Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
The course introduces impact evaluation as a key instrument for determining project/program effectiveness, informing policy development and improving program designs. The course has two streams:
Through these two streams, the focus is on learning when and how to commission and manage impact evaluation (for managers and policy makers) and how to perform evaluations to understand the effectiveness of a program (for technical specialists). The course covers commonly used econometric and statistical methods to evaluate the impacts of social and other programs in developing countries. The course will cover both randomized and non-randomized methods.
The course will also cover other practical aspects, such as managing an impact evaluation team, planning and implementing data collection, and disseminating the results of the evaluation.
Delivery of the course consists of lectures, class exercises, and group work. Many of the exercises will involve case studies using data from actual programs that are discussed in the lectures. Participants will also have an opportunity to determine options for evaluations for their own programs. The course will be taught in English.
Objectives of Impact Evaluation for Managers and Policy Makers
At the end of these three days participants will be able to:
Objectives of Impact Evaluation for Technical Implementation
At the end of the course participants will be able to:
Participants in the Impact Evaluation for Managers and Policy Makers stream will receive a “CLEAR” certificate of attendance.
Participants in the Impact Evaluation for Technical Implementation stream will receive a Certificate of Competence in Introduction to Evaluations and Surveys from the University of the Witwatersrand, upon fulfilment of the course requirements.
Priority will be given to teams (2 or more individuals) considering, designing, or implementing impact evaluations; including policymakers, policy analysts, program and evaluation managers, and their technical staff. There are no prerequisites for the Managers and Policy Makers stream other than a willingness to learn as much as possible about why and how impact evaluations are conducted, and how to use their findings.
To fully benefit from the course, the more technically oriented stream participants need to be familiar with statistics, multiple regression analysis and possess some knowledge of a statistical software package (e.g., STATA, SAS, SPSS, or R). In applying for the technical stream participants for the technical course will be required to take a short quiz.
All participants must be proficient in English
Days 1 through 3 – Impact Evaluation for Policy Makers
Days 1 through 9 – Impact Evaluation for Technical Implementation
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