozambique, a World Bank-funded evaluation of a low-cost preschool pilot program run by Save the Children showed that children who attended preschool were more likely to start primary school at the right age, and they scored higher in cognitive and other skills critical for success.


Jamaica: Evaluation Builds Evidence of the Importance of Early Childhood Interventions


What's the best way to help disadvantaged children reach their potential? What do they need to succeed in school, in work and in a family? Proper healthcare, nutrition, psychosocial stimulation, and emotional support all play a role in giving children the foundation they need to do well later on. But do programs designed to bolster disadvantaged children's cognitive, emotional and physical development really help over the long term?


Gambia: New evaluation to build evidence on the usefulness of nutritional supplements for later-life outcomes


It is well-documented that prenatal nutritional supplements can give children the right start in life by supporting development in-utero and improving birth-weight, which reduces infant mortality. But can a case be made that good nutrition early on will give children a measureable earnings boost years later?