This series is intended to provide a practical resource for those engaged in the design and implementation of safety net programs around the world. Readers will find information on good practices for a variety of types of interventions, country contexts, themes and target groups, as well as current thinking on the role of social safety nets in the broader development agenda.
Impact Evaluation of Social Programs : A Policy Perspective
2003-01, Blomquist, John
Governments and donor organizations
increasingly recognize that rigorous evaluations of public
interventions should be part of the social policy
decision-making process. Yet there is frequently a gap
between the desire for information on the effectiveness of
programs and an understanding of the potential and the
limitations of evaluation tools. This note reviews the basic
elements of good impact evaluations, identifies some of the
political economy aspects that influence whether they are
conducted, and explores ways to encourage use of evaluation.