Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #279

Impact Evaluation of Productive Use – An Implementation Guideline for Electrification Projects

by Gunther Bensch, Jörg Peters and Christoph M. Schmidt

RWI, RUB, 08/2011, 32 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-324-5

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Abstract

There is a consensus in the international community that rural electrification and, in
particular, the productive use of electricity contributes to poverty alleviation. At the
same time, efforts to evaluate the impacts of development projects have increased
substantially. This paper provides a hands-on guide for designing evaluation studies
regarding the impacts of productive electricity usage. Complementary to the existing
literature on evaluation methods, this guide familiarizes project managers with the
concrete steps that have to be undertaken to plan and implement an evaluation. The
guide comprises three modules based on enterprise surveys and on anecdotal case
studies. For each module, the implementation is described on a step-by-step basis
including conceptual issues as well as logistics and methodological questions.

JEL-Classification: O22

Keywords: Development effectiveness; productive electricity use; survey design; monitoring and evaluation

Published as:

Bensch, G., J. Peters and C. M. Schmidt (2012), Impact Evaluation of Productive Use - An Implementation Guideline for Electrification Projects. Energy Policy 40 (1): 186-195.

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