Summer 2021 Fellows: Sajan Mehrotra, ‘23 (Undeclared) and Sarah Bitter, ‘22 (Economics)

Office Description:

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.

DECIE is a department of the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice-Presidency, better known as DIME or the Development Impact Evaluation group. DIME’s purpose is to increase the use of impact evaluation (IE) in the design and implementation of public policy and to develop institutional capacity and motivation for evidence-based policy.

DIME’s work focuses on:
• Evaluating programs at scale to answer policy-relevant questions;
• Developing innovative data systems and data analytics tools for real-time decisions;
• Using causal inference analysis to identify mechanisms to improve results;
• Building capacity to strengthen country institutions for evidence-based policymaking.

With a portfolio of more than 170 impact evaluations, DIME operates across all sectors in about 50 countries spanning the globe. The IEs test a variety of interventions and mechanisms to understand why policy succeeds or fails and how to improve policy design and implementation to obtain better results. More information can be found at http://www.worldbank.org/dime.

Potential Projects:

The Stanford in Government’s 3 interns will be contributing to one or more projects in DIME’s FCV portfolio and will also contribute to program-wide activities. Indicative projects include:

  • Support on the World Food Programme and DIME’s joint impact evaluation partnership
  • Support on DIME’s gender agenda

Specific tasks may include conducting literature reviews and other background research; survey design and programming; data analysis; producing dissemination materials such as presentations, policy briefs, and blog posts; contributing to project documents; and supporting workshops and other events. Some administrative support may be required but this will be kept to a minimum.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with quantitative and/or qualitative analysis. Experience working with statistical analysis software such as Stata.
  • Experience with data visualization desired.
  • Substantive interest in the topics described above, ideally demonstrated through prior professional/volunteer experiences and/or coursework.
  • Understanding of causal inference.
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn.
  • Proactivity and ability to take ownership of the work, advancing independently while seeking feedback as required.
  • High degree of proficiency in written English. Professional-level proficiency in French and/or Arabic desired.

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