Social Impacts Agenda


Hogan Hall, Room B17, 566 W. 114th Street


  • Breakfast


  • Welcome and introductions

9:15-11:15 AM

  • Presentation of systematic review on evaluations of social interventions (30 minutes)

o Elisabeth King, Post-doctoral Fellow, Earth Institute, Columbia University
o Cyrus Samii, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

  • Discussant responses (10 minutes each)

- “Issues of Measuring Social Cohesion”

o Anirudh Krishna, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

- “Mechanisms of Social Cohesion”

o Howard White, Executive Director, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3IE)

- “Implications for Practitioners”

o Jeannie Annan, Director of Research and Evaluation, International Rescue Committee

  • General discussion


  • Coffee break


  • Presentation of social impact evaluation study results (30 minutes each)

- “Intervention with Microfinance for AIDS and Gender Equity (IMAGE)” – South Africa

o Paul Pronyk, Adjunct Associate Professor, Earth Institute, Columbia University

- “Community Based Reintegration in Aceh: Assessing the Impacts of BRA-KDP” – Indonesia

o Macartan Humphreys, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive


  • Lunch

Hogan Hall, Room B17, 566 W. 114th Street


  • Presentation of mid-phase social impact evaluation studies

- “Developing Tools for Colombia’s National System of Evaluation” – Colombia (Time TBD)

o Luca Pellerano, Development Economist, Oxford Policy Management

- “Village Community Support Program” – Guinea (60 minutes)

o Malte Lierl, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, Yale University

- “Aid and Accountability: Governance Effects of a Community Driven Reconstruction in Eastern Congo” – Democratic Republic of the Congo (105 minutes)

o Peter van der Windt, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, Columbia University
o Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, PhD candidate, Department of Economics, Columbia University

Community Food & Juice, 2893 Broadway


  • Group dinner


International Affairs Building, Room 707, 420 West 118th Street


  • Breakfast


  • Social Impact Evaluation at the United Nations (15 minutes)

- Developing Evaluation Policy at the Inspection and Evaluation Division of Office of Internal Oversight Services

o Ngoc Nguyen, Associate Evaluation Officer, Inspection and Evaluation Division – Office of Internal Oversight Services, United Nations


  • Presentation of design-phase social impact evaluation studies (45 minutes each)

- “Sri Lankan Peacebuilding Study” – Sri Lanka

o Michael Gilligan, Associate Professor, Department of Politics, New York University

-    “Institutional Arrangement for Water User Associations” – Ethiopia

o Florence Kondylis, The Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) Initiative, World Bank


  • Coffee break


  • Discussion of lessons learned

  • Closing remarks

o Macartan Humphreys, Cyrus Samii, Elisabeth King

*Workshop attendees requesting accomodation will be staying at the Hudson Hotel at 356 West 58th Street