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Evaluating Social Programmes 2021

By J-PAL South Asia



Date & time


07 November 2021


07 November 2021


About this event

Evaluating Social Programmes (ESP) 2021 is a five-day course that explores why and how randomised evaluations can be used to rigorously measure impact for better development outcomes. Applications are due by November 7, 2021 at 11.59pm IST.

About the Course 

CLEAR/J-PAL South Asia is offering an online training course ‘Evaluating Social Programmes’. Modelled after our in-person course, Executive Education: Evaluating Social Programmes, this five-day virtual training programme is designed to provide development practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and students with a thorough understanding of randomised evaluations and how they can be used to rigorously measure impact and inform policy.

This online course offers participants a clear introduction to the merits of conducting randomised evaluations of social programmes, when researchers and policymakers might choose to conduct them, and how these evaluations are designed in real-world settings.

The course will cover

  • The basics of measuring impact through randomised evaluations
  • Technical design choices and other pragmatic considerations when conducting a randomised study.
  • Tools that are critical for all programme evaluations—needs assessment, a Theory of Change, and how to measure outcomes effectively.

ESP 2021 will be led by J-PAL affiliated professors and senior CLEAR/J-PAL South Asia staff. Lectures will be supplemented by group discussions of context-specific case studies led by CLEAR/J-PAL South Asia staff, providing participants opportunities to forge connections with peers. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their own work and their learning from ESP 2021 with senior members of the CLEAR/J-PAL South Asia team through office hours.

View the sample agenda to determine the applicability of this course to your learning needs. This sample agenda is provided for reference only.

Who can apply? 

This course is designed for programme managers and researchers at international/local development organisations, foundations/donor organisations, government and non-governmental organisations, as well as students, researchers, and development practitioners.

Please note that the level of this course is Intermediate.

Only individuals working or studying in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) are eligible to apply to this online training course. Interested individuals in Pakistan are encouraged to apply to the upcoming Evidence-Based Program Design workshop organised by Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP).

The deadline for applications is 7th November, 2021, 11:59PM IST. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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