AidData & USAID Geospatial Impact Evaluation Opportunities
Geospatial Impact Evaluation Background
AidData has worked with the Global Development Lab (the Lab) to pioneer an innovative new methodology known as Geospatial Impact Evaluation (GIE) to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions by USAID and other development partners. This method is made possible through more and better sources of granular, spatially-diverse data, remote sensing technologies, geo-referenced surveys, access to affordable large-scale computing power, and new econometric techniques. GIEs are more rigorous than performance evaluations, but can be significantly cheaper and faster than RCTs if existing data sources are used. Moreover, it is an evaluation tool that has significant external validity benefits and can be applied to a variety of sectors, including health, environment, conflict, governance, and economic development.
Interested USAID Mission and Operating Units
Missions and Operating Units interested in undertaking GIEs should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form (access here) describing the project by January 29, 2016. AidData will then review submitted EOIs and assess the feasibility of conducting a GIE based on available data and spatial and temporal coverage and variation. Feedback will be provided to Missions/Operating Units in February 2016 after the assessment component is complete. Where GIEs appear feasible, AidData will identify academic researchers and begin developing full evaluations in collaboration with USAID Missions and Operating Units. If more GIEs appear feasible than funding allows, preference may be given to EOIs in which Missions or Operating Units are able to provide co-funding toward the evaluations.