Case Study

Institutionalizing Impact Assessment: Case Study on the Philippines

Introducing the concept of impact assessment in the Philippines
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This paper discusses the program, Imp-Act, initiated by the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) in the Philippines, to bring about a greater understanding of the value of impact assessment (IA).

The paper offers the following details of the program:

  • The project's immediate objective was to meet the microfinance institution's (MFIs) client information needs for IA and market research (MR);
  • The Microfinance of the Philippines (MCPI) was taken as the project implementer;
  • The project aims to institutionalize the conduct of IA and MR in MFIs.

The paper lists the following specific activities involved in the project:

  • Development and pilot implementation of a core model of an IA/MR information system;
  • Promotion and advocacy;
  • Building of in-house capacities of MFIs to conduct IA and MR through training workshops.

The paper then discusses the operations of CARD and CARD's experience under Imp-Act, which include:

  • Review of IA and MR initiatives;
  • Defining priorities;
  • Role of the MCPI;
  • Issues and challenges for both CARD and MCPI.

The paper concludes with lessons learned by CARD and MCPI under the Imp-Act project about institutionalizing the IA process within MFIs:

  • Beyond internal capacities, MFIs should be seriously committed to institutionalize impact and client monitoring;
  • MFIs must believe that learning from clients is critical in providing effective microfinance services, improving organizational performance and ensuring institutional growth and sustainability.

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By Joyas, L. & Alip, A.