[SE20-CCI] Paths Towards Impact: How to Evaluate Technology for Development Interventions

DAY 1 – Monday 2 May – 15:30-17:00
Swiss Tech | Room 2C | Level Garden

Session Leader | Summary | Panelists and Abstracts


Session Leader

Marina Cracco
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Marina Cracco is a sustainable development professional with experience working on project and program evaluations, biodiversity, climate change adaptation, environmental and social safeguards, gender and protected areas. She has over 17 years of experience in regional, non-governmental organizations and multilateral development funds. Prior to joining CODEV as the Education Program Coordinator, she was task-managing the First Phase of the Adaptation Fund Evaluation, and the Cuba Country Portfolio Evaluation and the Peru Impact Study for the GEF Independent Evaluation Office.




Technology for development interventions must achieve a double set of impacts; those related to the innovation or technology, such as effective performance, uptake (which includes social acceptance and access) and sustainability in particular and those concerning development and social and environmental impacts brought by the technology solution in general. Evaluating these impacts could be challenging depending on the technology per se and context where it is applied.

This session will devote time presenting experiences and discussing approaches that could offer researchers and practitioners ideas on how to develop pathways towards development impacts of technology interventions and how to approach the measure of such impacts. This will be achieved by the presentation of four case studies, focusing on the evaluation of small-scale energy interventions and technologies or approaches to evaluation of such interventions. A discussion will follow and will be guided by one or two main discussion questions. These questions may include: What are the major challenges faced when evaluating the impact of small-scale energy or other technology interventions? How much does the technology performance compared to other factors hinder or facilitate the achievement of development impacts and sustainability of energy or other technology interventions? What are best practices that could be applied when evaluating the impact of urgent technology interventions and solutions in humanitarian aid settings? What are the success stories in the evaluation of technology interventions?

Caroline Khene, Rhodes University, South Africa, A Comprehensive Evaluation Approach To Iterative And Incremental ICT4D


Kathleen Lask, University of California Berkeley, United States of America, Lessons Learned from a Comparison Study of Charcoal Stoves for Haiti [PDF Full Paper]


Abigael Piemo, Center for Training and Integrated Research in Arid and Semi Arid Lands Development, Kenya, Greenhouse Gas Assessment of Alternative Value Chains of Biomass Energy for Cooking in Kenya and Tanzania


Julia Terrapon-Pfaff, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany, What Impacts Do Small-Scale Energy Projects in Developing Countries Really Have? Findings from a Repeated Post-Evaluation