East Africa Transport Workshop
June 15-17, 2016Nairobi, Kenya

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.s.

Transport accounts for 29 percent of global multilateral development bank (MDB) assistance, but only 0.4 percent of impact evaluations have transport as a core topic.

The World Bank’s new impact evaluation program for transport will develop an analytical framework for prioritizing and filling knowledge gaps. It will build the necessary knowledge and data for transport investments in general, and for conducting IEs in particular. It will also include iterative experimentation during implementation to inform mid-course decisions, improving delivery and effectiveness. Finally, the initiative will help build capacity for evidence-based decision-making across development banks and client country institutions.

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2016


Wednesday June 15 (Day I)


8:30 - 9:00AM

Registration and coffee


9:00 – 9:15AM

Welcome and introduction



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


9:15-9:45 AM

Big challenges facing the transportation sector in East Africa

Chair: Nancy Vandycke

Arianna Legovini, Manager, World Bank DIME

Kenya Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development representative (invited).

Duncan Kibogong, Kenya National Transport and Safety Authority.

Baher El-Hefnawi, Lead Transport Economist and Global Lead for Transport Corridors and Regional Integration, World Bank


9:45-10:15 AM

Introduction to DIME’s “ieConnect” transport and ICT impact evaluation portfolio

Arianna Legovini, manager, DIME, World Bank



The Transport and ICT Global Practice Vision for the Sustainable Mobility for all framework

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


10:45 - 11:15 AM

IE Methods Review (with application to transport)



Kevin Croke, Economist, World Bank DIME

This session will be a basic IE review followed by IE design-related thoughts on the challenges faced by the initial EOI designs from the ieConnect window.



Coffee Break


11:30 – 12:30 PM

Strengthening Transport IE Designs (1): Evaluating Transport Corridors and BRTs



Melanie Morten, Assistant Professor of Economics, Stanford University

This will be a detailed methodological presentation, using the Dar es Salaam BRT as a case study, which will focus on best practices for creating a counterfactual, and accounting for and modelling general equilibrium issues (i.e. displacement and selection/composition effects).  


12:30 – 1:30PM




1:30-3:00 pm

Strengthening Transport IE Designs (2): Adding Experiments to Transport Evaluations




This session will discuss how and why to layer randomized experiments on top of an infrastructure investment to test mechanisms of impact and/or policy interventions that can magnify the benefits or alleviate the costs of large scale investments across the three program areas of urban mobility, transport corridors, and road safety.

Chair: Baher El-Hifnawi, Lead Transport Economist and Global Lead for Transport Corridors and Regional Integration, World Bank

Road safety and behavior change:

Syon Bhanot, Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College

·       Integrating experiments into the “SmarTTranS” Nairobi matatu road safety project

Urban mobility:

Gharad Bryan, Assistant Professor of Economics, London School of Economics

·       Integrating experiments into the Dar es Salaam BRT project

Arianna Legovini, Manager, World Bank DIME

·       Reducing gender-based violence and harassment on public transport in Rio de Janeiro – a case of adaptive experimental design



3:00-3:15 PM

Coffee Break    

3:15-5:00 PM

Project Group Work

In this session, project teams will take stock of their current IE design, and discuss opportunities for strengthening it. Projects without an existing IE design will work to develop a design.


Thursday June 16 (Day II)

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Developing a shared measurement and outcomes framework for transport impact evaluation(1): economic growth and road safety


Chair: Kevin Croke

Julia Bird, postdoctoral research fellow, Oxford University

·       Economic growth, measurement, and outcomes from transportation improvements: Capturing direct and indirect effects

Tawia Addo-Ashong, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank

·       Road safety theory, measurement and outcomes: the perspective from operations

Guadalupe Bedoya, economist, DIME World Bank

·       Road safety measurement in the SmarTTranS project

A key goal of this workshop is to develop a shared understanding of the outcomes that should be captured in transport impact evaluations across the East Africa region, and to think about the data infrastructure that will be required to capture these outcomes. The focus of this session will be on proposing a common measurement and outcomes framework for IEs in each of these three areas. The goal is that projects across all three areas could agree on what final and intermediate outcomes (and covariates) they should all be measuring, and at what level of aggregation

