East Asia and Pacific Gender Innovation Lab Call for

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Background, The World Bank Group s Gender Equality Strategy charts an ambitious path toward closing key. economic gaps between women and men girls and boys It calls for a stronger emphasis on outcomes. and results by strengthening and building on the evidence base of what works and what does not work. and scaling up effective approaches and partnerships across a range of sectors In East Asia. considerable evidence exists for countries on the disparities between women and men and between. girls and boys We also know that many of these gaps especially in the economic domain do not. automatically narrow as countries get wealthier and more developed Also we know that these. persistent inequalities matter for development both for intrinsic reasons as well as for the pace of. economic growth However we know relatively little about the most effective ways in which. governments should address the underlying causes of gender inequality in various parts of East Asia. especially in the area of economic opportunities, Responding to this the East Asia and Pacific Gender Innovation Lab EAPGIL aims to enable project. teams and policy makers to better integrate an evidence based gender perspective into programs and. policies We do this in two main ways, 1 Generating evidence on what works to close gender gaps and how closing gender gaps can help. achieve other development outcomes, 2 Promoting uptake of effective gender policies and programs. Our work is focused on ways to improve economic opportunities for women notably related to. agricultural productivity entrepreneurship skills development and balancing domestic and market. Conducting rigorous impact evaluations of projects that have potential to increase women s economic. opportunities1 is the cornerstone of EAPGIL s work We design gender innovative interventions. evaluate how effectively these interventions reduce gender gaps and understand the mechanisms that. drive changes To do so we partner with units across the World Bank other development partners. governments non governmental organizations private sector firms and researchers This new evidence. will deepen capacity for gender informed policy making It will also help guide investments and. policymaking towards supporting effective programs and policies that promote women s economic and. social empowerment, The existing body of evidence does a good job of laying out women s underlying and primary.
constraints 2 Following on this the next step is to develop and test practical interventions and policy. solutions for alleviating these constraints This can involve tweaking existing interventions to enhance. their effectiveness testing whether interventions successful in one setting are similarly successful when. replicated in a new setting establishing the comparative cost effectiveness of competing interventions. and when needed coming up with new interventions EAPGIL s work places a particular focus on the. underlying causes of sticky domains of gender inequality Such sticky constraints persist even in the. presence of economic growth and limit women s achievement in terms of economic opportunities. agency and endowments, Projects working with EAPGIL do not necessarily need to target women for example road rehabilitation projects. can improve women s and men s economic opportunities through increased access to markets. For example World Bank 2011 World Development Report 2012 Gender Equality and Development World. All EAPGIL impact evaluations are collaborations between project teams that have a project they would. like to test and EAPGIL staff who have significant impact evaluation sectoral regional and gender. expertise For some impact evaluations external researchers who are interested in the research. question may also participate Evaluations supported by the EAPGIL will align with priorities identified in. Country Gender Action Plans, Benefits to organizations and project teams that partner with EAPGIL include. Gaining important insight through a scientifically sound quantitative assessment of how your. program or project is working and why, Gaining valuable experience conducting rigorous impact evaluations using mixed quantitative. and qualitative methods, Receiving tailored evidence based policy recommendations to improve current and future. project and policy design related to gender and economic opportunities. Being matched with highly skilled and experienced EAPGIL and external researchers who will on. a pro bono basis, o Work with you to identify the questions your organization team would like to answer.
through impact evaluation, o Work with you to develop a strong and viable impact evaluation design for your. o Work with you to strengthen your project s design towards more effectively serving. women and men using existing evidence, o Carry out an impact evaluation of your project including design implementation and. The Gender Innovation Lab has funding to support costs associated with. The impact evaluation design stage aka concept note development. All or part of the data collection costs, Analysis presentation and dissemination of results. Capacity building on impact evaluation methods of the project team and other relevant. stakeholders,Projects may also apply for funding for. The implementation of an additional small innovative intervention that targets gender issues. innovation grants, Qualitative research to complement the quantitative analysis during either the design of the.
interventions to be evaluated or the analysis of results. Timeline and next steps for engaging with EAPGIL, 1 Interested project teams should submit their expression of interest EOI answering all of the. questions included in the EOI form below EOIs should be submitted as a word document by. email to Elizaveta Perova eperova worldbank org and Helle Buchhave. hbuchhave worldbank org The deadline for EOIs is 5pm US Eastern Standard Time on. November 28 2016 We ask that EOIs be no longer than 15 pages overall. 2 From amongst the submissions to the EOI EAPGIL s steering committee will select. approximately 6 projects depending on cost sharing arrangements This will take place in. January 2017, 3 For each of the selected projects an EAPGIL team member and the project team will. collaborate on the creation of an evaluation team All evaluation teams will include at least. one member of the EAPGIL team Additional members will depend on the context and the. project and may include members of the operational project team depending on their. availability interest and skills research collaborators with relevant expertise inside or outside. of the World Bank and or members of the implementing agencies or partners. 4 Each project team and evaluation team pair will work together to come up with a design for an. impact evaluation as well as any innovative interventions targeting gender issues that the. project team would be interested in carrying out This design will be described in an impact. evaluation concept note 3, 5 EAPGIL will assemble a Technical Review Panel for each of the projects The TRP will review the. concept notes for technical rigor feasibility of implementation and potential to fill priority. knowledge gaps and generate public knowledge goods The concept notes will also go through. the standard World Bank review and approval processes. 6 After approval of the concept note EAPGIL will start the implementation of the IE in. collaboration with the project team, Given our experience with how long the impact evaluation design stage typically takes we expect. baseline surveys would take place in early 2017 Fast tracking of projects whose designs are already. well advanced may be possible after projects have been selected. Selection criteria for Expressions of Interest, Geographical fit Projects must take place in an eligible country Cambodia Indonesia Lao PDR.
