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Firm Up Performance

September 9-12, 2019

Athens, Greece

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  • This workshop, hosted by Competitiveness Policy Lab (ComPEL) and Development Impact Evaluation (DIME), gathers a significant number of practitioners and management, clients, researchers, and partners, with the following objectives:

    • To develop initial design and implementation plans for new impact evaluations through structured clinics sessions.
    • To enhance the technical capacity of staff and clients through training provided in methods sessions.
    • To bring participants up to date with latest research trends and results from relevant impact evaluations through policy and ignite sessions around four areas of interest: technology adoption, access to finance, connecting businesses, and targeting firms with high growth potential. 
    • To strengthen the impact evaluation community through networking sessions with stakeholders, Management, and researchers.
  • Monday September 9

    8:30-8:45         Registration

    8:45-9:00         Welcoming Remarks

    9:00-9:30         Knowledge Exercise 1 

    9:30-10:30       Impact Evaluation for Achieving Impact

    11:30-12:30     Methods: Non-Experimental

    12:30-1:30       Methods: Case Study on Non-Experimental Methods

    2:30-3:30         Methods: Ideas for Measuring Firm Outcomes

    3:30-3:45         Intro to Clinics: Integrating Impact Evaluation into the Design of Projects 

    4:00-6:00         Clinic 1: Objective and Theory of Change
    Teams will describe their projects and establish a results chain. They will identify which constraints their programs aim to address, and which other potential binding constraints might remain. Discussion will be submitted to their facilitator using a PowerPoint template.

     

    Tuesday September 10

    8:45-10:00       Methods: Experimental

    10:00-10:45     Methods: Sampling

    11:00-11:45     Policy Session: Technology Adoption

    11:45-12:30     Ignite Session: Experiments on Technology Adoption (15 min per case, 15 min Q&A)

    1:30-2:15         Policy Session: Improving Access to SME Finance
    2:15-3:00         Ignite Session: Experiments on Improving Access to SME Finance
    (15 min per case, 15 min Q&A)

    3:30-4:30        Research Questions, Outcome Measures, and Data

    Teams determine the research questions to be answered by the impact evaluation and the corresponding outcome indicators and data. The results will be recorded in the PowerPoint template.

    4:30-6:00        Clinic 3: IE Methods and Implications in Roll out Plans

    Teams will work on designing an impact evaluation strategy to answer the questions they have identified. The proposed design will be recorded in the project's PowerPoint template.

     

    Wednesday September 11

    9:00-10:00      Methods: Case Study for Experimental Methods

    10:30-11:30    Debrief from Project Teams: Research Questions and Knowledge Gaps

    11:30-12:15     Policy Session: Connecting Business to Improve Market Access - Research Trends and Impact Evaluation Opportunities

    12:15-1:15        Ignite Session: Experiments on Connecting Business to Improve Market Access (15 min per case, 15 min Q&A)

    2:00-2:45        Policy Session: Targeting Firms High Growth Potential - Research Trends and Impact Evaluation Opportunities

    2:45-3:30        Ignite Session: Experiments on Targeting Firms High Growth Potential (15 min per case, 15 min Q&A)

    4:00– 6:00      Clinic 4: Implementation Plan and Presentation

    Teams will work on practical implementation plan of the IE (including budget, timeline, and staffing) and polish their PowerPoint presentation.

     

    Thursday September 12

    8:30 – 10:30   Clinic 5: Teams’ presentations

    15 min per team (5 min presentation, 10 min discussion)

    10:45 – 12:45 Clinic 5: Teams’ presentations (continued) 
    15 min per team (5 min presentation, 10 min discussion)

    3:00 – 7:00 Networking Field Trip