ECOPA staff have extensive experience in implementing rigorous evaluations using standard OECD-DAC methodology and criteria (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability). This typically includes an assessment of a program or policy’s ex ante theory of change against ex post results as assessed through beneficiary surveys, case studies, stakeholder interviews and document analyses.

Recently, ECOPA has been a leader in integrating data-driven impact assessment methods generating counterfactual scenarios (difference-in-differences, synthetic control method) into standard WBG/IFC evaluations. In ECOPA’s evaluations, these methods are always integrated under OECD-DAC evaluation criteria to provide balanced assessments and practical lessons on program design and improvements.


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 […]