The direct objective of the course is to provide a thorough introduction to the concepts and methods used for conducting impact evaluation and cost-benefit analysis.
The goal of an impact evaluation is to attribute impacts to a certain policy, programme or project as well as to assess the relevance and effectiveness of an intervention. To this end a comparison group has to be constructed to measure what would have happened to the policy or programme beneficiaries had the intervention not taken place. The process of identifying this group, collecting the needed data, and conducting the relevant cost-benefits analysis requires a lot of careful, thorough thought and planning.
Specifically, the training will serve the three following objectives:
- Improve understanding of concepts and methods for appropriate counter-factual impact evaluation and cost-effectiveness of Development projects and programmes;
- Help identify impact evaluation options that recognise budget, time and data constraints, and that best suit the needs of specific programmes, countries and institutional context;
- Strengthen the technical capability to understand, interpret and identify the pros and cons of quantitative impact evaluations (experimental and quasi-experimental design) qualitative impact evaluations and costs-benefits analysis.