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On Tuesday, May 4, 2010, Center for Global Development (CGD) and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) co-hosted a workshop entitled Closing the Evaluation Gap: 3ie One Year On (Are Conditional Cash Transfer Programs Improving Human Capital?). The workshop included discussion of recent impact evaluations of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs in relation to education and health benefits. Focusing on the role of rigorous evaluation in policy interventions and highlighting lessons learned from conditional cash transfer programs in the health and education sectors, the event provided an opportunity for dialogue between high-level policymakers and researchers to discuss the implications of available evidence and propose recommendations for moving forward. The workshop included the introduction to a special issue of the newly-launched Journal of Development Effectiveness focusing on CCT programs, along with a series of panel discussions focused on the capacity for social interventions to improve outcomes such as educational achievement, prenatal care, and newborn health in developing countries.
Panelists and speakers included: Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development Paul Glewwe, Professor of Economics, University of Minnesota Ruth Levine, Former Chair, Evaluation Gap Working Group; Director, Evaluation, Policy Analysis & Learning, USAID Miguel Szekely, Former Undersecretary for Education, Government of Mexico Howard White, Executive Director, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) Click here for the workshop agenda and full list of speakers.