Evaluating CTs’ impacts

Knowledge gaps

Current knowledge gaps and areas for future research include the following:

  • Information about collecting data in settings with limited financial and human resource capacity, targeting individuals who may not be easily identified due to stigma or inaccessibility, improving the implementation of targeting using communities and effectively communicating targeting criteria to program beneficiaries and nonbeneficiaries
  • Information on how to effectively rely on community members for targeting, distribution, and program monitoring
  • Analysis on how receipt of the cash transfer, especially by females, affects intrahousehold relationships in the varied cultural settings in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Information on how to maintain cost-effective and timely cash delivery to remote locations or groups
  • Data that provides information on optimal transfer size with respect to program goals
  • Continued information on how, when, and how frequently to enforce conditions in African CTs, obtained through both impact evaluations and qualitative analysis
  • Information on how Sub-Saharan African CCTs have encouraged the improvement of condition-related service delivery
  • Information on how to effectively implement monitoring systems in limited-capacity settings
    • Case studies that illustrate how CTs have overcome technological constraints in monitoring, as well as how they have increased capacity of program personnel for monitoring
    • Information on how to monitor who actually resides in beneficiary households, particularly when benefits are tied to household size
    • Cost-effective methods of monitoring communities involved in CTs, especially given capacity constraints
  • Information on short and long-term interactions of cash transfers and informal risk coping mechanisms, such as migration and remittances, and informal insurance arrangements
  • Additional case studies and information on how donors can coordinate their efforts and funding, all while supporting government priorities and systems
  • Finally, resources need to be translated into French, and some resources should be created specifically for francophone countries