The development sector is changing rapidly, as donors’ budgets become tighter and new emphasis is placed on strategic funding for interventions with quantifiable evidence of impact. These changes are fueling the demand for impact evaluations.

An impact evaluation is an objective assessment of a project, program, or policy, which is designed to answer specific cause-and-effect questions about an intervention. An impact evaluation looks to identify the causal effect of a program on outcomes of interest, and identify the amount of change that is directly attributable to the program.

Impact evaluations are an important tool to inform NGOs, donors, and policy makers on a range of questions including:

• What is the impact of a program on an outcome of interest?
• What is the most cost-effective method to achieve a desired outcome?
• Should a project be scaled up?

Causal Design’s Approach:

The team at Causal Design understands that each project and context is unique, and works to customize evaluation designs to meet the specific needs of each organization while maintaining methodological rigor. Our goal is to make the findings of our impact evaluations both accessible and actionable.

We specialize in designing and implementing impact evaluations in complex environments utilizing a variety of experimental, quasi-experimental, and mixed-methods approaches.