Corporate-Level Impact Measurement – IFAD’s Experience

Rural21: The International Journal for Rural Development Vol. 52: Measuring Impact

Posted: 9 Jan 2019

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Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Alessandra Garbero

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Date Written: 03 27, 2018

Abstract

Assessing impact requires attribution, which refers to the ability to claim that impact on an indicator of success is the result of a particular investment. Identifying impact entails creating a counterfactual that allows comparison of what has happened as the results of an intervention and what would have happened in the absence of that intervention. As seen in the other articles in this issue, identifying impact at the project level is well understood. Experimental (randomised controlled trials) and non-experimental approaches are becoming widely used to assess impact. These approaches create a counterfactual through a combination of careful data collection and statistical methods which provide confidence that impact estimates are unbiased and thus can be attributed to the intervention.

Suggested Citation

Winters, Paul and Garbero, Alessandra, Corporate-Level Impact Measurement – IFAD’s Experience (03 27, 2018). Rural21: The International Journal for Rural Development Vol. 52: Measuring Impact, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3307444

Paul Winters (Contact Author)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ( email )

Via Paolo di Dono
Rome, 00142
Italy

Alessandra Garbero

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ( email )

Via Paolo di Dono
Rome, 00142
Italy

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