Designed for Impact: The World Bank and Evidence-Based Policy Making

Session Number: 1344
Track: Advocacy and Policy Change
Session Type: Ignite
Tags: Advocacy and policy change, Evaluation Policy, International Evaluation, Mixed-Methods Evaluation, policy evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Nils Junge [Evaluation Specialist and Policy Advisor - Independent Consultant]
Time: Oct 27, 2016 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: International South 6 - Ignite 1

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

How do international organizations such as the World Bank evaluate and address poverty issues within their lending practices? How does analytical work influence the poverty reduction agenda? This Ignite presentation outlines one commonly used approach: Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA). In international development, this is the point where evaluation meets policy, with the aim of promoting positive social development outcomes.

PSIA studies, utilizing an array of methodologies, assess whether poor and marginalized populations will benefit from policy reforms or be left behind. Furthermore, they are designed for impact, by including a strongly consultative element. As much as possible, the evaluation process is used as a platform to open space for public dialogue and the basis for policy discussions with government counterparts. The presentation will unpack the approach’s key concepts, share examples, and highlight a number of challenges.