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enGENDER IMPACT: An Initiative to Synthesize and Disseminate World Bank Group Gender-Related Impact Evaluations


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Women in rural village, southern Bangladesh

Stephan Bachenheimer / World Bank


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

enGENDER IMPACT serves to:
1) compile existing and planned IEs led or supported by the World Bank Group
2) organize IEs around priority areas for policy action outlined in the World Development Report 2012 on Gender & 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


What is Impact Evaluation?

An 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.

For more information on impact evaluation, please visit this link.



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