Understanding the costs of a program or policy–in addition to its impacts–is critical to making informed decisions about how limited development resources are spent. Yet the supply of cost evidence in international development is low, of inferior quality, and lacking in transparency. In October and November 2020, CEGA’s Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI) and associated Costing Community of Practice (CCoP) will host its inaugural “Cost-ober” webinar series including virtual panel discussions with front-line policymakers, donors, journal editors, researchers, and practitioners regarding the role of cost evidence in boosting the policy relevance of impact evaluation research.
Panel events are listed below and will be updated as dates, moderators, and speakers are confirmed.
Wednesday, October 21st, 2020, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Pacific Time
This panel engaged journal editors in a discussion of the benefits of and barriers to publishing cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses alongside impact evaluations of development interventions.
Moderator: Dave Evans, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development (CGD)
Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 – 9:00 AM – 10:20 AM Pacific Time
Panelists from top aid agencies and foundations discussed the demand for cost evidence within their own organizations; share examples of how cost evidence policy for funded projects could inform programming in LMIC settings, and speak to the experience of institutionalizing cost data collection and analysis.
Moderator: Carson Christiano, Executive Director, CEGA
Thursday, November 12th, 9:00 AM – 10:20 AM Pacific Time
This panel asked frontline policymakers serving in government ministries (or in adjacent institutions) to provide perspective on how and when they use evidence of program costs and cost-effectiveness for decision-making.
Moderator: Craig McIntosh, Professor; Co-director, Policy Design and Evaluation Lab, University of California San Diego
Friday, November 20th, 9:00 AM – 10:20 AM Pacific Time
Panelists discussed current outstanding challenges and opportunities in the use of cost estimation as a tool for designing and implementing innovations in low-resource settings.
Moderator: Susan Amrose, Editor-in-Chief, Development Engineering: The Journal of Engineering in Economic Development
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