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Measuring Development Effectiveness through Impact Evaluation

Partner: UNICEF

Team Members: Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Muhammad Adnan

 Around the world, 2015 is being celebrated as the ‘International Year of Evaluation’. In order to benefit from this great opportunity to promote evaluation and evidence generation, UNICEF Pakistan is organizing a series of events and workshops all around the year. UNICEF in collaboration with SDPI organized a seminar. The objective of this seminar is to promote greater awareness among civil society organizations, academia and policy practitioners, regarding new developments in measuring policy effectiveness through impact evaluation exercises.

The seminar was held on April 16, 2015 at Marriott Hotel, Ambassador Hall from 0300-0600 pm.

Seminar Agenda


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Introductory Remarks

UNICEF Pakistan


Opening Plenary

Urs Nagel, Regional Evaluation Adviser, UNICEF


Question/Answer Session



Overview of current evaluation methods & case study of baseline survey for women’s empowerment

Asif Saeed Memon, Research Fellow – SDPI


Question/Answer Session



Experimental methods for impact evaluation



Institutional Framework for Evaluation: Embedding a Culture of inquiry in CSOs



Dr. Sajid Amin, Senior Research Fellow – SDPI


Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director – SDPI



Question/Answer Session


Session-III: Moderated Discussion

This session will focus on the expectations of policy practitioners from impact evaluation exercises. They will be provided guiding questions on which their feedback will be solicited. Key learning concepts from this session may include: evaluation uptake, utilization of evaluation, evaluation communication, and experimental methods for internalized evaluation.

Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director- SDPI


Vote of thanks

UNICEF Pakistan