To evaluate the impact of programs and reforms in taxation and private sector development, ECOPA implements econometric methods to generate counterfactual scenarios and compare them with observed outcomes. These tools are combined with qualitative techniques (case studies, focus groups) to provide balanced evaluations with practical lessons on policy and program design.

Projects

An impact evaluation of IFC investment climate program in Mali

ECOPA has been selected by IFC to evaluate its assistance program for investment climate reforms in Mali. This evaluation includes an analysis of the impact of the war (2012-2014) on the economy, using the Synthetic Control Method.

Impact evaluation of the EU Directive on Administrative Cooperation

ECOPA is participating in the impact evaluation of the EU Directive on Administrative Cooperation (DAC), covering, inter alia, automated exchanges of information against tax evasion and BEPS (with Economisti Associati, for the European Commission, DG TAXUD, 2018-on-going).

Impact evaluation of SECO program in Africa, for IFC

ECOPA implements an impact assessment of the SECO (Swiss cooperation) investment climate program in Africa, for IFC. For IFC (2018).

Impact evaluation of fiscal reforms in Ethiopia

In association with Economisti Associati, ECOPA is implementing Synthetic Control Method techniques to assess the impact of tax and customs reforms in Ethiopia. For the World Bank (2018).

An Impact Assessment of OHADA Reforms

In association with Economisti Associati, ECOPA led an impact assessment of OHADA investment climate reforms. This includes the use of the Synthetic Control Method for isolating the impact of the program on key impact indicators such as job creation, investment and business registration. The final report is available here. For IFC / World Bank (2017).

Framework Contract TAXUD/2015/CC/132 – For the provision of evaluation and impact assessment-related services

For the European Commission’s DG TAXUD, ECOPA is a member of the consortium led by Economisti Associati for evaluations and impact assessment of the European Union’s tax and customs programs and policies. This contract covers tax policies such as the review of the excise duty structure of alcoholic beverages, fiscal marking of gas oil and kerosene, and […]

Development of new guidelines for monitoring and evaluation in conflict affected countries

The project is based on the five detailed case studies (Tajikistan, South Sudan, Nepal, DRC, West Bank,) to test and develop practical M&E recommendations and tools for IFC projects in conflict-affected countries or regions, including how to measure ‘soft outcome’, conflict-related additionality, address the do-no-harm question and provide concrete guidance on data collection. The case […]