|Title||Contribution analysis of a Bolivian innovation grant fund : mixing methods to verify relevance, efficiency and effectiveness|
|Source||Journal of Development Effectiveness 9 (2017)1. - ISSN 1943-9342 - p. 120 - 143.|
|Department(s)||LEI International Policy|
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Bolivia - contribution analysis - cooperatives - impact evaluation - matching grants|
We used contribution analysis to verify the key assumption in the intervention logic of an innovation fund in Bolivia directed to economic farmer organisations to develop value-added activities. We focussed the research on three sub-components of the intervention logic: relevance of the farmer groups for local economic development, effectiveness of the fund in strengthening these group, and efficiency of the grant allocation mechanism. We used a case-based comparative analysis to assess effectiveness: improved market access for members, strengthened organisational capacities and the capacity to pay organisational costs. We showed that the grants to already well-endowed organisations were particularly unsuccessful.