The Center for Evaluation and Development is a non-profit organization and registered charity that provides evidence on what works, for whom, when, why and under which circumstances in the development sector. It conducts excellent, rigorous and independent research that meets the highest standards of quantitative and qualitative analysis, and collaborates with renowned partners like UNICEF, ILO, the World Bank, KfW and GIZ. It is an Associate Member of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and regularly partners with J-PAL Europe in training and research.

Based in Germany, the Center runs numerous large-scale, randomized control trials as well as quasi-experimental policy evaluation studies in more than 30 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Headed by Prof. Dr. Markus Frölich, the Center is supported by a team and network of experienced researchers who bring a broad range of expertise from education, health, and labor markets, to microfinance, insurance and rural development, to name a few.










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Conference: Impact evaluation - between theory and practice

On 30th November 2016 C4ED hosted a conference on impact evaluation in partnership with the German Ministry for Development (BMZ) and DEval. Attended by the German Development Agency (GIZ), the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), and a wide range of IOs, NGOs, and research institutions the event served as a platform for researchers and development professionals to exchange perspectives on evaluation and discuss potential synergies.


Prof. Dr. Markus Frölich

Prof. Dr. Markus Frölich is full professor of Econometrics (Chair of Econometrics) at the University of Mannheim in Germany, as well as a permanent guest professor at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. in economics in 2002 from the University of St. Gallen, after which he was granted a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship at the University College London. From 2008 to 2011, he was director of the research program »Employment and Development« at the World Bank and the Institute for the Study of Labor. He is further affiliated with J-PAL, the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW, St. Gallen), the Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU, Uppsala), the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW, Mannheim), the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn) and the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER, Essex).

Neutral and objective impact evaluations are indispensable for addressing poverty and underdevelopment. Effective, impact-oriented development programs build upon a continuous learning process. Innovative ideas are to be first tested through pilot and demonstration projects and evaluated under strict scientific standards before being scaled up. Improving quality and rigor standards of evaluations of development projects is of central importance to C4ED.


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Improving lives through effective development solutions



“Impact evaluations contribute significantly to the effective delivery of UNICEF’s global mandate in support of the realization of the rights of the child. We truly appreciate the high-level technical support provided by Professor Frölich and his team, particularly with regard to our adolescent empowerment and child labour reduction programs in Pakistan.”

Sarah Coleman, Chief Child Protection – UNICEF


“Professor Frölich and his research associates have been successfully 
collaborating with us since many years now, helping us to provide sustainable financial and client-responsive developmental 
services to the poor. Together, we have evaluated entrepreneurship and 
financial education programs and developed health emergency savings 
products that help the poor in the Philippines better deal with sudden 
health shocks and other emergencies.”

Dr. Cecilia D. del Castillo, Executive Director – Negros Women for 
Tomorrow Foundation


“NRSP has been partnering with Prof. Frölich and his team on a number of large projects since 2010, testing and assessing the impact of several innovations in micro-finance, health insurance and community mobilization. Our fruitful cooperation resulted in high-quality evaluations and analyses, which proved an extremely helpful source of organizational learning and decision-making to NRSP.”

Mr. Tahir Waqar, Senior Program Manager – Head of Monitoring Evaluation and Research, National Rural Support Programme, Pakistan


“Impact evaluations based on rigorous econometric methodologies are of crucial importance for policy design and poverty alleviation in developing countries. At the African School of Economics, we cooperate with C4ED and Professor Frölich in helping making development interventions more effective. I wish C4ED the best of luck and success on their way to further contributing to greater social impact.”

Prof. Dr. Leonard Wantchekon, Founder of the African School of Economics (ASE) in Benin, Professor of Politics and Affiliate of the Economics Department at Princeton University