Thursday, 19 September 2013

Do you want to know how to design an impact evaluation of a development intervention?

by Edoardo Masset

Following the success of the first offering of the Impact Evaluation Design Course at the Institute of Development Studies, I am delighted to announce that we will run the course again this year from 31 March to 4 April 2014. Joining me will be Professor Robert Chambers (IDS), Dee Jupp and Dr Jean-Pierre Tranchant (IDS).

My experience and expertise

I have worked on the evaluation of development programmes over the last 10 years and I have witnessed, and happily joined, the emergence of the movement towards the use of evidence-based policy making in international development.  I have designed and conducted a number of impact evaluations in different countries and fields and I have employed a wide range of methods. My expertise is mostly quantitative and my colleagues Robert and Dee will bring the needed expertise in qualitative methods.

What the course will cover

The focus is on how to design a rigorous impact evaluation in a developing country. This includes things like theory of change, experiments and quasi-experiments, and sampling. In addition, my colleagues will illustrate the use of old and new qualitative evaluation methods such as reality checks. The goal is to design an evaluation that incorporates the best of qualitative and quantitative research and possibly integrating them.


Group work enables participants to learn from one another

Teaching experience suggests that students don’t learn what the teacher says but what they do. When you learn how to draw or how to drive a car, you surely need some classes by some expert, but ultimately what you need is practice, practice and more practice. Impact evaluation is not different. A key aspect of this course is group work and an enquiry-based learning style. Participants will form working groups and will identify a policy relevant issue and a specific public intervention to evaluate.

Working in groups is a great way to learn from your fellow practitioners as well as applying what you will learn around how to build the components of a full evaluation design. The idea is to and construct a design document during these practical sessions by applying the information learned in class. The teaching team will facilitate the group work and will provide individual feed-back on the evaluation designs using standards of assessment by organisations such as the World Bank, DFID and 3ie.

Previous participants’ comments

“It has been a very enjoyable and well organised week!”

“It's a very useful and practical course.” 

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

“The combination of lecture, discussion, Q&A and group work were particularly useful and helpful.”

So if you’re interested in learning more about Impact Evaluation design why not take a look at our web page and find out more about this course.

Finally, we are glad to announce that 3ie is willing to offer three bursaries for participants from low income countries.


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