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Closing the Evaluation Gap


In this four-minute clip from 2010, CGD senior fellow William Savedoff and former vice president Ruth Levine tell the story of how CGD’s Closing the Evaluation Gap initiative led to the creation of the International Institute for Impact Evaluation (3ie), a new institute for impact evaluation. Savedoff explains that before the 3ie, there was a gap in information between the implementation of aid programs and the eventual impact of those programs. For example, we knew that schools were built, but how many children attended the school and what did they learn? Such information was not as readily available. Savedoff and Levine formed a working group that promoted two major recommendations in its final report: (1) aid agencies need to invest more in their own capacity to do impact evaluations and (2)  independent institutions need to be created to mobilize and channel funding for high-quality impact evaluations. 3ie became that organization, and with the help of CGD it is working to close the evaluation gap. Learn more about this CGD initiative here.

Making Markets for Vaccines

In this two-minute 2006 video clip, Ruth Levine, then CGD senior fellow and director for global health, tells the story of CGD’s Making Markets for Vaccines initiative. She describes how a CGD Working Group produced an economic and legal framework for funds to incentivize vaccine development. The G-7 Finance Ministers endorsed the approach and five donors (Canada, Italy, Norway, UK and Russia, and the Gates Foundation) committed $1.5 billion to create an incentive for a vaccine against the strains of pneumococcus disease prevalent in low-income countries. Owen Barder, a co-author of the working group report, and Alice Albright, a member of the working group who was then CFO of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, help tell the story of moving this innovative proposal from idea to action.


Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health (event)

CCG launched the Start With A Girl: A New Agenda For Global Health report on October 7, 2009. In this video of the event, Ambassador of Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer described the Obama administration's commitment to girls' wellbeing in developing countries, including the State Department’s current efforts and future plans. Following Ambassador Verveer’s address, authors Ruth Levine and Miriam Temin gave a brief overview of the contents of the report and a preview of the eight recommendations for promoting adolescent girls' health. A lively panel discussion followed.