Advanced Content Analysis: Can Artificial Intelligence Accelerate Theory-Driven Complex Program Evaluation?

This paper presents the methodology and results used to assess the applicability and utility of artificial intelligence for advanced theory-based content analysis.

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This pilot study tests the applicability, usefulness, and added value of using AI for advanced theory-based content analysis within the framework of IEG’s thematic evaluations. Using a set of interventions associated with the World Bank’s chronic malnutrition and stunted growth portfolio, the paper assesses the efficiency gains generated by AI-assisted content analysis in labeling and classifying text according to an outcome-based conceptual framework.