Using Rigorous Impact Evaluation to Learn What Works in Reducing Poverty
Thursday, October 6 | 10:45am
- Julia Chabrier, Policy Manager, J-PAL North America
- Jason Bauman, Policy Manager, J-PAL North America
Caterina Hill, Research Associate, Harvard Medical School, Manager of Research and Evaluation at the Family Van, Co-Investigator, Mobile Health Map
Julia Chabrier & Jason Bauman Presentation Notes
Policymakers and practitioners are actively innovating and experimenting with approaches to address poverty. Yet too often, they must act without the benefit of rigorous evidence about what has been tried and proven elsewhere, or of learning after the fact which of their own policies and programs were most effective. Rigorous impact evaluations can be a powerful tool for generating evidence about the effectiveness of social programs, empowering policymakers and practitioners to improve existing programs and catalyzing the funding and political support necessary for scaling up effective programs. This interactive workshop will provide a framework for understanding the value of rigorous evaluation and identifying opportunities to build rigorous evaluation into the design and implementation of social programs.