10:00-11:00 AM

Transport corridors and impact evaluation

In this session, presenters will discuss forthcoming transport corridor projects with a focus on identifying opportunities for impact evaluations of the corridors and of complementary development interventions 

Baher El-Hifnawi, World Bank, Lead Transport Economist and Global Lead for Transport Corridors and Regional Integration, World Bank

·       The World Bank’s transport corridor program

Yonas Mchomvu/ Haileyesus Adamtei/ Stephen Muzira/Emmanuel Taban/James Markland/Zemedkun Tessema, World Bank Transport and ICT Global Practice

·       Current and future transport corridor projects in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Uganda

Mamo Esmelealem Mihretu, Senior Operations Officer, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank

·       Trade and Competitiveness and Transport Corridors in Ethiopia

Arianna Legovini, manager, World Bank DIME

·       The East African trade zone vision: Experimentation across sectors and across the region


11:00 - 11:15AM

Coffee Break


11:15 - 1:00PM

New technology for data collection in transport impact evaluations (1)

Chair: Guadalupe Bedoya

Maria Jones, DIME, World Bank

·       Using crowdsourcing to collect data in the Rwanda feeder roads project\ building experimentation into the Rwanda irrigation project

Priyanka deSouza (UNEP)

·       Integrating air quality monitoring into transport impact evaluation  

Sam Asher, postdoctoral fellow, Oxford University

·       New ways of accessing administrative data to generate causal identification in transport evaluations

Tierra Bills, IBM Kenya

·       Using sensors and apps to collect transportation data (road quality; aggressive driving) in Nairobi


 Building on the previous session on shared outcomes, this session will focus on the use of new technologies to collect data on outcomes of interest in transportation impact evaluations. A key question is the extent to which new technologies can enable sustained/routine data collection on these outcomes, outside of IE survey-based data collection efforts.   


1:00 – 2:00PM



2:00 – 3:45PM

Group work



The focus of this group work session will be to continue the work on the overall IE design which was initiated on day 1, with additional focus on the outcomes that will be measured as part the impact evaluation, in light of the earlier discussion about common measurement and outcomes framework.


3:45 - 4:00PM

Coffee Break

4:00-5:00 PM

Developing a shared measurement and outcomes framework (2): urban environmental and climate change outcomes

Shomik Mehndiratta, Lead urban transport specialist, World Bank (via video/WebEx)

·       Developing a conceptual framework for incorporating climate change outcomes in urban transportation impact evaluations



Friday June 17 (Day III)

9:00 – 11:00 AM

New technology for data collection in transport impact evaluations (2)


Chair: Susumu Yoshida


Wenfei Xu, Civic Data Design Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


·     Big data in transport: using mapping tools and telematics in the Digital Matatus project

Simon Alder, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

·     Using remote sensing/satellite data to estimate impact of transport projects on economic growth

Kiwako Sakamoto, DIME, World Bank

·     Big data in transport projects: examples from the Philippines and China

Jackie Klopp, Columbia University

·       Urban transport, new technologies and public health data in Nairobi

This sessions will continue Thursday’s discussions about the potential for the use of new technologies for data collection in transportation impact evaluations.

11:00 – 11:15AM

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30PM

Final group work session / presentation prep


Groups will finalize their revised IE design for presentation to the group later in the afternoon.

12:30 - 1:30PM



1:30 – 3:30PM

Projects report back to the group with their revised design, receive comments, feedback

The Kenya BRT, Dar es Salaam BRT, Kenya matatus/road safety, Ethiopia highway development, Rwanda feeder roads, and other transport corridor projects (to be confirmed) will present revised impact evaluation designs to the group and receive feedback from designated discussants. 


3:30 – 3:45PM

Coffee Break


3:45 – 4:15PM

Concluding remarks/discussion


Arianna Legovini, World Bank DIME

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

Baher El-Hefnawi, Lead Transport Economist and Global Lead for Transport Corridors and Regional Integration, World Bank


Last Updated: Jun 30, 2016

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