Big Data and Evaluation

September 5th, 9am-5pm

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Hosted at Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) at the World Bank
“I” Building, Room: I-1-200
1850 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006  

Join us for a one-day, in-depth workshop on big data and evaluation where you’ll get an introduction to Big Data for Evaluators. We’ll provide an overview of applications of big data in international development evaluation, discuss ways that evaluators are (or could be) using big data and big data analytics in their work. You’ll also learn about the various tools of data science and potential applications, as well as run through specific cases where evaluators have employed big data as one of their methods. We will also address the important question as to why many evaluators have been slower and more reluctant to incorporate big data into their work than have their colleagues in research, program planning, management and other areas such as emergency relief programs. Lastly, we’ll discuss the ethics of using big data in our work. See the full agenda here.


Michael Bamberger has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the London School of Economics. He has 45 years of experience in development evaluation including 23 years with the World Bank where worked on development evaluation, evaluation training for the Asia region and gender and development. Since retiring from the Bank he has worked as an independent consultant on development evaluation with 10 UN agencies as well as with development banks, bilateral aid agencies, NGOs and foundations. Michael has advised the Evaluation Office of the Rockefeller Foundation, is a member of the International Evaluation Advisory Panel of the Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP, and is a member of UN Women’s Evaluation Advisory Panel. He is also on the editorial board of a number of leading evaluation journals. Recent publications include RealWorld Evaluation: Working under Budget, Time, Data and Political Constraints (2012); Introduction to Mixed Methods in Impact Evaluation (2012); How to Design and Manage Equity Focused Evaluations (2011); Emerging Opportunities: Monitoring and Evaluation in a TechEnabled World (2014); Dealing with Complexity in Development Evaluation (2016); and Integrating Big Data into the Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programs (2016).

Kerry is the Executive Vice President for Programs at Social Impact. Social Impact is a leading management consulting group based in the Washington, DC area that specializes in monitoring and evaluation support. She oversees all technical divisions for the company, the Program Management Unit and Business Development. She is responsible for the technical quality and implementation of all short-term contracts and long-term field office projects. She is also adjunct faculty at Georgetown University in the International Health Department. Kerry holds a DrPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina, an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and an MA from the University of British Columbia in Geography. More about Kerry here.

Peter York is Principal at BCT Partners. He has over 20 years of experience as a consultant and researcher in the evaluation and nonprofit fields, as well as a national spokesperson for social impact and impact measurement issues. He has spent the last seven years developing analytic techniques that leverage machine learning algorithms and big data to create predictive, prescriptive and rigorous evaluation (causal) models and tools for social change agents in many fields, including child welfare, juvenile justice, workforce development, adult justice and child mental health. York recently co-authored a peer-reviewed article in the journal Children and Youth Services Review, entitled, “Predictive and prescriptive analytics, machine learning and child welfare risk assessment: The Broward County experience.” He also co-authored a book chapter, “The Application of Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning to Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: The Florida Experience.” All of these projects train machine learning to control for selection and other biases by identifying block matched comparison groups, finding counterfactuals within these groups, and determining precisely what works for each segment of the population. Mr. York has served as an advisor, member or board member of social impact groups such as the Alliance for Effective Social Investing, Reimagining Service/Presidio InstituteData Analyst for Social Good, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and the Social Innovation Fund. York has recently become a Leap Ambassador, a private community of nonprofit thought leaders who are committed to the adoption of high performance in the nonprofit sector.

Co-hosted by the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank

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