Overview: Integrating Geospatial Data and Analysis into Land Tenure Impact Evaluations

Although land rights are spatial in nature, the effects of securing land rights are seldom analyzed spatially. E3/Land is working to change that by leveraging the power of geospatial data and analysis to gain new insights into the most effective land tenure programs and policies. Central to this effort is using geospatial data and analysis to expand opportunities to learn from and inform USAID’s portfolio of land tenure impact evaluations. This offers important opportunities for evaluators to augment the more traditional household survey methods that most impact evaluations employ with geospatial data and analysis. While useful in many contexts, geospatial data and methodologies have important limitations that evaluators should to keep in mind. This document shows some of the ways that E3/Land is integrating geospatial data and analysis into impact evaluations and what we are learning from these efforts.