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State-Society Relations: Taking Stock of the Evidence

  • OpenGov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Suite 500 Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

The role of the state, the effectiveness of its institutions and its legitimacy in the eyes of its citizens are central in determining a country’s prospects for stability and development. States with more effective political institutions have been shown to be more successful in achieving sustained economic growth and human development.

To invest finite resources well and equitably, decision-makers need to know what works and what does not, for whom, how and why.

USAID and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) are hosting a seminar to launch 3ie’s new evidence gap map on state-society relations. 3ie evaluation specialist Daniel Phillips and research associateChris Coffey will take us through the interactive map showing the existing evidence base of impact evaluations and systematic reviews. They will also identify areas where there are research gaps.

Morgan Holmes, evaluation methodologist at USAID and Michael Jarvis, executive director, The Transparency and Accountability Initiative will be the discussants.