What is impact evaluation and when should you do it?

The first in a series of lecture notes produced by the Poverty Action Lab and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this presentation introduces you to the 'whys' and 'hows' of impact evaluation and when it should be used.

The resource provides the user with a video of the lecture presented by Rachel Glennerster and the lecture-notes slides.


Topics covered are:

  • Why impact evaluation?
  • Objective of evaluation
  • A model of change to evaluate
  • Different types of evaluation
  • Evaluation and cost benefit analysis
  • When to do an impact evaluation
  • Putting it all together: developing an evaluation strategy
  • Learning from impact evaluations
The methods covered include:
  • Needs assessment
  • Process evaluation
  • Impact evaluation
  • Cost-benefit analysis


Glennerster, R (2009) 1: What is Impact Evaluation and When Should You Do It?  Abdul Latif Jameel,  Poverty Action Lab Executive Training: Evaluating Social Programs Lecture Notes,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Retrieved from http://ocw.mit.edu/resources/res-14-001-abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-actio...

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

Poverty Action Lab (PAL) http://www.povertyactionlab.org/