Paul GertlerProfessor at the University of California in Berkeley
With the objective of spreading the culture of government program evaluation, presenting evaluation as a tool that allows improvement on the design, the operation and results of social programs, thus achieving better decision making, CONEVAL held the Seminar on Impact Evaluation throughout different federal entities:
South-Southeastern Region venue at Veracruz, Veracruz (November 22 and 23, 2007) where the states of Oaxaca, Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo and Hidalgo participated.
Northern region venue at Monterrey, Nuevo León (December 3 and 4, 2007), with the participation of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Durango, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Sonora, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Zacatecas and Aguascalientes.
Central region venue at Cuernavaca, Morelos (December 5 and 6, 2007) attended by representatives of Michoacán, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Querétaro, Guanajuato, Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit and Estado de México.
For the Distrito Federal's government the Seminar was replicated with the participation of the Ministry of Finance and Social Development, held from December 25 thru 30 of the same year.
This series of seminars were targeted to public government employees in charge of evaluating social development policy, of establishing budgetary planning and / or of evaluating and monitoring social programs, as well as to academic researchers who participate in the evaluation of social development programs.
International speakers highly experienced in the evaluation of programs helped develop these seminars, such as Paul Gertler, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, former Chief Economist of the World Bank Human Development Network who has headed impact evaluation projects throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia and is one of the researchers involved in the design of the Oportunidades program that helps impoverished communities with education, healthcare, nutrition and income.