J-PAL Africa Evaluating Social Programs Course, 2021
Held live over Zoom, this five-day training will equip participants with the resources and knowledge to engage with impact evaluations of social programs. This training will provide participants with a thorough understanding of why and when researchers and policymakers might choose to conduct randomized evaluations and how randomized evaluations are designed in real-world settings. The course provides an in-depth look at using randomized evaluations to rigorously measure social impact, methods and considerations for their design and implementation, and how findings can inform evidence-based policies and programs.
Lectures and case studies uses real-world examples from Africa on a variety of themes including labour, gender, finance and governance. The course reviews the benefits and methods of randomization, how to choose an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of an evaluation. It covers the importance of a needs assessment and a theory of change, and how to measure outcomes effectively—tools that are critical for all programme evaluations.
** Please note that the e-course described in this page is not free. **