1st Edition

Impact Evaluation of Infrastructure Interventions

Edited By Henrik Hansen, Ole Winckler Andersen, Howard White Copyright 2012
    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    The focus on results in development agencies has led to increased focus on impact evaluation to demonstrate the effectiveness of development programmes. This book illustrates the broad range of methods available for counterfactual analysis of infrastructure programmes such as establishment, rehabilitation and maintenance of roads, water supply and electrical power plants and grids.

    Understanding the impact of interventions requires understanding of the context in which the intervention takes place and the channels through which it is expected to occur. For infrastructure interventions it is particularly important to identify the links between the input and the outcomes and impacts because the well-being of people, the ultimate impact, does not change directly as a consequence of the intervention. Therefore impact evaluation of infrastructure programmes typically requires mixing both quantitative and qualitative approaches as illustrated in many of the contribution to this edited volume.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Development Effectiveness.

    1. Impact evaluation of infrastructure interventions Henrik Hansen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Ole Winckler Andersen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Denmark and Howard White, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), India

    2. Experience from a phased mixed-methods approach to impact evaluation of Danida support to rural transport infrastructure in Nicaragua Eva Broegaard, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Denmark, Ted Freeman, Goss Gilroy Inc., Canada and Carsten Schwensen, Orbicon, Denmark

    3. Evaluating the employment-generating impact of rural roads in Nicaragua John Rand, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    4. Assessing the ex ante economic impacts of transportation infrastructure policies in Brazil Eduardo Amaral Haddad, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, UIUC, USA, Fernando Salgueiro Perobelli, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil, Edson Paulo Domingues, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil and Mauricio Aguiar, Tectran Ténicos em Transporte Ltda., Brazil

    5. Impact of water supply and sanitation assistance on human welfare in rural Pakistan Ganesh Rauniyar, Asian Development Bank, Philippines, Aniceto Orbeta, Jr., Philippine Institute of Development Studies, Philippines and Guntur Sugiyarto, Asian Development Bank, Philippines

    6. Impact evaluation of infrastructure investments: the experience of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Ariel BenYishay, University of New South Wales, Australia and Rebecca Tunstall , Millennium Challenge Corporation, USA

    7. Achieving high-quality impact evaluation design through mixed methods: the case for infrastructure Howard White, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), India


    Henrik Hansen is Professor of International Economics and Politics at the Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is also Co-Director of the Centre for Social Science Development Research at University of Copenhagen and a renowned expert in applied statistics and econometrics.

    Ole Winckler Andersen is Head of the Evaluation Department at Danida, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. He has been a member of management committees for several evaluations including the new evaluation of the UN, Delivering as One, where he was appointed by the UN Secretary General.

    Howard White is the Executive Director of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). He is also Adjunct Professor at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University, Co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration International Development Coordinating Group and Managing Editor of the Journal of Development Studies and the Journal of Development Effectiveness.