Enhanced Program Design 2.0 for Better Impact

Session Number: ICCE4
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Randal Joy Thompson [President - Excellence, Equity, and Empowerment (E3) Consulting Firm]
Presenter 1: Rebecca Pursell-Gotz [Senior Associate - Genesis Analytics]
Presenter 2: Tonya Caprarola Giannoni [Chief of Party - Social Solutions International]
Presenter 3: Joseph Kotun [M&E Practice Lead - Sheladia Associates]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Rebecca Pursell-Gotz [Senior Associate - Genesis Analytics]
Time: Oct 28, 2016 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: A702

Abstract 1 Title: Improving the impact of a South African corporate social investment (CSI) program through program design and monitoring
Presentation Abstract 1:

Historically, the monitoring of corporate social responsibility programs has tended to focus on how much money was spent and what activities have been completed. With this limited perspective companies have been unable to ascertain the impact of their programs, establish the conditions for their sustainability or develop deeper insights into how social outcomes reinforce their own corporate objectives.

Good upfront program design and monitoring can help address this challenge. This presentation is based on real world experiences of working with a large scale South African property developer, operating in the commercial office space market, which also has a large CSI portfolio. The analysis demonstrates how working collaboratively with this developer in order to improve upfront program design  and monitoring has sharpened its focus on the need to improve impact and align CSI programs with company objectives.


Abstract 2 Title: Evaluation of Sustainability: Is there a role for institutions?
Presentation Abstract 2:

Evaluations are often called up to answer a question that more or less follows the following format: "Which activities and results are most likely to be sustained post project completion?" or "What were the major factors that influenced sustainability?" The research conducted for this paper examines how the evaluations conducted for the United States Agency for International Development in fiscal year 2015 answered questions about sustainability. The research categorizes and assesses the methods and types of analysis used.

The author argues that common factors that confound the findings and conclusion of the evaluation include the weakness of the program design and/or the evaluation approach that inadequately take into account "institutions." The research incorporates literature from political science and economics on institutions to better understand the intersection of institutional analysis and evaluation.


Abstract 3 Title: Dams, Roads and Resettlement: Evaluation-Informed Infrastructure Design
Presentation Abstract 3:

The not-so-long-ago history of international development includes many stories of well-intentioned but misinformed large scale infrastructure projects gone very wrong, with often appalling consequences for the people most directly affected through displacement.  While the multi-lateral banks and other large funders have evolved in their approach to resettlement through policies that include detailed resettlement plans and social safeguards, the designs of these are informed by social and environmental impact evaluations that are often narrow in scope and constrained by funding, time and resources.  Moreover, these evaluations are often conducted after the physical project works are already designed and underway. This presentation will discuss how evaluation is currently used to inform large scale infrastructure project design and resettlement plans, and used to measure social impact using several examples in Africa and Asia. Discussion will include lessons learned and innovations in evaluation design used to predict and measure social impact in irrigation, hydropower and road projects.

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

Enhanced Program Design 2.0 for Better Impact