Contribution analysis of a Bolivian innovation grant fund: mixing methods to verify relevance, efficiency and effectiveness

Giel Ton*

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We used contribution analysis to verify the key assumption in the intervention logic of an innovation fund in Bolivia directed to economic farmer organisations to develop value-added activities. We focussed the research on three sub-components of the intervention logic: relevance of the farmer groups for local economic development, effectiveness of the fund in strengthening these group, and efficiency of the grant allocation mechanism. We used a case-based comparative analysis to assess effectiveness: improved market access for members, strengthened organisational capacities and the capacity to pay organisational costs. We showed that the grants to already well-endowed organisations were particularly unsuccessful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-143
JournalJournal of Development Effectiveness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017



  • Bolivia
  • contribution analysis
  • cooperatives
  • impact evaluation
  • matching grants

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