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Research Series Issue 26 - Exploration of a methodology for assessing the impact of policy engagement. What impact and how to assess it?
June 2018

Policy engagement is a difficult activity to accurately monitor and evaluate, particularly when development agencies are interested in attributing impact to their efforts. This study has three objectives:  

  • to review the experience of a small number of purposively sampled IFAD Country Level Policy Engagement activities in four countries in the Asia and Pacific Region (India, Indonesia, Nepal and Vietnam) and analyze their impact;
  • to identify the key factors that have contributed to these results and those that have limited success, drawing out lessons for future policy work; and
  • to propose a credible, cost-effective and replicable methodology that can be used to undertake similar exercise at country and regional level.

Findings shows that the methodology offers a credible, cost-effective and potentially replicable approach to appraising policy impact both for IFAD and also for other development agencies conducting policy engagement.

Authors

Anna McCord, Ed Heinemann (IFAD) and Lauren Phillips (IFAD)