PEP researchers present at 2011 Impact Evaluation Conference - MIND THE GAP: From Evidence to Policy Impact

Cuernavaca (Mexico) June 15-17 2011

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Each year billions of dollars are spent on tackling global poverty. Development programs and policies are designed to build sustainable livelihoods and improve lives. But is there real evidence to show which programs work and why? Are government and donor policies based on concrete and credible evidence?
The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico (INSP), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Center for Labor and Social Distributive Studies in coordination with the Impact Evaluation Network and the Poverty and Economic Policy Network (CEDLAS-IEN-PEP) will address some of these questions by co-hosting a conference on impact evaluation in Cuernavaca, Mexico, June 15 -17, 2011.
See the main conference webpage : 
IDRC-organized sessions : Brochure
For those unable to attend the event, please note that these 4 (IDRC-organized) sessions will be available “live” via WEBEX for remote participants – information on the webex sessions will be available on the main conference webpage

Conference format

This conference will provide a platform to share and discuss experiences on how to best achieve evidence-based policy in sectors that are highly relevant for Latin America. To this end, the conference will mainstream a policy-focus into all its activities. The plenary sessions will address the challenges and progress made in building evidence into policy-making processes. The sector-focused sessions will be asked to address the engagement of stakeholders and policy-makers in the various studies presented. The conference will be preceded by a range of pre-conference clinics tailored to the interests and needs of both researchers and program managers.

PEP sessions

As requested by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada, PEP Latin American Director, Martin Valdivia will present a report on the state of Impact Evaluation studies in Latin America, entitled: “Impact Evaluation for Policy Making: A close look at Latin American countries with weaker research capacities”. Authors: María Laura Alzúa, Habiba Djebbari, Martín Valdivia

Providing evidence to influence policy: perspectives and challenges
09:00 - 10:30 hrs - The demand and supply of impact evaluations: case studies from Africa, Latin America and Asia - Chair: Marie-Claude Martin (Think Tank Initiative, IDRC). Discussants: Orazio Attanasio (UCL/IFS),  Dra. Graciela Teruel (CONEVAL), Fred Carden (IDRC).
  • Impact Evaluation for Policy Making in Latin America - Martín Valdivia (GRADE-PEP-PIERI)
  • Impact Evaluation in Sub-Saharan Africa - Jean-David Naudet (AFD)
  • The State of Evaluation in India - Lilindo Chakrabarti (DESI/Sharda University)

Organizer: IDRC/PEP/ PIERI

Mr Valdivia, PEP-PIERI program leader Habiba Djebbari, and PEP researchers Maria Laura Alzua and Fabio Soares, were also invited to hold a special PEP clinic to provide training on impact evaluation methodologies on June 15, 2011. 


Around 400 researchers, policy makers, program managers and evaluators mainly coming from Latin America, as well as Africa and Asia, will be gathering in Cuernavaca to share experiences and lessons learned on how to influence policy and turn research into action.
Bursaries are being made available to developing country participants with a proven interest in impact evaluation. Please see criteria and deadlines.
The conference will accommodate only 400 attendees. Please register early to secure your attendance. Registration will open March 1st. 2011. Early bird rates will be offered. Check the conference website often for up to date conference information. You can also sign up for 3ie’s e-newsletter

Conference languages

The official languages of the Conference are Spanish and English. Simultaneous translation will be provided for all conference sessions.
More information here



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