“We can’t ignore the importance of the process”, David Archer of ActionAid is reported to have said during a debate on Results Based Financing at the Global Partnership for Education’s Financing Conference. As well as more views from ActionAid, the live blog of the session on February 1st, also shares Norad’s experiences of Results Based Financing.
A policy paper published by UNESCO the previous month, questions the sustainability of impact on education systems achieved via results-based payments and urges donors to use caution. The paper looks at why there are so few evaluations in this area and the efforts being made to collect more evidence.
Also in January, the IDB published a Working Paper that seeks to answer the question ‘Is Results-Based Aid More Effective than Conventional Aid?’ by reviewing a natural experiment in the health sector in El Salvador where municipalities were funded through different mechanisms, including Results-Based Aid. The authors found that compared to conventional funding, financing that involved results-based conditionality roughly doubled aid effectiveness and conclude that “The effects appear to have been driven by a more rapid expansion of health infrastructure and qualified personnel by motivated national authorities”.
Coming up: ‘Outcomes-based commissioning: learning from Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds’. On March 27th, Professor Chris Fox, Director of Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, at Manchester Metropolitan University, will share lessons learned from the UK’s use of Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds since 2010.
From PERU’s website, you can take a look at earlier work and presentations by Professor Fox and colleagues on this topic, including a 2017 paper on evaluating outcome-based payment programmes.
Cheryl Brown, Communications Manager, WASH Results MVE Team.