enGENDER IMPACT A Gateway to Gender-Related Impact Evaluations


The World Bank Group has increased investments in gender-informed operations and research in recent years. Impact evaluation (IE) is one important part of this momentum. Impact evaluations increase understanding of what works, and what doesn’t, to improve outcomes that are critical to increasing gender equality in different contexts around the world. Impact evaluations can drive and test innovation, and contribute to evidence-based practice and policy-making.

enGENDER IMPACT serves to:
1) compile IEs led or supported by the World Bank Group
2) organize IEs around priority areas for policy action highlighted in the World Development Report 2012 on Gender Equality and Development
3) distill standard information on all IEs so that lessons can be easily accessed and applied

In doing so, enGENDER IMPACT aims to contribute to gender equality by:
1) supporting global knowledge sharing and uptake of key lessons
2) encouraging more and better IEs in key gender topics

This resource point currently captures World Bank gender-related IEs from January 2000 to August 2013. The resource point will be updated with any new includable IEs twice per year.

For more information on how the World Bank finds, selects and extracts data from studies included in enGENDER IMPACT, download the process document.

What is Impact Evaluation?
Impact evaluation assesses changes in the well-being of individuals, households, communities or firms that can be attributed to a particular project, program or policy. The central impact evaluation question is what would have happened to those receiving the intervention if they had not in fact received the program.

All Included Impact Evaluations
An Excel file containing the full list of impact evaluations included in enGENDER IMPACT can be downloaded from this link. The spreadsheet contains all of the information collected and coded on the impact evaluations’ design, results, and other characteristics.

For further information, or to submit new World Bank-supported impact evaluations, please email


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