Evaluation Reports: Moving From Dusty Shelves into Action

Donors and evaluators work hard to generate evidence of what works and what doesn't work in development programs. But that evidence is not always used to improve programming. Here's a look at why and how we might change that.

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Not So Fast: When Indeed Does a Social Program Need an Impact Evaluation?

A social program needs an impact evaluation when the program is ready for one.

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The Need for Speed: How Rapid Cycle Evaluation Can Help Your Organization Excel

Piloting a new strategy for program administration or service delivery can be informative and support continuous quality improvement. But we should be careful to consider some key questions first.

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Scant Evidence and Soaring Promises: New Research Needed on a Universal Basic Income

A universal basic income (UBI) is a regular, substantial, and unconditional cash income available to everyone, irrespective of their employment status or wealth. Its promise is the end of poverty as we know it.

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Building the Evidence Base to Solve America’s Toughest Challenges

The federal government sponsors hundreds of programs designed to solve some of America's toughest challenges. The most important question facing policymakers and agency leadership is this: what public policies and programs work?

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Yes, You Can Generalize from Experiments!

One of the main criticisms of experimental evaluations is that they are conducted under such special circumstances that their results may not apply to other people, places, or times. A new wave of experimental evaluations is changing that.

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Why a Research Strategy Matters in Preventing and Responding to Pandemics

The World Health Organization's Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework seems to have all of the right elements: It calls for sharing influenza viruses, surveillance, stockpiles of medicines and vaccines, and more. Yet it rests on shaky footing.

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Translating Research to Public Health Action

During a recent keynote presentation at the Innovation in Infectious Diseases Research symposium, I gave the following challenge: To really translate research to public health action, we need to understand what meaningful collaboration looks like.

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Want Healthier Eating? Evidence Shows Limiting Choice Works

The federal government runs two programs to help poorer Americans feed their families. Evidence shows that if getting poor households to eat more healthy foods is a major policy goal, we should seriously consider limiting choice in food assistance.-

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When Is Randomization Right for Evaluation?

I advocate using randomized experiments because they provide a high level of confidence in the results. But they aren't always possible or appropriate. So what criteria should researchers use to decide when to use them?

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