Events

IsDB-World Bank DIME Impact Evaluation Event: Transforming Development through Evidence-Based Policy

January 29-31, 2019

Dakar, Senegal

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  • From January 29-31 the Development Impact Evaluation Unit (DIME) of the World Bank launched its new impact evaluation programs with the Islamic Development Bank and the World Food Programme as part of DIME’s effort to expand the use of data analytics and evidence-based methods in partner agencies.

    During the Dakar Workshop on Transforming Development through Evidence-Based Policy we worked with 60 policy makers from francophone West Africa to develop impact evaluation research aimed at identifying ways to increase the rate of return to their planned investment projects across the Sahel.

    The the workshop's main objective was to provide support to IsDB staff and Government Officials towards improving the design of their programs and using rigorous evidence to achieve better program results by learning how to make interventions work.

    The workshop used six (6) IsDB financed projects that constituted a concrete basis of case studies and hands-on experimentation. The workshop served to:

    • Enhance the capacity of IsDB staff and client government officials and counterparts to design rigorous Impact Evaluations (IE) through hands-on training on IE concepts, objectives, techniques, methods and management.
    • Develop a high-quality IE design and implementation plans for each selected project through targeted clinic sessions bringing together project teams, country counterparts, and IE Experts. Each plan will be the basis for a program of technical assistance to help projects conduct an IE and use resulting evidence to make policy decisions.
  • Tuesday (January 29)

    8:00 - 9:00AM

    Inscription et test de connaissances (pré) 
    (Registration and Knowledge Test (Pre))

    9:00 - 9:30AM

    Allocution d'ouverture
    (Opening remarks
    )
    Sidi Oul Taled, IsDB Manager Dakar Regional Hub, Islamic Development Bank

    9:30 - 10:15AM

    L’évaluation d’impact pour l’apprentissage en temps réel et l’influence des politiques publiques (Impact Evaluation for real-time learning and policy influence)
    Arianna Legovini, Development Impact Evaluation (Head of DIME), World Bank

    10:15 - 10:30AM

    Discussion

    10:30 - 10:45AM

    Coffee break

    10:45 - 11:45AM

    L’évaluation d’impact en pratique: ajouter de la valeur durant toutes les phases du projet
    (Impact Evaluation in practice: adding value across all phases of project cycle)

    Cette session contiendra des exemples du portefeuille de DIME: des exemples d’évaluations d’impact; de génération de systèmes de données et d’évidence; de renforcement de capacité locale et de systèmes de suivi de projet ;  et d’influence des politiques publiques.

    (This session will provide examples from DIME’s portfolio of IE: examples of IE work; generating data and evidence; building capacity and strengthening monitoring systems; influencing policy decisions.)

    Chair: Ababacar Gaye, Banque de Développement Islamique

    11:45 - 12:00PM

    Discussion

    12:30 - 1:30PM

    Lunch

    1:30 - 2:45PM

    Mesurer les impacts I: Inférence cause et m’méthodes quasi expérimentales 
    (Measuring Impact I: Causal Inference & Quasi-Experimental Methods)
    Alice Duhaut, Economist, DIME, World Bank

    Cette session introduira les concepts de causalité et de méthodes quasi-expérimentales. Elle couvrira des sujets comme l’inférence causale, différence dans la différence, appariement des coefficients de propension et de discontinuité de la régression.

    (This session will introduce causality and quasi-experimental research methods. Topics covered include causal inference, difference-in-differences, propensity score matching, and discontinuity design.)

    2:45 - 3:00PM

    Coffee Break

    3:00 - 5:30PM


    Travail de groupe: Session 1 (Group Work: Session 1)
    Les équipes de projet travaillent en équipe sur leur évaluation d’impact, facilité par le chef de projet et les chercheurs. 

    Durant cette session, le groupe établira la chaine de résultats attendus et les questions de recherche pour leur projet.

    (Project teams work on their impact evaluation, facilitated by project team leaders and researchers.)

    Wednesday (January 30) Workshop Day 2

    9:00 - 10:30AM

    Mesurer l’impact II: Méthode expérimentale et cas pratiques
    (Measuring Impact II: Experimental Methods and Practical Case Study)
    Theophile Bougna, Economist, DIME, World Bank 

    Cette session introduira la méthode expérimentale. Elle couvrira l’évaluation d’impact, l’inférence causale et la randomisation.

    (This session will introduce experimental methods. Topics covered include impact evaluation, causal inference, 
    and randomization.)

     

    10:30 - 10:45AM

    Coffee Break

     

    10:45 - 12:00PM

    Présentations (Lightning Talks)

    Chair: Ismaeel Ibrahim Naiya, Lead Economist, Islamic Development Bank

    Cette session donnera des exemples sur la façon dont un plan de recherche rigoureux nous permet de dépasser les défis d’implémentation. Elle couvrira des exemples d’agriculture,  du transport et de la santé.

