Inside Government: Developing the Evidence Base for Public Sector Reform
February 5, 2016Washington, DC

World Bank staff and academic experts provide overview of current research on the functioning of government and discuss current initiatives to expand our understanding of public sector reform. We will develop our collective research agenda in governance (to include civil service, domestic resource mobilization, procurement and justice sectors), and showcase research to a wider audience. Plenary lectures will cover key areas of research and policy priorities in public sector reform and parallel sessions will organize and outline new initiatives to operationalize research agendas.

In developing countries, a third of GDP flows through government organizations. These investments provide essential public services ranging from health and education to investment in infrastructure. Understanding the determinants of the productivity of these organizations is key to improving the capacity of the public sector and the effective delivery of public goods.

Governance reforms are often long term, complex, and difficult to measure. Rigorous evidence on what works in the sector is, therefore, in short supply with the governance field representing less than 3 percent of registered impact evaluations. The ieGovern initiative aims to help bridge this gap by extending rigorous evaluation methods to the portfolio of World Bank governance projects and beyond.


Strengthening Research on the Civil Service

ieGovern Program Overiew


Understanding Government in the Developing WorldJames Robinson, University Professor, University of Chicago

Understanding and Fixing Dysfunctional OrganizationsSir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Oxford

The Challenges and Opportunities of Civil Service Reform in GhanaNana Kwesi Agyekum Dwamena, Head of Civil Service, Republic of Ghana

The World Bank's Role in Filling the Evidence GapArianna Legovini, Manager, Development Impact Evaluation


Governance: One Example and What Bank Evaluations Can Add
   Jishnu Das, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

Discussant: Karla Hoff, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, and Co-Director, World Development Report 2015, World Bank

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2016

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