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Berkeley - IDB Impact Evaluation Collaborative

Overview

The Berkeley - IDB Impact Evaluation Collaborative (BIC) was developed to institutionalize the role of impact evaluation (IE) in policy-making throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. BIC seeks to empower policy makers in the region to improve development effectiveness by strengthening the evidence base in priority sectors. The program brings IDB staff and external stakeholders from the region to UC Berkeley for an intensive two-week executive training program, followed by ongoing distance learning and mentored project development over the course of twelve months.

The collaborative is targeted towards the Bank’s diverse lending portfolio and focuses on key development challenges in sectors such as energy, transport, water and sanitation, rural development and climate change. A key goal of BIC is to foster productive, lasting partnerships between IDB researchers and faculty specializing in IE within the CEGA network.

See this video to learn more about BIC's executive training program.

Program Components

On-Site Executive Education

In two years of the program, BIC brought 120+ IDB participants from IDB priority sectors to UC Berkeley where they received hands-on training in the rigorous evaluation of economic and social programs, with a focus on research design, statistical methods, survey management, and dissemination of results to policymakers. The initial on-site training lasted two weeks. All participants were directly involved in Bank-financed development projects or projects that contributed directly to fill strategic knowledge gaps for the Bank and its clients. Courses were led by a network of leading development researchers at the University of California as well as partner institutions throughout Latin America.

Online Distance Learning

Following the initial on-site training, BIC offered a web-based learning module for advanced participants focused on essential IE skills. The online module provided additional training on impact evaluation methodologies, power calculations, questionanire design, fieldwork and data management, and data analysis. Faculty and graduate teaching assistants provided ongoing remote support throughout the module. The online module was later on converted into a stand alone open course on Applied Impact Evaluation, and is now available on the platform edX for anyone to use. The links to the full online course and its learning guides are available on the sidebar to the right.

Mentored Impact Evaluation Studies

Up to 15 projects were selected to receive ongoing support by BIC-affiliated faculty to finalize the design or implementation of their Impact Evaluation. Selected projects received both remote and on-site faculty mentoring and feedback over the course of a full calendar year. Depending on the stage, each selected project completed either a full IE report or a detailed IE concept note, which they presented at UC Berkeley at the conclusion of the course.