Malaysia Myanmar Philippines Thailand Timor Leste Vietnam. Sectoral fit EAPGIL s work focuses on how to improve economic opportunities for women. notably related to agricultural productivity entrepreneurship skills development and the. balance between domestic and market roles Eligible projects must be aligned with these areas. In addition to a more refined and detailed version of the information contained in the initial expression of. interest the concept note must include the central questions the evaluation will address the key indicators to. be used the identification strategy the source s of data links to national sectoral or WBG strategic priorities. any necessary institutional review board approvals the initial evaluation team members and their. responsibilities the timeline for activities and a budget. Potential to create public knowledge goods EAPGIL seeks to conduct impact evaluations that. have a high likelihood of influencing project design and policy formulation beyond the scope of. a specific project The Steering Committee will not only seek to select strong individual projects. but a collection of projects that work together to fill in important and priority knowledge gaps. on what works to advance economic empowerment of women priorities as expressed in e g. national or sectoral strategies WBG Country Strategic Diagnostics and or Country Gender. Action Plans, Organizational commitment to learning Partnering with researchers for a rigorous impact. evaluation requires a sustained and deep seated commitment including buy in from the project. partner s senior leadership program managers and sometimes key stakeholders including. donors It also requires a true interest in learning how one s programs are working and to let. this information become publicly available when the results of the impact evaluation are. published and presented 4 Finally the organization and project implementation team must be. willing to work constructively on an impact evaluation including potential changes to. implementation plans5, Project partner s capacity and risk factors Does the project partner have proven capacity to. successfully carry out the type and scale of project that it is proposing Does the project. partner have funding already secured to carry out the project Is the environment going to be. sufficiently secure within the timeframe of the project so as to not present a danger to the. research team, Feasibility for conducting an impact evaluation While the full details of the impact evaluation. will be developed during the concept note phase an initial assessment of the feasibility for an. impact evaluation will be done using the information available at the time of the EOI. o Is the targeted population well defined and accessible. o Is there at least one potential viable comparison group that will allow for credible. impact evaluation results, o Are there enough expected beneficiaries of the program to enable an impact evaluation. to statistically detect the anticipated impacts, o Are outcome indicators of the intervention achievable and measurable.
o May some impacts be achieved within a reasonable time frame. o Financial contribution of the project team to evaluation costs While full funding for. evaluations is available from EAPGIL partial cost coverage e g for data collection will. allow us to engage in a greater number of evaluations Hence matching funds from the. partner organization will be a factor in the steering committee decisions. EAPGIL impact evaluation results are published in policy briefs that are made openly and freely available as. academic working papers and journal articles and within synthesis papers summarizing evidence across multiple. impact evaluations EAPGIL presents results to relevant World Bank Group project teams partners government. counterparts and decision makers at development agencies both at EAP Regional and international fora and in. the countries where EAPGIL is working, For example in order to establish a valid comparison group for the evaluation the project and evaluation team. may discuss modifications to the way in which specific individuals are selected from a target group of beneficiaries. or to randomly decide the order in which the different areas or beneficiaries will receive the intervention s. Expression of Interest Application Form, We ask that EOIs be no longer than 15 pages overall 6. 1 Project Name,2 Project Team,If World Bank project If non World Bank project. Project p code Name of organization institution responsible. for implementing the project to be evaluated,Name of TTL and any co TTLs. Name of Country Gender PL Name of unit or division within the. organization that is responsible for the, GP or CCSA to which the project is mapped If project and how it fits into the overall.
multiple please list all structure of the organization institution. Name of Practice Manager s responsible for Name of project team leader If multiple. the project please list all and explain the respective roles. Line Ministry or government agency,responsible for implementation of project to. be evaluated, Funding source for project implementation Funding source s for the project. IBRD IDA TF and status of project implementation amount and status of. development CN preparation PAD funding for project implementation. preparation negotiations board approved,3 Contact information. Please include the contact information of the person we should contact for questions about this. EOI particularly questions that include the activities of the proje. availability interest and skills research collaborators with relevant expertise inside or outside of the World Bank and or members of the implementing agencies or partners 4 Each project team and evaluation team pair will work together to come up with a design for an

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