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Doing Business on the Navajo Nation: A Comprehensive Look at the Business Environment on the Navajo Nation

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By |2020-09-16T13:31:26-04:00July 22nd, 2020|Analysis, Blog Post, Research|Comments Off on Doing Business on the Navajo Nation: A Comprehensive Look at the Business Environment on the Navajo Nation

DAC Coherence First Thoughts

The OECD-DAC recently added to its list of evaluation criteria—the de facto norm through which organizations like Causal Design frequently organize evaluations and reporting. Specifically, after a multi-year process of considering how to best adapt its existing criteria, OECD added Coherence: How well does the intervention fit? to the existing and remaining five criteria. Reactions around our proverbial dinner table were appropriately mixed: How does this further a wider learning agenda? How does this differ from the existing Relevance? (which at times already overlaps with Sustainability) What does “fit” actually mean, and how do we use it, and meaningfully?

By |2020-07-27T08:29:44-04:00December 12th, 2019|Blog Post, Opinion, Research|Comments Off on DAC Coherence First Thoughts

Resilience Measurement Research

Our partners at Mercy Corps referenced some research that ODI recently did on real-time resilience measurement and analysis (see paper here) in Myanmar. It's not everyday that you can track resilience measurement every two months for a panel of 1,200 households. Good resilience measures can sometimes be a moving target, so any research that can be used to reinforce good thinking and expand beyond static binary is certainly welcome.

By |2020-05-28T13:17:44-04:00August 17th, 2018|Analysis, Research, Resilience|Comments Off on Resilience Measurement Research

SEEP 2017: Creating Commercial Farmers

Building scalable and sustainable food systems presents many challenges along farming value chains – not least of which is the point where our small holder famers interact with agricultural inputs. For an isolated farmer with limited education, making wise choices about farming can be challenging, meaning that many farmers fall short of the mark when it comes to running successful commercial enterprises.

By |2017-09-27T13:47:48-04:00September 27th, 2017|Research|Comments Off on SEEP 2017: Creating Commercial Farmers

Grad Fellow Notes: STATA’s Command -coefplot-

The coefplot command allows you to plot results from estimation commands. It is a user package, so you will have to find and install it by inputting into the Stata command line: findit coefplot

By |2020-05-28T13:33:49-04:00August 30th, 2017|Blog Post, Graduate Fellow, STATA, Statistics|Comments Off on Grad Fellow Notes: STATA’s Command -coefplot-

Grad Fellow Notes: Interaction Terms in STATA

While using hashtags is simpler than generating the interaction term as a new variable, there is a necessary rule to remember: use the variable prefixes. In Stata, -i.[variable]- indicates that the variable is categorical, and -c.[variable]- indicates a continuous variable. Because the hashtag code assumes the variables in the interaction term are categorical, it is necessary to define numerical variables as numerical with the -c.- prefix. Wage = β0 + β1Education + β2Minority + β3Education*Minority + ε

By |2017-08-07T10:39:51-04:00August 8th, 2017|Analysis, Research, Statistics|Comments Off on Grad Fellow Notes: Interaction Terms in STATA

Grad Fellow Notes: The Impact of “No Impact” Evaluations

With the steady rise of the number of impact evaluations (IEs) per year, it should come as no surprise that not every single IE will show a positive impact. The authors of “no impact” evaluations will understandably be worried that their work will not be academically published nor be used for public policy. There is, however, still value in such information. Evidence that a particular program does not work paves the way for alternative interventions to happen. Licona (2017) provides several examples where null results in Mexican education programs encouraged the tweaking of aspects such as selection criteria, consolidation of redundant programs, and budget optimization.

By |2020-05-28T13:39:25-04:00July 24th, 2017|Blog Post, Graduate Fellow, RCT, Research|Comments Off on Grad Fellow Notes: The Impact of “No Impact” Evaluations