LIDC Short Course on Evaluation for Development Programmes

The London International Development Centre (LIDC) short course on evaluation for development programmes will be taught by impact evaluation experts from 3ie, the Institute of Education, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. 

The course will be held in London on 9-13 November 2015. 

The purpose of this intensive short course is to provide participants with a comprehensive background in evaluation methods for development programmes. The course is aimed at development professionals, academics and students with advanced-level students who wish to gain better understanding of the terminology and fundamentals of evaluation methods.

At the end of this course participants will be able to understand fundamental concepts of impact evaluations and will be expected to develop an evaluation protocol and apply it to a contemporary development programme. 

To know more about the course, the eligibility criteria and how to apply, click here. The deadline for applications is 14 August 2015.

Course content 

The five-day short course will cover the following topics: 

  • What is evaluation? Why evaluate? What questions do you want to answer? 
  • Different questions and research strategies and specific methods for evaluating impact 
  • Theory of change and the counterfactual 
  • Introduction to systematic reviews 
  • Experimental design methods (including randomised control trials) 
  • Quasi-experimental designs (including an introduction to data analysis) 
  • Process evaluation, qualitative and mixed methods for impact evaluation 
  • Implementation of good impact evaluations 
  • The politics of fieldwork 
  • Knowledge synthesis and translation: studying the impact of impact evaluations, systematic reviews and other evidence in policymaking and decision making 
  • Economic appraisals (cost-benefit) 
  • Ethics and evaluation

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