With rigorous economic research and practical policy solutions, we focus on the issues and institutions that are critical to global development. Explore our core themes and topics to learn more about our work.
In timely and incisive analysis, our experts parse the latest development news and devise practical solutions to new and emerging challenges. Our events convene the top thinkers and doers in global development.
David Evans is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, working on education, health, and social safety nets. Previously he was at the World Bank, where he co-authored the World Development Report 2018, Learning to Realize Education’s Promise, coordinated impact evaluation work for sub-Saharan Africa, and managed education projects in Brazil. Evans has evaluated education, early child development, agriculture, health, and social safety net programs in Brazil, the Gambia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. He received a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, specializing in economic development and labor economics.
Is there a way to improve health care services amidst the limited physical and human capital in some developing countries? In this seminar, David Evans and Mario Macis will discuss the findings from their field experiment in Nigeria, where 80 primary health centers were provided with varying degrees of management training from SafeCare, an international organization that designs quality of care standards specific to health facilities in low- and middle-income countries. Through their experiment, the authors were able to differentiate between the effects of solely providing assessments and feedback and the effects of providing assessments, feedback, and implementation support to facilities for meeting the quality standards set by SafeCare.