Impact Evaluation Critical to Poverty Reduction

Professor Paul Gertler of the University of California, Berkeley led the influential impact evaluation study of the Oportunidades Conditional Cash Transfer program in Mexico. As a result of the study, the Mexican government scaled up the program across the country, eventually making it a successful model for other countries in Latin America to emulate. He begins by discussing the critical role impact evaluation played in ensuring the Mexican conditional cash transfer program thrived, despite changes in government.