     

    12:00 - 12:15PM

    Discussion

     

    12.15 - 1.45PM

    Lunch

     

    1:45 - 2:45PM

    Mesurer l’impact III: Échantillonnage et calcul de puissance
    (Measuring Impact III: Sampling and Power Calculations
    )

    Serge Adjognon, Economist, DIME, Banque Mondiale

    Cette session introduira les sujets de l’échantillonnage, la randomisation et le calcul de puissance.
    (Introduction of the concepts of sampling, randomization, and power calculations.)

     

    2:45 - 4:00PM

    Travail de groupe: Session 2 (Group Work: Session 2)

    Durant cette session, le groupe travaillera sur la stratégie d’identification, les indicateurs de résultats et les données qui seront utilisés pour chaque question de recherche
    (In this session, the group will discuss the identification strategy, outcome indicators, and datasets that will be used to answer each research question.)

     

    4:00 - 4:15PM

    Coffee Break

     

    4:15 - 6:00PM

    Travail de groupe: Session 3 (Group Work: Session 3)

    Durant cette session, le groupe travaillera sur l’implémentation pratique du plan d’évaluation d’impact, dont le budget, la ligne du temps et l’équipe disponible.  En outre, le groupe préparera la présentation du jour suivant.
    (In this session, the group will work on the practical implementation plan of the impact evaluation including budget, timeline, and staffing. They will also work on their presentations for the day after.)

     

    Thursday (January 31) Workshop Day 3

    8:30 - 9:30AM

    Les équipes finalisent leurs présentations. (Teams Finalize Presentations)

     

    9:30 - 10:00AM

    Test de connaissance (Post)
    (Knowledge Test (Post)
    )

     

    10:00 - 11:15AM

    Présentations: Exploiter les systèmes de données pour le développement
    (Lightning Talks: Harnessing data systems for development
    )

    Cette session donnera des exemples de données innovantes pour supporter les évaluations d’impact et la prise de décision. 
    (This session will provide examples of how innovative data can be used to support rigorous impact evaluation and policymaking.)

    Chair: Idrissa Dia, Strategic Coordinator, Vice- Presidency for Country Programs & Operations, Islamic Development Bank

     

    11:15 - 11:30AM

    Discussion

    11:45 - 12:45PM

    Plans d’évaluation d’impact: Présentations  de groupe I
    (Impact Evaluation Designs: Team Presentations I
    )

    Les équipes présentent leur plan pour l’évaluation d’impact de leur projet (10 min. par groupe).
    Les questions et les commentaires se font à la fin des présentations.
    L’ordre des présentations sera communiqué à l’avance

    (Teams present their evaluation design (10 minutes per team)
    Questions and Comments are answered at the end.
    Order of presentations to be provided prior to the panel)



    12:45-1:45PM

    Lunch

    1:45-2:45PM

    Plans d’évaluation d’impact: Présentations  de groupe I II
    (Impact Evaluation Designs: Team Presentations II
    )

    Les équipes présentent leur plan pour l’évaluation d’impact de leur projet (10 min. par groupe).
    Les questions et les commentaires se font à la fin des présentations.
    L’ordre des présentations sera communiqué à l’avance

    (Teams present their evaluation design (10 minutes per team)
    Questions and Comments are answered at the end.
    Order of presentations to be provided prior to the panel)

     

    2:45-3:15PM

    Remarques de clôture (Closing Remarks)

    Arianna Legovini, Development Impact Evaluation (Head of DIME), World Bank
    Sidi Oul Taled, IsDB Manager Dakar Regional Hub, Islamic Development Bank

    Support Staff at the Workshop:

    • Silvia Velez Caroco, DIME, Word Bank: Analyst 

     

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    Arianna Legovini

    Head of DIME, Development Research Group

    Arianna Legovini built and leads the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group of the World Bank, which aims to use research to improve development practice and policy outcomes. Since joining the Bank in 2004, she has worked to understand and develop the institutions required to engage researchers, operational staff and policymakers in improving the quality in the design and implementation of development projects. It was a dual approach; use problem-based research to generate useful data and evidence and leverage the international assistance funds to test out solutions to development problems. This went into action in 2004-2008, with the creation of the Africa Impact Evaluation initiative. In 2009, she imported Africa-grown lessons, processes and programs into the global impact evaluation program. By 2013, with core funding from UK Aid, she designed i2i (impact evaluation to development impact) to support the expansion of the approach across institutional partners and under-evaluated sectors representing the majority of development aid. i2i was critical in developing Bank-wide governance structures. Arianna is currently responsible for a $145 million dollars research program, leveraging about $3billion in WB, DFID and other partners lending,

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    Sveta Milusheva

    Economist, Development Research Group

    Sveta Milusheva is an Economist on the Development Impact Evaluation unit of the World Bank’s Development Research Group. Her research has focused on studying the development effects of migration and the long-term impacts of development interventions. She has worked extensively with Call Detail Record (CDR) data to study population movement and its impact and to develop methods for using the high temporal and spatial resolution of the cell phone data for the evaluation of policies. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University in 2017.

