Impact Evaluation Design – Short Course
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, UK
This 5-day course on Impact Evaluation Design will provide researchers, project managers and practitioners with the necessary methodology and practical knowledge to meet the growing demand for rigorous evaluation of development programmes. The course leader is Dr Edoardo Masset.
In this course you will learn how to design an impact evaluation of a development intervention.
What are the appropriate impact evaluation methodologies? What are the data we need to collect and what are the right indicators? How do we go beyond simple impact assessment by assessing spill-over effects, cost-effectiveness and impact on vulnerable groups? In other words, how do we design a rigorous impact evaluation?
In recent years the attention of evaluators has shifted from the analysis of data after the completion of an intervention to the careful design of studies before the intervention is implemented. Researchers, managers and implementers are now increasingly required to contribute to the production or the selection of evaluation designs. Our course will cover all the elements of impact evaluation designs as required by institutions such as 3ie, DFID and the World Bank.
More specifically, the following topics will be covered:
- Theory based evaluation
- Randomised controlled trials and quasi-experimental designs
- Survey design and data collection
- Qualitative and cost-effectiveness analysis
- Communication strategies
The course offers a balanced combination of informational content and practical work. Each lecture will be followed by a practical session. After an introductory session participants will form small groups and will identify a policy relevant issue and a specific development intervention to evaluate.
In the following seminar sessions the groups will learn how to build all the elements of a full evaluation design by applying the technical tools learned in the lectures. In a concluding session, at the end of the course, groups will present their evaluation design in plenary sessions. In addition, the lecturers will provide individual feed-back to the evaluation designs compiled by the groups using a standard of assessment normally adopted by organisations such as the World Bank, DFID and 3ie.
Course level and entry requirements
The material is presented at a medium level of technical difficulty. Though a basic knowledge of statistics or economics is desirable, it is not a precondition for learning the material presented. Mathematics and diagrams will be minimally employed at a level comparable to an undergraduate economics course. The material covered however will be conceptually challenging.
The course will be taught in English and to derive the maximum benefit from the course, participants should be proficient in English and able to follow and take an active part in course discussions. Our course is particularly targeted to researchers, managers, and practitioners of development organisations that are requested to use or produce impact evaluation designs.
Course fee: £1,500
The course will be led and mostly taught by IDS Research Fellow Edoardo Masset. Edoardo Masset is an agricultural and development economist with over 10 year experience in the field of impact evaluation of development interventions. Before joining IDS he was a consultant with the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank where he participated in the evaluation of several World Bank projects in the areas of education, nutrition, irrigation and poverty reduction. More recently he was involved in the design and the implementation of two randomised trials and the evaluation of complex interventions such as the Millennium Village Project.
He has also worked on the systematisation of knowledge and the promotion of evidence based policies through the production of systematic reviews of evidence and through studies of the impact of research on policy. He is also a reviewer of evaluation designs for 3ie and other donor organisations.
Marc P. Berenson will be co-teaching on this course. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University in 2006. His work focuses on public policy in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, with particular attention to the comparative analysis of post-communist governing institutions and, especially, tax compliance.
He is currently undertaking an evaluation of the effectiveness of the World Jewish Relief’s four-year Wohl Livelihood Development Programme (LDP) in Ukraine.
Please contact the course coordinator Caroline Martin (email@example.com) or tel +44 1273 915713 if you have any queries.
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