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USAID Contribution

Geospatial Impact Evaluation Methodology


AidData and affiliated researchers of the AidData Research Consortium have employed cutting-edge geospatial impact evaluation (GIE) methodologies to create new cost and time efficient ways to measure programmatic impact.

On July 15, USAID hosted a webinar "Going Geospatial with Impact Evaluations" where AidData researchers highlighted how this new, innovative methodology is being employed to evaluate program interventions. The presentation will include case examples from:

  • USAID: Measuring the effectiveness of a USAID-sponsored land tenure program in Ecuador.
  • KfW (German Development Bank): Measuring forest cover changes resulting from the KfW Indigenous Lands Project, which demarcated indigenous community lands in Brazil’s Amazon region.
  • World Bank: Estimating the treatment effects of a large World Bank-funded effort to combat malaria in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Learn more about the Spatial Causal Inference package:

Access a very early alpha release of the Spatial Causal Inference package created for R, which can be found on Github. You can access the package at this link: Users should consult the readme file before using the package. Explicit instructions for use, example data, scripts, and other code comments can be found in the "/man/" ("manual") folder. We would greatly appreciate feedback on the package which can be sent to [email protected]

The AidData Center for Development Policy is a collaborative initiative between the College of William & Mary, Brigham Young University, Development Gateway, the University of Texas-Austin, and Esri, that makes targeted, coordinated aid information and tools more accessible and usable to a wide range of stakeholders. AidData is also a Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) partner with USAID’s Global Development Lab.

USAID Missions and Bureaus have a couple of existing pathways or vehicles through which they may work with AidData:
One is through a buy-in under the Lab’s HESN cooperative agreement. To learn more about the Lab’s HESN cooperative agreement, please contact Kristina Kempkey. Alternatively, AidData is a team member on a successful consortia led by IBTCI under USAID/PPL's 5-year, M&E IDIQ (AID-SOL-OAA-14-000054). Under this mechanism, which provides for a range of evaluation, training, and technical assistance services, AidData is available to undertake discrete experimental and quasi-experimental research projects, including geospatial impact evaluations and RCTs. (Please note, a Task Order must be competed among the 15 firms that comprise the IDIQ).  To learn more about the M&E IDIQ, please contact Winston Allen.

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