PEP launches a new initiative for Strengthening Impact Evaluation Capacities for Development (SIECD) in East and West Africa. 

Supporting PEP’s mission to foster evidence-based policymaking, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has renewed its partnership with PEP for this new, three-year initiative. 

Coordinated by PEP’s Experimental Research group, this initiative goes beyond the scope of the Impact Evaluation Mentoring for Governments in East and West Africa initiative (2018-2021) to strengthen experimental Impact Evaluation (IE) capacities among experienced researchers and within governments in East and West Africa. It also aims to increase the demand for rigorous evaluations from these governments.

Male researcher surveying woman sitting outside with a child on her knee
Photo: Marcel Crozet / ILO


Teams of in-country PEP alumni and other senior local researchers working alongside government officers will undertake impact evaluations of new and existing policy initiatives that have not previously been evaluated.

PEP will support the project teams to enhance the researchers’ technical skills in conducting IE research in an autonomous manner. This initiative will also target governments to boost their capacities in commissioning and implementing sound IEs that can inform decisions on local priority issues.

Addressing an urgent need

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 insufficient for autonomous research. 

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.

Country projects

Gambia       Malawi       Tanzania


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