Papers

Evaluation of the MEND and RISE conditional cash transfer programmes

Final evaluation of two social protection and cash transfer programmes sponsored by UNICEF in StKitts and Nevis. This report received a "highly satisfactory" rating from UNICEF's GEROS.

MEND and RISE Evaluation Executive Summary

Executive summary of the final evaluation of the conditional cash transfer programmes in Saint Kitts and Nevis

Evaluation of the Youth Aware Program

Youth Aware is an innovative STD prevention programme sponsored by UNICEF that focuses on bringing testing facilities closer to youth and improving prevention through peer-to-peer education. This final evaluaion features lessons learned and recommendations for programme scale-up. Originally published in UNICEF's evaluation database.

Zika outbreak in Brazil: understanding perceptions to increase the effectiveness of preventive action

This paper reports the findings of a research conducted in 2016 to identify optimal social communication strategies for increasing awareness around Zika virus. To understand how communication strategies could better impact the behaviour of the population, this research combined four health behavioural models to explain the main factors involved in taking preventive measures both individually and collectively. 

Quasi-experimental Impact Assessment: Evaluating Urban Centers of Culture, Art, Science and Sports in Brazil

In this article we examine the effects that attending the CUCA network has had on the lives of young people living in Fortaleza (Brazil). Through a quasi-experiment we carried out an impact assessment to verify the hypothesis that attending CUCA units positively affects young people's lives in the following aspects: family life; social-emotional skills; performance in studies; awareness of citizenship rights; preparation for the labor market; mitigation of illicit drug use; and awareness about how to avoid unwanted pregnancies and / or STDs. In addition, we examine the possibility that the presence of the CUCA provokes an increase in the sense of security in the neighborhood where it is situated. To measure the above mentioned impacts, we use difference-in-difference regression models, in addition to Logit and Probit models. This paper is part of an evaluation work carried out at the request of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Avaliação dos Centros de Educação Infantil PROARES 2

Mixed-methods evaluation of IDB-supported day-care centers in Northeastern Brazil using ECERS scales, drawings and a quasi-experimental impact measurement model.

Plano Municipal dos Direitos de Crianças e Adolescentes de Rio Negrinho (SC)

Policy document on Children and Youth organized by a municipality in Southern Brazil based on a prospective evaluation made by Plan

Diagnóstico da Infância e da Adolescência de Jundiaí (SP)

This diagnostic research informs children & youth policy in a city of 350,000 inhabitants

Rede CUCA: impactos sociais e econômicos

Final evaluation of the network of Urban Centers for Culture, Art, Science and Sports, an IDB-supported youth programme in Northeastern Brazil.

Introdução ao Índice de Pobreza Multidimensional Paulista

A primer on the Multidimensional Poverty Index developed by Plan for the São Paulo State Government.

Diagnóstico da Situação da Criança e do Adolescente em Lençóis Paulista

A situational analysis of children and youth in a municipality in Southeastern Brazil.

Gestão do Impacto Social dos Negócios

Plan produced this publication for CEBDS, the Brazilian chapter of the WBCSD - World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The book deals with different methods for appraising the social impact of business with cases extracted from 4 economic sectors. Contents include contributions made by member companies.

Final Evaluation of the Cotton-4 Development Cooperation Project

Evaluation of Brazilian technical cooperation to strengthen cotton industries in four African countries (in English).

Avaliação do Programa de Cooperação Internacional Cotton-4

Evaluation of Brazilian technical cooperation to strengthen cotton industries in four African countries (in Portuguese).

Subsídios para o entendimento da pobreza multidimensional e sua medição

Theoretical and methodological discussion that provided the background for the Multidimensional Poverty Index created for a subnational government in Brazil.

Orçamento por Resultados em São Paulo

This publication describes challenges in the implementation of Budgeting for Results, as well as the initative's origins, methodology, and potential to enhance program management.

Avaliação do Programa Terra Mais Igual

Evaluation of the Terra Mais Igual Program (2005-2012), which aimed to "improve quality of life for socially-excluded communities, and empower them through equal access to public goods and services."

Determinantes do atraso de pagamentos num conjunto habitacional popular

Analysis of factors that explain arrearage in payments in a public housing project in São Paulo.

Gestão por resultados em regularização fundiária urbana

This paper summarizes the Secretary of Public Housing's (SEHAB-SP) implementation of results-based management between 2007 and 2009 with support from Plan.

Monitoramento de resultados e avaliação de causalidade

This article explores the techniques used to build a budget matrix for the São Paulo State Penitentiary Atuhority.

Diagnostico do trabalho infantil em Nova Friburgo

This study of child labor in Nova Friburgo (RJ) involved semi-structured interviews with key local actors and secondary data analysis.

Inferência de causalidade por análise qualitativa

This article explores causal inference methods developed to validate results chains and systematize monitoring and evaluation actions. Cases are drawn from a subnational government's intiative to implement results-based budgeting.

Simplificando a medição de conceitos complexos no desenvolvimento infantil

This article explains how a complex concept such as "comprehensive childhood development" was simplified to make it measurable.

A implementação do acesso à informação pública: o que pensam os servidores

This article is based on in-depth interviews with 15 public officials in order to understand their views on how to implement access to information legislation.

Quadros lógicos: sugestões de leitura

A primer on Logical Frameworks

Programas privados e desenvolvimento comunitário

This article analyzes the relationship between the government and community development programs implemented by the private sector, and offers recommendations on how to improve this relationship.

Evaluating Readiness to Implement Open Government: The Brazilian Case in Comparative Perspective

This paper explores Brazil's ongoing experience with regulating the constitutional right to access government documents, and developing a means of universalizing access. It also describes the results of an assessment of government institutions' "readiness" to grant public access, discusses the main findings, and compares this experience to those of other countries.

The Complex Task of Advocacy Evaluation: Lessons from Brazil

Much is written about the obtuse application of evaluation tools without appropriate theoretical understanding, but analysis of situations wherein theories remain unapplied for the lack of appropriate tools is rare. The paper introduces the tools brought to bear during two advocacy evaluations, analyzing their practicality, including how they push back on the theoretical demands of advocacy evaluation.

IFPRI Evaluation of Mexico's PROGRESA: Norm, Mistake, or Exemplar?

Early in the implementation of the flagship anti-poverty program PROGRESA, Mexican officials hired evaluators from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). This article uses a science studies approach to examine the resulting evaluation's methodology, and uncovers a number of significant omissions and ambiguities.

Tools for the Complex Task of Evaluating International Advocacy

This work discusses the use of Personal Brain and Sankey Diagrams to visualize and organize complex qualitative data. Plan used these resources to evaluate the advocacy work of a Brazilian NGO within the United Nations.

Os Objetivos do Milênio e a habitação popular

This article discusses the challenge of adapting urban development targets and indicators to local realities, based on Plan's experience of implementing a monitoring and evaluation system in São Paulo.

Nossa São Paulo: controle social do governo pelo monitoramento de políticas

A presentation of the Nossa São Paulo monitoring system, designed to increase mayors' accountability in the city.

Negotiated Validity: Three Perspectives on IFPRI Sampling Methods

The evaluation of Progresa, a Mexican social program developed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) between 1997 and 2000, is famous for its (alleged) use of experimental methodology. This article employs complexity theory to analyze the validity of the sample used in this particular evaluation.