The World Bank has set up a new trust fund called “The Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund” (SIEF) with the support of the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID). The purpose of the Fund is to carry out and support research evaluating the impact of programs on alleviating poverty and improving people’s lives. The knowledge generated will provide evidence for designing more effective policies and programs.
The SIEF aims to improve the effectiveness of development policies by expanding the evidence base on the impact of scalable programs affecting human development outcomes.
Under this first call for proposals will focus on four thematic research clusters chosen for their strategic policy relevance: (i) early childhood nutrition, health and development; (ii) water supply, sanitation, and hygiene linked to human development outcomes; (iii) basic education service delivery; and (iv) health systems and service delivery. Within these research areas a range of program types are welcome, including cash transfer programs and programs supporting multiple interventions. Through these thematic clusters, the program will generate cross-country evidence on how programs work in different contexts.
Countries classified as low, lower-middle, and upper-middle income are eligible.