The course objective is to expose participants to advanced skills for conducting impact evaluations of youth employment programmes. Upon completion, it is expected that participants will have improved or updated their understanding of quantitative impact evaluation concepts and methods; will have reviewed and tested impact evaluation methods and techniques, such as randomized control trials; and will be in a position to identify the most pertinent types of impact evaluation, taking into account specific project constraints, institutional and national contexts, and budgetary, time and data constraints.
The difficulties encountered by young people and women across the world to gain and retain decent jobs are well documented. After a number of years of improvements, in most countries, youth unemployment is again on the rise. According to the ILO, in 2016, 71 million young women and men aged 15 to 24 were unemployed. This is in particular true for vulnerable populations such as young women and rural youth often working in informal employment, underemployment and under poor working conditions. Furthermore, gender gaps remain persistent as, for example, in the Middle East and North Africa region women are on average 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed than men. Overall, transition to decent and stable jobs is slow and difficult.
Many programmes have been implemented to address the youth employment challenge but the impact of these programmes is much less documented. Impact evaluation is one of the most important methods that support evidence-based policy. Focusing on cause-and-effect questions, impact evaluations are needed to inform policy makers on a range of decisions, from limiting inefficient interventions, to scaling up programmes that work, to adjusting program design, to selecting among various intervention alternatives. They are particularly effective for evaluating new and innovative programs that are testing a new, unproven, but promising approach.
Recognizing the need for rigorous results measurement and improved evidence, the ILO’s Youth Employment Programme, ITCILO and IFAD are joining forces to offer a course on monitoring and evaluation of employment programmes, with a particular focus on interventions targeted at women and rural youth. The course will be delivered in partnership with IFAD as part of an IFAD-financed project, titled “Strengthening gender monitoring and evaluation in rural employment in the Near East and North Africa.” Through rigorous impact research, this capacity development and learning grant project aims to understand “what works” in the promotion of gender mainstreaming, with the ultimate goal of reaching gender equality in rural employment outcomes across the region.
This course focuses primarily on quantitative techniques of impact evaluation for youth employment programmes. A step-by-step approach will be followed using a statistical software (STATA) to apply various techniques of impact evaluation using real data. A thematic focus will be given to youth employment, but the explored impact techniques are equally applicable for interventions targeting other socio-economic outcomes.
The course objective is to equip participants with skills for conducting impact evaluations, with a special focus on youth employment programmes.
Upon completion, it is expected that participants:
- have deepened their understanding of employment indicators relevant for young people and reviewed the most typical designs of youth employment promotion interventions;
- have improved or updated their knowledge of quantitative impact evaluation concepts and methods;
- have reviewed and tested impact evaluation methods and techniques;
- have applied the different quantitative techniques to real data and interpreted the results;
- are in a position to identify the most pertinent type of impact evaluation technique, taking into account speciﬁc characteristics of the programme design and data needs.
Structure and contents
Structure and contents
This training will combine sessions for discussion on fundamental concepts related to youth and women employment interventions, sessions focused on properties of different techniques for impact evaluation and exercises with a statistical software for applying the techniques to real data.
The programme will be organized around the following contents:
Employment indicators relevant for young people and women and typical employment promotion interventions for youth: Concepts as decent work, employability skills, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment (for example the women’s empowerment in agriculture index) will be explored and their measurement will be discussed. The most typical designs of employment promotion interventions will be reviewed together with the evidence of the identified results.
Introduction to statistical packages: Using a user-friendly statistical software, a series of basic exercises will be undertaken to analyse trends in employment indicators and other outcomes commonly associated with employment promotion interventions, such unemployment duration, wages, job mobility, among others.
Quantitative methods for estimating impact: Key concepts, alternative methods, associated common threats and pitfalls will be thoroughly discussed and the different estimation techniques will be applied to data through exercises.
- Concepts of causality and counterfactual; the challenges of counterfactual estimation
- Randomized control trials: The benefits and methods of randomization
- Quasi-experimental methods: Differences-in-differences, regression discontinuity, and matching methods
- Combining methods: The benefits of combining methods in one assessment to override the limitation of each method alone.
The implementation of an impact evaluation: preparing an evaluation plan, choosing the sample, collecting and analyzing data, disseminating the findings.
Gender issues and the needs of the most vulnerable youth will be carefully mainstreamed.
The course is learner-centered and highly participatory. It will balance interactive technical and conceptual presentations by ILO staff and other subject-matter specialists, with real country cases and group exercises and discussions by participants. Practical exercises using STATA software will be carried out to apply the discussed estimation techniques to real data.
The course is intended for participants involved in impact evaluation of employment programmes. It fits the needs of staff from international organizations or development banks, officials from national, regional or local governments, and staff from other types of organizations with the responsibility of conducting or supervising impact evaluations.
The participation of women is strongly encouraged.
Since participants will work directly with raw datasets, experience with STATA or SPSS would be commended.
Cost of participation
Cost of participation
The cost of participation in this one-week course is 2,180 Euro, which includes: tuition fees (Euro1,580) and subsistence costs (Euro 600).
The ITCILO disposes of a limited number of fellowships which may cover part of the subsistence and tuition fees. Please note that these fellowships do not include the international travel. If eligible, early candidates will be given priority. Priority will be given for applications from the Middle East or North Africa region.
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How to apply
How to apply
To register, kindly fill in and submit the online registration form at your earliest convenience: http://intranetp.itcilo.org/STF/A9010447/en
Applicants are kindly asked to attach to their form or send by email an official sponsorship letter issued by their Institution (or a donor organization), stating that it will cover:
- the cost of the course (2,180 EUR) or an amount in Euro which can be considered by the Institution or donor, if applying for a partial fellowship;
- the international travel between the country of origin and the Turin Centre.
Please note that only applications accompanied by these documents (on line application form and official sponsorship letter) will be taken into consideration.
Deadline for application: 8 September 2017.