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    Alice Duhaut

    Economist, Development Research Group

    Alice Duhaut is a researcher in the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) unit within the Development Research Group at the World Bank. Her research interests lie in applied microeconomics and applied econometrics, especially social and economic networks, innovation policy and regional economics. Since joining the Bank in 2015, she has worked on economic and transport networks and territorial and spatial development in Sub-Saharan Africa and Brazil. She holds a license degree in philosophy, a master's degree in Quantitative Economics from ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, and a PhD in Economics from the same university.

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    Théophile Bougna

    Economist, Development Research Group

    Théophile Bougna is an Economist in the Energy and Environment Research Team of the World Bank's Development Research Group. His current research focuses on transport, urban and spatial economics with a particular interest on measuring and explaining changes in the spatial distribution of economic activity. His research has been published in Regional Sciences and Urban Economics and featured in VoxEU. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as an Analyst and Statistician at the Cameroon National Office of Statistics (INS), and Consultant for the Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare (CAMNAFAW-IPPF). Theophile received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from Université du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM), where he taught several economics courses and was a research assistant for the Canada Research Chair in Regional Impacts of Globalization. He also holds a Masters degree in Economics from the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche sur le Développement International (CERDI - France), a Bachelor of Engineering in Statistics from E.N.S.E.A (Côte d'Ivoire), and a Bachelor in Economics and Management from Université de Dschang (Cameroon).

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    Serge Adjognon

    Economist, Development Research Group

    Serge Adjognon is an Agricultural Economist in the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) Team of the World Bank's Development Research Group. Passionate about poverty and food security issues in developing countries, his research interests are in agricultural value chains, non-farm economy, agricultural finance, and climate change and climate-smart agriculture. He holds a MSc degree from McGill University, and a PhD degree from Michigan State University, both in Agricultural economics. Prior to joining the World Bank, Serge was a Graduate Research Assistant with the Food Security Group at Michigan State University.

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    Illenin Kondo

    University of Notre Dame

    Illenin Kondo is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Minnesota in 2012 under the supervision of Tim Kehoe, Fabrizio Perri, and Cristina Arellano. Illenin also hold electrical and computer engineering degrees from Georgia Tech and Supélec (now Centrale-Supélec) in France. Before joining Notre Dame, he was a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in the Trade and Financial Studies section of the Division of International Finance. Illenin also taught at Johns Hopkins University.

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    Paula von Haaren

    University of Heidelberg

    Paula von Haaren studied Economics at the University of Heidelberg and Development Economics at Göttingen University. During her studies, she worked as a student assistant for both universities and the Courant research center for Poverty, Inequality and Growth. Moreover, she completed internships at the UN research center for justice and crime and the KfW Development bank. Ms. von Haaren gained first experiences in South Asia while conducting research for her master thesis in Bihar, India. Her primary research interests lie in female empowerment, social capital, poverty, inequality and conflict and security issues. Ms. von Haaren will work as research assistant and pursue her PhD. at the department for Development Economics at the South Asia Institute., social capital, poverty, inequality and conflict and security issues.

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    Samba Mbaye

    Universite Gaston Berger

    Samba Mbaye is a teacher-researcher at the Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis, Senegal. He devotes his research to evaluating the impact of development programs on the well-being of Senegal's populations. He has extensive experience in building and managing panel data. He is co-responsible for the impact assessment of the National Rural Infrastructure Program (PNIR) (2002-2005) and the Cameroon Multiple Country AIDS Program (MAP) funded by the Global Development Network (GDN). He is responsible for collecting data from the national survey on the impact assessment of the social safety net system (National Family Security Scholarship Program) in Senegal. He has consulted extensively with major international organizations such as the World Bank and FAO. He is responsible for many other projects in both Senegal and Africa as a senior researcher specializing in impact assessment issues.

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    Sacha Dray

    London School of Economics

    Sacha Dray Sacha Dray is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics, and a researcher affiliated with STICERD. His research uses datasets from administrative records and new methods to study issues of development and to improve government interventions. He holds a Master’s in Economics from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po, and a BSc in Mathematics from the Sorbonne university UPMC. He previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the French Ministry of Budget.

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    El Hadji Birahim Gueye

    Sonatel Group

    El Hadji Birahim Gueye is the Head of the IT Innovation Lab at SONATEL group in Senegal. He is in charge of innovation initiatives from ideation to PoC validation. Birahim Gueye managed the definition of Big Data footprint and the definition of the IT roadmap for SONATEL group. He also successfully managed the Oracle OBIEE project (HR analytics, Procurement and spends analytics) for Sonatel group (Orange Senegal). Birahin is adept at managing all phases of IT project life cycle, from needs assessment through implementation.