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Impact evaluations for market systems programmes


These BEAM Exchange guidelines set out the key steps and considerations for designing, planning and undertaking the evaluation of a programme or intervention that applies a market systems approach (also described as the making markets work for the poor (M4P) approach). Programmes using this approach typically implement projects targeted on different areas of a market system, with the aim of shifting the way the system works and therefore improving the lives of men and women living in poverty.

The guidelines are intended both for evaluators, and for those involved in drawing up the terms of reference and commissioning an evaluation (programme managers and donors).