Impact Evaluation Mentoring for Governments in East and West Africa


In September 2018, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation awarded PEP funding of $1.4M (US) over three years for activities to strengthen impact evaluation capacities in East and West Africa.

Coordinated by PEP’s Experimental Research (PIERI) group, PEP will provide support for local researchers conducting impact evaluations (IEs) of government programs.

PEP will also provide technical support to government officials interested in conducting IEs.

This initiative aims to reduce the gap between impact evaluation capabilities and demand (from local government and international organizations) in East and West Africa. 


Under this initiative, PEP will:

  • Organize a thematic conference on the integration of policy evaluation into policy design
    • To promote the work done through PEP’s experimental research group (research and capacity building for evidence-informed policymaking)
    • To raise awareness of the importance of and possibilities for locally-led impact evaluations
    • Held as part of the 2019 PEP Annual Conference in South Africa
  • Extend the current online training courses in IE methods
    • Equivalent to a one-term graduate course
  • Organize an IE PEP School for researchers and government officials in a target country
    • An intensive one-week classroom-based training workshop
  • Support six locally-led impact evaluation projects using field experiments
    • Via PEP’s unique Grant Plus support program: 
      • A multi-stage evaluation, training, mentoring and peer-review process 
      • In analytical techniques and policy engagement
      • From project design to publication and dissemination
  • Provide customized mentoring and support to government officials in conducting rigorous IEs of existing policies
    • In two countries in the target regions
    • Follows participation in IE training

Additionally, the PEP-PIERI Research Director will participate in a scoping study for IE capacities in Africa, led by the African Evidence Network.

All activities will be based in East and West Africa, with a particular emphasis on Low Income Economies (LIEs).

View the Call for Expressions of Interest (aussi en français)
Download the PEP IE Government Mentoring Program Grants Manual



Evidence-based policymaking is essential to foster growth and achieve long-term development. Despite recent increases in sound IEs carried out in Africa, local capacity remains low, particularly for evaluation design and implementation. 

Local IE capacity is particularly important as researchers based in the study country are more familiar with the local context, better able to monitor all the steps of an IE, and develop closer ties with policymakers before, during and after the evaluation.

A base of better-trained and policy-engaged researchers, combined with increased government enthusiasm for IEs, should lead to better quality public policies for development in the target countries.


Projects selected for PEP-support

Six projects, in five African countries, are being supported under the Impact Evaluation Mentoring initiative (full list below). 

The six projects include five projects in low-income economies and/or fragile or conflict-affected situations (LIE/FC).

These projects involve a total of 56 researchers and government officers. Half of all team members are women and half of the projects are led by female team leaders.

Project code (link) Project title Country
PIERI-20379 Impact evaluation on community results-based financing in health in Zambia Zambia
PIERI-20374 Evaluation of the soy productivity improvement pilot project in the Agricultural Development Pole 4 in Benin: An experimental study of the gender-differentiated Impact Benin*
PIERI-20372 Étude d’impact de l’insertion socio-économique des jeunes vulnérables en Côte d’Ivoire Côte
PIERI-20367 Business Training and Awareness Campaign for the M-CADJU Service Guinea-Bissau***
PIERI-20355 The Effect of Mobile Phone Text Messages Reminder on Property Tax Compliance in Tanzania: An evidence from Randomized Control Trials Tanzania*
PIERI-20331 Citizen participation and mobilization of local resources in Benin: The case of built and unbuilt property taxes Benin*
*Low-income economies (LIE)   **Fragile or conflict-affected situations (FC)  ***LIE and FC

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