Impact Evaluation Design – Short Course

Monday 31 March 2014 - Friday 4 April 2014 09:30 to 17:30
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, UK

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A 5 day course on Impact Evaluation Design aimed at researchers, project managers and practitioners. The Course Leader Dr Edoardo Masset and the rest of the teaching staff will provide participants with the necessary methodology and practical knowledge to meet a growing demand for rigorous evaluation of development programmes.


£1500 - The fee includes the tuition fees, course materials, lunches, refreshments and one group dinner. It does not cover accommodation or travel costs.


Thanks to the support of 3ie we are delighted to be able to offer a small number of bursaries to applicants (national and resident) from Low Income Countries. the bursary will cover course fees, international flights and accommodation. If you would like to be considered for a bursary please apply for a place on the course (using the form below) and contact the Course Coordinator for details on the separate bursary application process.


This course focuses on how to design a rigorous impact evaluation in a developing country context. Participants will learn: how to frame the right evaluation questions and choose the right indicators; which are the best impact evaluation methodologies; how to go beyond simple impact assessment by assessing spill-over effects, cost-effectiveness and impact on vulnerable groups; the cutting-edge qualitative methods for impact assessment.

Course Content

This course will cover all the elements of impact evaluation designs as required by institutions such as 3ie, DFID and the World Bank. The following topics will be covered:

  • Theory based evaluation
  • Randomised controlled trials and quasi-experimental designs
  • Outcome indicators and sampling
  • Qualitative methods

Course Structure

The course offers a balanced combination of teaching sessions and practical work. Each lecture will be followed by a practical session with participants working in small groups. In the seminars participants will learn how to build the elements of a full evaluation design, applying the technical tools learned in the lectures. On the final day of the course each group will present their evaluation design in plenary sessions. The course lecturers will provide feed-back on the evaluation designs compiled, using a standard of assessment normally adopted by organisations such as the World Bank, DFID and 3ie.

Course Level and Entry Requirements

The course will be taught in English, to derive the maximum benefit from the course, participants should be proficient in English and able take an active part in course discussions. The material presented will at a medium level of technical difficulty and conceptually challenging. Though a basic knowledge of statistics or economics is desirable, it is not a precondition. Mathematics and diagrams will be minimally employed at a level comparable to an undergraduate economics course

Teaching Staff

This course has been developed by IDS Research Fellow Edoardo Masset, who has extensive experience of conducting impact evaluations of development interventions.  Edoardo is the Course Leader and will be joined by Robert Chambers, Dee Jupp and Jean-Pierre Tranchant who will deliver components in their areas of expertise.

Application Procedure

The application procedure is in 3 stages:

  1. Stage 1 Application form online to be completed by Friday 8 November 2013.
  2. Successful applicants will receive the Stage 2 form and an invoice for the course fees. Places on the course are not guaranteed until fees have been received.
  3. Once we have received the fees applicants will receive confirmation of a place on course and a letter to support their visa application (if required).

The course brochure and terms and conditions can be downloaded as pdfs.

Please contact the Course Coordinator ( or tel +44 (0)1273 915763 if you have any queries.

Accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education as a Short Course Provider.

Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Brighton, BN1 9RE UK


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Inspiring teaching, enabling knowledge building through lectures, learning-by-doing and group interactions. I really enjoyed it.

Resources, readings and lectures were fantastic!

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