The DCED Evidence Framework organises robust research on results in private sector development (PSD) based on the logic by which programmes typically expect to achieve pro-poor impacts: it is designed as a ‘clickable’ results chain that signposts key evidence for each step in the logic. As such, it helps in making research-backed arguments for PSD, while highlighting remaining research gaps.
For resources focusing on the impact of market systems development programmes only, please refer to the Evidence Map of the BEAM Exchange.
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Get evidence step-by-step: The evidence framework
To view the available evidence for each link in the chain, click on the blue arrows in the results chain below. Please note that the graphic is not available for Mobile Phone displays, however you can click on the respective links in the right hand menu.
To view narratives explaining how the different types of interventions are typically expected to lead to pro-poor outcomes, you can click on the yellow boxes at the bottom of the framework.
Evidence on specific intervention types at a glance: Syntheses of research listed across the evidence framework
Work is on-going to to bring together evidence on specific sub-types of interventions listed across the framework into easily accessible summary documents. Available syntheses by the DCED and others are listed below.
- Management practices in the private sector: A summary of IGC research, September 2019. Summarises the last ten years of IGC research on the links between improving management practices and productivity in developing countries.
- Business Registration: What do we know about the effectiveness of business registration support and reforms? Key studies referenced in the DCED Evidence Framework (v. April 2017)
- Business environment reform and poverty: rapid evidence assessment, DFID, October 2015. The findings of this Rapid Evidence Assessment suggest that BER contributes to poverty reduction principally due to indirect effects, such as by changing the behaviour of private firms. This paper explores these indirect effects of business environment reforms on poverty in detail.
- Business Environment Reform and Investment Promotion and Facilitation: Rapid Evidence Assessment, DFID, October 2015. This Rapid Evidence Assessment addresses two topics: the impact of business environment reform on investment and the effectiveness of linking business environment reform and investment facilitation and promotion services.
- Business Management Training: What do we know about the effectiveness of Business Management Training? Key studies referenced in the DCED Evidence Framework (v. March 2017)
- Raising Agricultural Productivity: Topic Guide on Agricultural Productivity, by Peter Hazell, Evidence on Demand, May 2014. This guide provides an overview of the ways in which agricultural productivity has been successfully raised in developing countries, and of the social, economic and environmental consequences. It draws on the available evidence base, and highlights areas where important knowledge gaps still remain.