Browse IFS
Publication types
Programme evaluation
Programme evaluation   IFS is involved in assessing the effectiveness of a number of labour market programmes, tax and transfer programmes and social programmes in a variety of fields, from education and training, to labour supply, childcare, health and welfare. In the presence of limited public resources, determining whether such policy interventions work and whether their cost is justified is of crucial importance and allows policy decisions to be guided by evidence on actual programme effectiveness.

The difficulty in estimating the causal impact of a programme is that we can never observe the outcome programme participants would have experienced had they not participated. Constructing this unobserved counterfactual is the central issue that evaluation methods need to address. In addition to the evaluation of specific government interventions, our research has been contributing to the development of econometric and statistical methods to address the evaluation problem.

Research projects
Date started: 01 July 2010
This project aims to ensure that CCT programmes deliver value for money, by engaging in robust analysis of CCT programmes through a macro-level comparative study and more importantly, in-depth case study investigations.
Date started: 01 April 2010
Researchers at CAYT will use the most appropriate methodology for the policy issue at hand, whether quantitative or qualitative.
Date started: 01 January 2010
This project evaluates a cash transfer programme aimed at improving child health and development in Kazakhstan.
Date started: 01 November 2009
The Rio Early Child Development Evaluation is an ongoing project that takes advantage of excess demand for daycare centres in Rio de Janeiro to evaluate rigorously the impact of public daycare provision versus alternative forms of care.
Date started: 01 September 2009
This study will use data on the Chilean poor, and will revolve around a new government program designed to improve parental skills.
Date started: 24 October 2008
The IFS is part of a team of research institutions working at the impact evaluation of the Juntos network, aimed at reducing extreme poverty in Colombia.
Date started: 01 October 2004
The study aims to quantify the relationship between ethnicity and labour market outcomes, especially employment entry and benefit exit, for Jobcentre Plus overall and for its programmes and mainstream services. It will also investigate the relative impact in terms of ethnic parity of different Jobcentre Plus programmes.
Date started: 01 September 2004
This grant aims at supporting the development of new techniques to develop ways in which to evaluate both labour market policy programmes and other social programmes.
Date started: 01 May 2004
EDePo is committed to identifying success and failures in development policy interventions and to promoting best practice in evaluating and conducting interventions. In particular, the Centre will be a focal point for research on the impact of specific interventions in health, nutrition, skill acquisition, education, credit, insurance and labour. It will conduct evaluations of specific interventions in developing countries, provide support to institutions conducting evaluations, engage in advocacy on best practice in terms of evaluations and on the design of interventions itself.
Date started: 01 May 2004
The project will estimate the impact of an extension of the National Minimum Wage to 16 and 17 year olds on their labour market and education choices.
Date started: 01 May 2004
A joint project co-ordinated through the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. The work will undertake an evaluation of the Adult Learning Grant, which is to be piloted in 10 areas of the country.
Date started: 01 May 2004
The objective of this project is to evaluate a forthcoming pilot scheme for reforms to incapacity benefit.
Date started: 01 January 2004
The Mexican government started, in 1998, a large welfare program, called Progresa, targeted at rural Mexico. Several researchers at the Centre are involved in various research projects on Progresa and in the design of the evaluation of Oportunidades, the program that the Mexican government is launching in urban areas as an expansion of Progresa.
Date started: 01 October 2003
The Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) Demonstration is testing a new strategy for improving job retention and advancement of individuals who are either already employed in low paying jobs or who have newly entered work from benefits.
Date started: 01 September 2003
This research, which is performed in cooperation with the IMF, provides an analysis of the Russian income tax reform of 2001. This reform introduced a flat-rate income tax system. We analyse both its effects on labour supply and on tax compliance.
Date started: 01 January 2003
The aim of the project is to exploit very large and comprehensive new Swedish datasets to evaluate the effects of the Swedish Active Labour Market Programmes (ALMPs) for the unemployed on a variety of labour market outcomes of participants.
Date started: 01 July 2002
This project evaluates the government's Sure Start Wraparound pilot projects.
Date started: 01 February 2002
The Employer Training Pilots (ETP) were established in September 2002 to test the effectiveness of a new policy approach to stimulating employer-provided training to level 2 or basic skills qualifications for employees who were not already qualified to level 2.
Date started: 01 January 2002
Familias en acción is a program very similar to the Mexican Progresa and consists of cash transfers conditional mainly on school attendance. Empleo en acción is a temporary employment program targeted at generating low skill employment. Jóvenes en acción is a program of job training (through courses and apprenticeship schemes) for young urban unemployed.
Date started: 01 October 2001
Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP)
Date started: 01 May 2001
When looking at the relationship between individual earnings and schooling, there are a number of potential sources of bias which arise due to individual educational choices; individuals of higher unobserved ability or with higher unobserved payoffs from schooling may for instance invest more in education.
Date started: 01 January 2001
This project analyses the government's Excellence in Cities project, which targets secondary schools in inner cities.
Date started: 01 April 1999
The project evaluates the proposed Education Maintenance Allowance comparing the government's pilot areas with selected control areas.