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Impact assessment

Doing the right things and doing things right

IFAD is committed to conducting impact assessments on 15 per cent of its project portfolio. The projects are selected for impact assessments in an attempt to be representative of IFAD's overall portfolio. This allows IFAD to report on the corporate impacts of its operations making it the only international financial institution that reports impact at the corporate level. 

Findings of impact assessments are also used to learn lessons that inform decision-making. The impact assessments are designed in close collaboration with local stakeholders and government counterparts to ensure relevant lessons are learned. As part of the impact assessments, IFAD collects both quantitative and qualitative data to draw out richer lessons.

What is impact assessment?

Impact assessment is an approach to evaluate whether observed changes in outcomes among project target groups can be attributed to development projects. Simply comparing areas with and without projects or comparing indicators before and after projects often fails to account for factors that may contribute to observed changes such as economic factors, natural disasters or conflicts. IFAD's impact assessments are designed to measure the attributable impact of its projects, as part of the Development Effectiveness Framework. Read Effective rural development: IFAD’s evidence-based approach to managing for results for more information.     

IFAD impact assessments (2016 - 2018)

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View the impact assessments BangladeshBolivia | Brazil | Chad | China | Ethiopia | IndonesiaKenyaMadagascarMexico| Nepal | Philippines | Rwanda | Sao Tomé and Príncipe | SenegalTanzaniaTajikistan  

IFAD10 Impact Assessment: An Overview

IFAD's impact assessment cycle

IFAD's project-level impact assessments follow a standardized management system implemented with project teams and national stakeholders. This standardization ensures comparability across projects and countries along the entire impact assessment cycle, while allowing them to be contextualized depending on country and project circumstances. This system, together with an analysis protocol, are crucial for research transparency, data sharing, aggregating impact estimates and projecting the estimates to IFAD's project portfolio.

The impact assessment cycle starts with a scoping visit by IFAD’s Research and Impact Assessment division to deliver training on the impact assessment methodologies with country teams and the project staff. The project's theory of change is developed, key indicators listed and policy-relevant research questions formulated. Following this visit an impact assessment plan is prepared to describe the strategy and steps to conduct the impact assessment.

To ensure high quality and consistent data collection activities across projects and countries, a trusted local data collection company is recruited. Researchers then work with external partners to ensure consistent survey instruments (both quantitative and qualitative) impact assessments. Standardized templates of household and community questionnaires, and semi-structured interview topics are developed through this process. IFAD has also collaborated with the World Bank to develop a standardized data collection system by using tablets to conduct computer-assisted personal interviews following standardized survey questionnaire templates and interview topics.

A standardized data management and analysis protocol is followed to ensure that the steps to conduct empirical analyses are consistent and comparable across projects and countries. This protocol is used to clean, process, and analyse data collected from household and community surveys as well as semi-structured interviews.

Bridging the gap between research and policy is a priority for IFAD. Upon closing impact assessments, a feedback seminar is held to discuss results with policy makers, project partners and other stakeholders.

ناشر الأصول

Achieving Rural Transformation: Results and Lessons from IFAD Impact Assessments

يناير 2022
This synthesis draws on 17 recent IFAD Impact Assessments conducted in various countries and production systems to analyse project activities and theories of change.

IFAD10 Impact Assessment: An Overview

ديسمبر 2019
To hold itself accountable on progress made in achieving this goal and these three strategic objectives, IFAD has adopted a unique approach to reporting impact at the corporate level, building on rigorous project-level evaluations. This report provides the results of these efforts to assess the corporate impact of IFAD investments for the Tenth Replenishment of IFAD’s Resources (IFAD10) period of 2016-2018.

Effective rural development: IFAD’s evidence-based approach to managing for results

يوليو 2018
This report reflects IFAD’s ongoing efforts to generate evidence to inform decision-making at the corporate and project level.

Research Series Issue 31 - Impact of modern irrigation on household production and welfare outcomes

أكتوبر 2018
Investments in irrigation systems have been shown to substantially improve farmers’ productivity, and thus alleviate poverty. This study provides an example of such an investment: the Participatory Small-Scale Irrigation Development Programme.

ناشر الأصول

Impact Assessment: Gente de Valor – Rural Communities Development Project in the Poorest Areas of the State of Bahia

مايو 2020
The Rural Communities Development in the Poorest Areas of the State of Bahia (Project Gente de Valor) was designed to strengthen the capacity of rural communities to thrive in the drought-prone environment of Brazil's north-east region through improved access to water, increased productive capacity, and empowerment of participating communities.

Impact assessment: Coastal Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project (CCRIP)

أبريل 2019
Farmers in southwestern Bangladesh, an area prone to natural disasters, are sometimes unable to reach community markets in the monsoon season.

Impact Assessment: Strengthening Local Development in the Highlands and High Rainforest Areas Project (PSSA)

سبتمبر 2020
PSSA aimed to unlock rural development and poverty reduction in Peru by supporting the design and implementation of business plans created by Producer Associations, targeting two of the country’s poorest regions.