Approach Paper: Assessing Impacts of Productive Development Programs at the Firm Level in Brazil

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May 2015
As part of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight's (OVE) Work Program, OVE will conduct a comparative analysis of the main types of firm productivity enhancement-oriented programs (or productive development programs, PDPs) supported by the IDB Group (or Bank) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region and specifically implemented by Brazilian institutions. Rather than evaluating Bank projects, the evaluation will examine whether and how Bank-supported approaches implemented by Brazilian institutions affect firm level outcomes, with the main indicator being productivity. The assessment will also measure program results on employment, real wages, exports (value-range) and innovation (patents and trademarks registration). The overarching objective of this exercise is to provide insight for future strategic decisions regarding the targeting of Bank support to productive development in the Region.