Effectiveness for Improving Lives

Evaluation Hub: Sources and Resources at Your Fingertips

Development programs and policies are intended to improve people's quality of life. Evidence-based policy making includes identifying the most appropriate intervention, tracking a program's implementation and measuring whether the intented impacts were actually achieved. The generation of rigorous evidence can in turn enhance accountability, inform budget allocations, and guide policy decisions. To help facilitate implementation of the development effectiveness agenda, this evaluation hub centralizes a variety of resources, tools and guidelines which users can consult and adapt for their specific needs.


Impact Evaluations assess changes in outcomes that are directly attributable to a program. The emphasis on causality and attribution is its hallmark.This section provides references and materials commonly used throughout the impact evaluation cycle.


Cost-benefit analysis quantifies the costs and benefits of a program in monetary terms, while cost-effectiveness analysis compares the cost of similar interventions for achieving a desired outcome.This section offers guidelines and tips for conducting both ex-ante and ex-post cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses.