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Priceless? A New Framework for Estimating the Cost of Open Government Reforms

August 1, 2017

Given the reality of increasingly limited development resources from external funders, being able to weigh the full costs of open government initiatives is critical to ensuring that governments are allocating and using resources in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Priceless? A New Framework for Estimating the Cost of Open Government Reforms presents and tests a methodology for doing just that. This report highlights work led by Results for Development and supported by the World Bank between August 2016 and June 2017 that has sought to overcome a major gap in understanding the value of open government programs globally.

An Interim Evaluation of the Master’s in Development Practice Initiative of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

February 22, 2012

The Foundation invested in the Master's in Development Practice (MDP) to train a new generation of development practitioners with the technical and practical skills necessary to diagnose and address the interlinked global problems of sustainable development and poverty. This program was designed as a time-bound initiative for the Foundation.The Foundation commissioned this evaluation to examine (1) the quality and strength of the individual programs and Global MDP Association, (2) the capacity of the Global MDP Secretariat to support the Association, (3) the demand for the program as demonstrated by the quantity, quality, and caliber of students attracted, and (4) the future viability, sustainability, and replicability of the MDP model at other institutions of higher learning. The evaluation team used a mixed method approach. They administered online surveys to MDP institutional leaders, reviewed documents related to the inception and implementation of the initiative, and conducted in-depth interviews with MDP directors, program staff, and students.