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17 June 2019 - 21 June 2019

Impact evaluation of employment programmes: A step-by-step approach using STATA

17 June 2019 - 21 June 2019

Impact evaluation of employment programmes: A step-by-step approach using STATA

Impact evaluation of employment programmes: A step-by-step approach using STATA

Course Information

17 June 2019 - 21 June 2019

English

Turin Centre

Code: A9011259

English

Enrolment deadline: 12 May 2019

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Description

Description

This course focuses on quantitative techniques of impact evaluation for employment programmes. A step-by-step approach will be followed using the statistical software STATA to apply various techniques of impact evaluation using real data. A thematic focus will be given to employment outcomes, but the explored impact techniques are equally applicable for interventions targeting other socio-economic outcomes.

Target audience

Target audience

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 other statistical software as SPSS) would be recommended.

Rationale

Rationale

A wide variety of programmes are continuously implemented to promote decent jobs across the world, but the impact of these programmes is not yet sufficiently documented and is very often open to debate. Impact evaluation is one of the most important methods for supporting 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 programme design and selecting among possible alternatives. They are particularly effective for evaluating new and innovative programmes that are testing unproven but promising approaches.

This course focuses on quantitative techniques of impact evaluation for employment programmes. It follows a step-by-step approach using STATA statistical software to apply various techniques of impact evaluation to real data. There will be a thematic focus on employment outcomes, but the impact techniques concerned are equally applicable to interventions targeting other socio-economic outcomes.

Structure and contents

Structure and contents

his training course will combine discussion sessions on fundamental concepts related to employment interventions, sessions on different impact evaluation techniques, and lab sessions with STATA to apply the techniques to real data.

The programme will be organized around the following content:

Employment indicators and typical employment promotion interventions: Decent work indicators will be explored and their measurement will be discussed. The most typical employment promotion intervention designs will be reviewed.

Introduction to STATA: A series of basic exercises will be undertaken to analyse data commonly associated with employment promotion interventions, such as employment, unemployment duration, wages, job mobility and so on.

Quantitative impact estimation techniques: Key concepts, alternative methods, associated common threats and pitfalls will be thoroughly discussed, and the different estimation techniques will be applied to data during the lab sessions.

  • Concepts of causality and counterfactual: the challenge of attribution
  • Randomized control trials (RCTs): the benefits and methods of randomization
  • Quasi-experimental methods: difference-in-differences, regression discontinuity, and matching methods
  • Combining methods: the benefits of combining methods in a single assessment to override the limitations of each method alone.


Project clinic: Participants will have the opportunity to share their projects/programmes and explore the most pertinent impact evaluation technique. Working in groups and benefiting from the experts' advice,  the evaluation design for each of the selected project/programme will be developed and/or improved.

Course objectives

Course objectives

The course objective is to equip participants with skills for conducting impact evaluations, with a special focus on employment programmes.

Upon completion, it is expected that participants will:

  • have deepened their understanding of employment indicators;
  • have improved or updated their knowledge of STATA; 
  • have reviewed impact evaluation concepts and methods; 
  • have applied the different quantitative techniques to real data and interpreted the results;
  • be in a position to identify the most pertinent impact evaluation technique, taking into account the specific characteristics of the programme design and data needs.

Methodology

Methodology

The course is learner-centered and highly participatory. It will balance interactive technical and conceptual presentations by statistics and evaluation specialists from the ILO, ITCILO and Academia, with real cases studies and group exercises and discussions by participants. Lab sessions using STATA software will be carried out to apply the discussed estimation techniques to real data.

How to apply

How to apply

To register, please complete and submit the online registration form at your earliest convenience:

https://oarf2.itcilo.org/STF/A9011259/en

Applicants are 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 (2,250 EUR) or an amount in Euro that may 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 (online application form and official sponsorship letter) will be taken into consideration.

Deadline for application: 12 May 2019.

The ITCILO has a limited number of fellowships for participants from developing countries. The fellowships may cover part of the subsistence and tuition fees but they do not include international travel. If eligible, early candidates will be given priority. 

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Tuition cost: 1615

Subsistence cost: 635

Total cost: 2250

 

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