Journal Article

Impact and Aid Effectiveness: Mapping the Issues and Their Consequences

Published on 30 March 2011


In this virtual Bulletin we bring together ten articles dating from across three decades. They all address Impact. From the outset, we note that there are a number of common threads and ideas that stretch across all the articles:

  • The implicit emphasis of all the articles on complexity
  • The breadth and depth of impact analysis, from the national level to the individual
  • The importance of knowing the audience for any evaluation or impact assessment
  • The virtuous cycle that can be created by using insights into impact to adjust interventions
  • The dependency of that virtuous cycle on participation and engagement of programme staff and clients.

What we notice, however, is how the articles framing these issues vary according to discipline and research site. We also see how some ongoing preoccupations have been shaped by their proximity to other debates or policy concerns. Our hope is that hindsight will provide some perspective for practice and policy going forward.

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A Revolution Whose Time Has Come? The Win-Win of Quantitative Participatory Approaches and Methods IDS Bulletin Volume 41, Issue 6, November 2010 Robert Chambers

Impact of Microfinance on Rural Households in the Philippines IDS Bulletin Volume 39, Issue 1, March 2008 Toshio Kondo, Aniceto Orbeta, Clarence Dingcong and Christine Infantado

You Can Get It If You Really Want’: Impact Evaluation Experience of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight of the Inter-American Development Bank IDS Bulletin Volume 39, Issue 1, March 2008 Inder Jit Ruprah

The Role of Evaluation in Accountability in Donor-Funded Projects IDS Bulletin Volume 31, Issue 1, January 2000 Adebiyi Edun

Micro-Credit Programme Evaluation: A Critical Review IDS Bulletin Volume 29, Issue 4, October 1998 Shahidur R. Khandker

Macroeconomic Evaluation of Programme Aid: A Conceptual Framework IDS Bulletin Volume 27, Issue 4, October 1996 Howard White

Measurement of Poverty and Poverty of Measurement IDS Bulletin Volume 25, Issue 2, April 1994 Martin Greeley

Developing Effective Study Programmes for Public Administrators IDS Bulletin Volume 8, Issue 4, May 2009 Ron Goslin

Improving the Effectiveness of Evaluation in Rural Development Projects IDS Bulletin Volume 8, Issue 1, July 1976 B. H. Kinsey

Managing Rural Development IDS Bulletin, Volume 6, Issue 1, September 1974 Robert Chambers

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