Monday, 12 August 2013

World Bank’s SIEF Call for Proposals

Deadline: 1 November 2013

The World Bank’s SIEF is a multi-donor trust fund, supported by DFID and administered by the World Bank’s Human Development Network. It has now announced its second call for proposals to improve the effectiveness of development policies by expanding the evidence base on the impact of scalable programs affecting human development outcomes.

The Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) promotes rigorous evidence-based decision making in development policies and programs designed to alleviate poverty. Similar to the first call for proposals in 2012, this second call focuses on thematic clusters chosen for their strategic policy relevance: (i) early childhood nutrition, health, and development; (ii) water supply, sanitation, and hygiene linked to human development outcomes; (iii) basic education service delivery; and (iv) health systems and service delivery. Within these clusters, impact evaluation teams may consider a range of program types as outlined in the cluster notes below.

The application process has two stages. The first stage requires completing the online SIEF Proposal Form and submitting a completed Budget Proposal Template by email by November 1, 2013. Proposals will be reviewed and scored by the Evaluation Review Committee according to the explicit criteria outlined in section VI. Selected proposals will have the opportunity to receive seed funding up to

US$25,000 to develop a full technical proposal for the impact evaluation. Selection in this round is not a guarantee of funding beyond the seed funding; in this stage, evaluation teams will be invited to submit full technical proposals with detailed budgets from which several will be selected to receive funding in the next stage.

In the second stage, the evaluation team will submit a full technical proposal with detailed budget that outlines the various aspects of the evaluation. SIEF management will work with teams selected in the first stage to ensure that the full technical proposals submitted are consistent with the focus of the thematic cluster notes, given the other evaluations in the cluster portfolio.

Proposals must be submitted by the World Bank TTL via the online form.

For more information, visit this link.

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