Many programs at both the national and regional levels aim to improve the livelihoods of the world’s poorest. Governments, researchers, donor agencies, and NGOs have turned to field experiments as an exciting tool to evaluate existing programs and answer key questions in development economics.
To introduce randomized evaluations as one method of field research J-PAL Southeast Asia (J-PAL SEA), in collaboration with two local universities in Indonesia, will conduct two trainings in Banda Aceh and Makassar, targeted at local economic researchers and government agencies. During the three-day course, participants will be introduced to several topics related to the design of randomized evaluations:
1. What is evaluation?
2. How do we measure impact?
3. Introduction to randomized evaluation
4. How should we translate evidence to policy?
Through a mixture of theory and interactive group work, participants will gain a grasp on the technical content provided during the training. The round table discussions during the training will be facilitated by J-PAL SEA staff who have prior experience in running randomized evaluations and working with government agencies in evaluating their programs. The training will be held in Banda Aceh on October 17-19, 2017.