Impact assessment is the inseparable part of evidence-based policy making. It is a particular type of evaluation that seeks to answer specific cause-and-effect research questions, assess social, economic, and environmental effects of policy. Impact evaluation is increasingly serving as a foundation for greater accountability, innovation, learning, and enhanced well-being of key stakeholders.
In addition to addressing the basic question of whether a program is effective or not, impact evaluations can also be used to explicitly test alternative program modalities or design innovations. An ideal impact assessment includes baseline evaluation, with a combination of quantitative and qualitative data.
Impact assessments are widely used in all sectors, including non-governmental, donor organizations, governmental institutions and private companies.
Experts at R-Insights conduct impact assessments to:
Compare the declared program goal with the factual achievements
Assess the accomplishments and pitfalls of the intervention