June 27, 2018 - PEP-PIERI Research Director, Maria Laura Alzua, attended the 2018 International Tech4Dev Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. She participated as a panellist discussing how to close the gap in impact evaluations for social innovations.
Dr Alzua participated in the Opportunities and Challenges in Quality (Rigorous) Impact Evaluations: Lessons from Academia and the Field panel on the first day of the conference. The panel presented examples of high quality impact evaluations and discussed the challenges and opportunities faced when designing evaluations for development interventions (e.g., technology for disaster risk reduction, ICT, sustainable and renewable energy, sustainable habitats and cities, etc.).
Dr Alzua spoke about how to best interact with the implementing agency during the design and implementation stages of an impact evaluation. She also discussed ways of measuring long-term impacts through impact evaluations, and how to improve their external validity.
Marina Cracco from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Neeta Goel from the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) led the session, which was quite lively with many questions and suggestions from the audience.
The UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development, hosted by the Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV) at the EPFL, organised the 5th International Conference on Technologies for Development (Tech4Dev 2018) that took place June 27-29, 2018, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The conference theme was Voices of the Global South. It focused on the potential of technology solutions to advance inclusive social and economic development in the Global South.