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Beyond the Standard Approach: Evaluating Complex Economic Growth Programs in Fluid Environments (Screencast)

Organization(s): 
Development Alternatives International
Author(s): 
Don Snodgrass
Lucy Creevey
Elizabeth Dunn
Institutional Sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development
Publication date: 
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Don Snodgrass and Lucy Creevey of DAI and Elizabeth Dunn of ACDI/VOCA presented “Beyond the Standard Approach: Evaluating Complex Economic Growth Programs in Fluid Environments.” This special 2-hour seminar was the 50th installment of the Linking Small Firms to Competitiveness Strategies Breakfast Seminar Series sponsored by the USAID Microenterprise Development office.

Zan Northrip (DAI) served as facilitator and kicked off the presentation by introducing the panelists and outlining to the audience the objectives of "new-generation" economic growth programs. Creevey discussed the problems in evaluating new-generation economic growth programs, such as program evolution or spillover effects, and she touched upon some other common research problems (e.g. data quality). Dunn stated that good assessments must strike a balance between credibility and usefulness, and she highlighted the need to apply degrees of evidence principles. Snodgrass concluded by speaking about how one determines project effectiveness, and the importance of differentiating effectiveness at the household and market levels.

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