Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Thinking through absorption and learning of RCTs: perspectives from a donor and implementing partner

Session Number: 3103
Track: Democracy and Governance
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: Impact evaluation, RCT
Session Facilitator: Tina Byenkya [Senior Program Officer - National Democratic Institute]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Dalen Nhim, National Democratic Institute (NDI) [Monitoring and Evaluation Manager - National Democratic Institute (NDI)]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Morgan O'Leary Holmes [Evaluation Methodologist - USAID]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (11:30 AM - 12:15 PM)
Room: Truman

Theme: Learning About Evaluation Use and Users
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This roundtable seeks to discuss a unique partnership between USAID and its partner organizations to facilitate learning about the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance sector. In 2016, USAID Cambodia implemented an experimental intervention (randomized control trial, or RCT) on a civic engagement program implemented by the National Democratic Institute. The RCT, designed by Cesi Cruz, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Asian Research and the Department of Political Science at University of British Columbia, sought to examine the extent to which an SMS-based intervention improved civic education and political access for women. Roundtable participants will learn about this partnership and discuss the following questions:

  1. How can we best promote the absorption and utilization of the learning that emerges from the experiment?
  2. What are advantages and disadvantages of including academic partners in research design and implementation?
  3. What are some of the extra constraints this puts on partners as they implement programs?


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