Results for All and the African Institute for Development Policy have issued a call for applications for public officials and policymakers to attend a workshop on using evidence to improve policy implementation. Applications will be accepted from teams of 3-4 individuals who are currently working together to implement a specific policy in any sector. A team must include at least two members from government agencies. Seven to eight teams will receive funding to participate. The workshop will be held in Nairobi from 23-35 July. The deadline for applications is 14 May.
Economist Jeffrey Sachs will deliver a lecture on financing universal health coverage at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on 24 May in London. He will lead a discussion on the cost and financing dimensions of achieving universal health coverage at all levels of national income, followed by a question and answer session. Professor Sachs is the director, Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Sustainable Development Goals. This lecture is free to attend, but registration is required.
This lecture is part of a monthly lecture series organized by CEDIL and the Centre for Evaluation, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Rick Davie, independent monitoring and evaluation consultant, will summarise the main points of a paper, Representing theories of change technical challenges and evaluation consequences. The lecture will explore the technical issues associated with the representation of theories of change and the implications of design choices for the evaluability of those theories.
CLEAR/J-PAL South Asia is organising a 3-day introductory course on Measurement and Survey Design. This course uses an array of pedagogical tools including lectures, case studies and experiential exercises to increase participants’ understanding of the process of designing and implementing effective survey questionnaires that yield high-quality data. The course is specifically intended for researchers, M&E professionals and other individuals looking to build and/or refresh their knowledge of fundamental skills for collecting primary quantitative data.
J-PAL/CLEAR South Asia is organising a five-day course on ‘Evaluating social programmes’, its annual executive education course. This course gives participants a thorough understanding of why and when researchers and policymakers choose to conduct randomised evaluations and how they are designed for a real-world setting. It reviews the benefits and methods of randomisation, how to choose an appropriate sample size, and common threats to the validity of an experiment. The course also covers the importance of a needs assessment, the theory of change, and how to measure outcomes effectively—tools that are critical for all programme evaluations.
impactAFRICA, in partnershipwith the World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund will present online webinars monthly. These webinars will be conducted by global development experts and media strategists on sectors, including education, early childhood nutrition. They will underscore the importance of evidence-based policy-making for programmes that deliver results. While the webinar series was developed for journalists in Africa who cover these issues, they will also be useful for global students, development practitioners, policymakers and others who want to improve their knowledge of development issues and how to measure impact.