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Universal Health Coverage in Time of Crises: Don’t Abandon the Ship to Avoid the Storm
October 23, 2023
In times of mounting debt, the quest for universal health coverage (UHC) faces critical challenges. Rising debt has far-reaching effects, including reduced access to financing, political instability, and decreased spending on international aid. The burden of debt, coupled with high inflation, is thr...
Takeaways from a Landscaping Analysis of African Organizations with Impact Evaluation Capacity
August 07, 2023
While donors are increasingly interested in both promoting evidence-based policymaking and advancing locally led development, the two agendas have often remained separate. This is a missed opportunity. A recent CGD working group underscored the value of locally immersed researchers and organizations...
Taking Stock of Organizations with Impact Evaluation Capacity Headquartered in sub-Saharan Africa: A New Database and Landscaping Analysis
August 07, 2023
CGD conducted a landscaping exercise to better understand the current landscape of organizations headquartered in sub-Saharan Africa that boast impact evaluation capacity. The resulting database is intended as a resource for funders looking to advance locally led development; to help facilitate coor...
The Brass Tacks of Fostering Evidence Use, Learning, and Transparency at the World Bank
June 05, 2023
Recent CGD events have shown several bright spots for the evidence-informed policy agenda, demonstrating leadership commitment to evidence generation and use. The new World Bank president, Ajay Banga, called for the institution to deepen its role as a knowledge bank in a recent speech at CGD. Newly ...
The World Bank Should Harness Evidence to Deliver Greater Impact
June 05, 2023
The World Bank’s lending function is important and irreplaceable. But providing countries with an important source of financing and investing in evidence do not have to be in tension. The role of evaluation should shift from an assessment function to one in which evaluation is a central tool of pro...
A Dual Evidence Agenda: Delivering Greater Impact for Development and Global Challenges
March 20, 2023
With global challenges high on the international agenda and financing set to increase in the coming years, a big push on evidence, backed by dedicated resources, is essential. This note makes the case for a reinvigorated evidence agenda to boost the impact of financing for development and global pub...
Cost Analysis for Education Projects: Resources and Reflections
February 22, 2023
You’ve got an education program, and you’re confident that it’s having an impact. But is it worth the cost? How can you know, and how can you compare it to other education programs? Cost-effectiveness analysis tells you how much you pay for a given increase in student learning or student school part...
From Development by Instinct to Development by Evidence: Insights for US Development Policy
January 25, 2023
Last month, the Center for Global Development (CGD), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Office of Management and Budget co-hosted an Evidence Forum as part of the White House Year of Evidence for Action, featuring USAID Administer Samantha Power. The event celebrated pr...
Building a Big Tent for Evidence-Informed Policy: Reflections from the Inaugural Conference of the Transforming Evidence Network
November 16, 2022
How can we produce evidence that is more relevant and useful to policy and practice? This blog explores the main themes of the inaugural conference of Transforming Evidence Network (sessions were organized around making, mobilizing, and using evidence), and reflects on areas for further action, draw...
Cost-Effectiveness Should Be a Learning Priority, Not a Compliance Requirement
October 11, 2022
CGD’s Amanda Glassman and Julia Kaufman introduce this blog from prominent international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) in the development space. The piece builds on the findings and recommendations of a recent CGD working group.