In the lead-up to EvalYear 2015 we will preview each of the 10 submissions selected from our International Call for Evaluations that Make a Difference. A different preview will be posted every few days and in random order.
Today’s submission is from Mexico and describes the impact of several qualitative evaluations of the program Progresa / Oportunidades. This has been one of the pioneers of conditional cash transfer programs in Latin America. In 2013 the program reached about one fifth of the total Mexican population. The goal of the program is to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty through action in education, health and nutrition.
Qualitative evaluations of the program had an impact on operations and procedures that resulted in health and education benefits for the target population. Along with this, the evaluations impacted positively on the empowerment of women, income for the elderly, and the targeting of the indigenous population.
To learn more about how and why this evaluation ‘made a difference’ you can download the original submission (in Spanish) and read an addendum (in English or Spanish).
All 10 submissions are currently being developed into engaging stories and will be published in English, Spanish and French during EvalYear 2015.