Latin American Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programmes pioneered the
use of rigorous impact evaluation methodologies to assess social
development programmes. These evaluations have been useful for ensuring
continued political support for the interventions and for helping
policymakers improve CCTs to achieve even greater impact. This Brief
reviews evaluation objectives, key steps to consider in designing and
implementing a rigorous CCT evaluation, and describes how evaluations
have been used in the region. The Latin American story of CCT
evaluations may be useful for both practitioners and policymakers as
they consider how to plan and implement evaluations of their own CCTs.
•CCT evaluations provide critical information for policymakers, forcing
them to maintain effective programmes even through changes in political
administrations, and identifying design and implementation changes
needed to improve impact.
•Despite being politically and technically demanding, implementing
randomised or experimental methodologies to evaluate social programmes
Jaramillo, M. ELLA Policy Brief: Learning from CCT evaluations. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2012) 5 pp.