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Impact Evaluation and Policy Influence Workshop

CIPPEC facilitated the Impact Evaluation and Policy Influence Workshop in an event organized by IDRC, GRADE, CEDLAS in a workshop held in Sao Paulo.

(Sao Paulo, November 19th, 2014).- CIPPEC facilitated the Impact Evaluation and Policy Influence Workshop in an event organized by IDRCGRADECEDLAS, led by CIPPEC with the participation of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). The workshop was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and sought to gather researches with experience in the design and development of impact evaluations to discuss opportunities, challenges and derive lessons on the influence of impact evaluations in public policy so as to design strategies to maximize it.

The workshop had an attendance of 19 people from 15 organizations, representing 9 Latin American countries. Among these organizations are: Interamerican Development Bank, Latin American Development Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, FedesarrolloColegio de MéxicoCADEPINESAD Foundation).

During the workshop analyses and learning experiences of policy influence in Latin America were presented and this subject was the focus of a work-in-group session. Among these experiences were the Analysis on countries with lesser capacities for research, supported by IDRC and the progress of the Policy Influence Monitoring project (PIM), led by 3ie.

Subsequently, each group presented its conclusions related to the opportunities and challenges (institutional or otherwise) of policy influence derived from impact evaluations in the region and the role of influence strategies when it comes to effectively influencing the policy cycle.

As a closing, Stuti Tripahi (3ie), Miguel Jaramillo (GRADE), María Laura Alzúa (CEDLAS) and Miguel Foguel (IPEA) reflected on the conclusions of the day and on the challenges for the future of policy influence based on the findings of impact evaluations in the region.

Representing CIPPEC, Natalia Aquilino and Sofía Estévez (director and assistant of the Influence, Monitoring and Evaluation program) attended the workshop and were in charge of coordinating the logistics of the event. Furthermore, Aquilino facilitated the event, gave a presentation on CIPPEC's experience as part of the Policy Influence Monitoring project (PIM) and guided the discussion on one of the groups during the work-in-groups session.

Following the event, CIPPEC's Influence, Monitoring and Evaluation program will elaborate a lessons-learned document and three case studies on the policy influence of IDRC-supported impact evaluations.