World Bank Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund

The Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund is a new trust fund established within the World Bank to carry out and support research evaluating the impact of programs to alleviate poverty. The knowledge generated will provide evidence for designing more effective policies and programs.

The fund was created with the support of the British government's Department for International Development. The fund will support impact evaluations of innovative programs, capacity building on impact evaluation methods, and knowledge sharing of results. The program, which is being managed by the World Bank's Human Development Network, will run from 2012-2018.

The SIEF will finance impact evaluations in the areas of: 1) Early Childhood Nutrition, Health and Development, 2) Basic Education Service Delivery, 3) Health Systems and Service Delivery and 4) Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Sustainable Human Development. These research areas were chosen because of their strategic policy significance for development agencies and country policymakers. 

This approach will generate cross-country evidence on how key programs work in different countries. The new Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund will build on the knowledge and research generated by the Spanish Trust Fund for Impact Evaluation. 

The World Bank is committed to helping countries meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Knowing what works - and doesn't - is key to designing and delivering effective programs that help people meet these goals. With more than 211 completed and 324 active impact evaluations applied in 72 countries, the World Bank is the largest development organization systematically supporting and carrying out research on development effectiveness. The World Bank's global reach and technical expertise means that impact evaluation results are accessible and useful to countries seeking to craft policies that deliver tangible benefits.

Fund Objectives
  • Generate a solid evidence base on the development effectiveness of programs affecting health, nutrition and education
  • Build capacity for understanding and using monitoring and evaluation, particularly impact evaluation techniques, through regional training workshops and toolkits
  • Improve access to impact evaluation results to support evidence-based policymaking

We are now announcing our first call for proposals. Applications must be submitted by 8 a.m. (EST) on Monday, June 4 through our email application system. Please see information below for further details on the research areas the SIEF will support and application materials.
Research Cluster Notes provide details about the areas of research the SIEF supports.
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