Impact Evaluation Certification Programme

Impact Evaluation Certification Programme

Impact Evaluation Certification Programme

17 Maggio–9 Luglio 2021
Il corso è disponibile in English
Presentazione del corso

The purpose of an impact evaluation is to assess the relevance and effectiveness of a project, programme, or public policy that aims to bring about a positive change in the well-being or conditions of a target population and to measure improvements based on predefined indicators. 

Impact evaluations measure change using indicators and analyse whether the change can be attributed to the development intervention. This type of impact evaluation is usually undertaken over a defined time frame following an intervention, using a variety of techniques, including approaches based on qualitative or quantitative data -- counterfactual -- that measure/compare the results achieved with what would have happened to beneficiaries if the project/programme intervention had not taken place. 

Prior to being awarded the certification, participants will design and plan an impact evaluation of the intervention of their choice and put into practice what they have learned throughout the programme.

Chi si iscrive a questo corso?

The certification programme is intended for technical specialists responsible for monitoring and evaluating, as well as officials from ministries of planning, the United Nations, and NGOs. The programme has been designed to meet the needs of social partners and other decision-makers involved in the design and evaluation of public policies. Members of the research community involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of development programmes are also invited to participate.

What topics does this course cover?

Identify areas of improvement and brush up on your technical and managerial skills:

  • Evaluations of development cooperation impacts: attribution versus contribution 
  • Quantitative and qualitative approaches to impact evaluations
  • Experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluation design
  • Contribution, correlation, and longitudinal studies to evaluate the impact
  • Data collection and processing methods for impact evaluations
  • Managing and utilizing the impact evaluation
  • Economic analysis (cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses).
What will I learn?
  • A body of knowledge on theories of and approaches used to conduct impact evaluations of public policies, development programmes, and projects
  • Methodologies and approaches to design impact evaluation using both: qualitative and quantitative data based design
  • Criteria to decide which is the most appropriate impact evaluation methodology
  • A process to plan, operationalize, budget, and manage an impact evaluation.
What will I be able to do?

Work with your peers to hone your skills and put them to use right away:

  • Identify and engage relevant stakeholders throughout the impact evaluation process using technical and soft skills
  • Select the most appropriate impact evaluation methodology for the prevailing constraints of data, time and money, and context.
  • Design a customised impact evaluation scheme for the unique context of a development intervention of your choice.
  • Build an operational plan to conduct the impact evaluation
  • Collect, process, and analyse data to evaluate impact using quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • Use impact evaluation results for informing decision-making and economic analyses.
​​​​​​​Why should I join?

This course is delivered through distance learning and deployed on the ITCILO e-campus. It frees you from the classroom and gives you the flexibility to complete the learning modules at your own pace and to carry-through weekly assignment within your schedule.

  • Data analysis and evaluation skills are essential to professionals working in development.
  • Employers that sponsor participants obtain the possibility to create an impact evaluation scheme for one of their development interventions.
  • Successful Participants receive a professional certification attesting their capacity to effectively design and conduct impact evaluation.
  • The programme was developed and is implemented by evaluation experts and practitioners.
  • Participatory activities include self-guided modules, webinars, an online forum, practical assignments, coaching, and tutoring.
  • Participants get permanent access to the e-Campus portal on impact evaluation, training material, and references.
​​​​​​​Detailed themes
  • General concepts and considerations for evaluation
  • Selecting the right approach and methodologies to design an impact evaluation
  • A step-by-step approach to designing an impact evaluation
  • Conceptualization of the impact evaluation scheme: purpose, scope, impact evaluation questions, and methodology
  • Plan and use data collection methods and data management in the context of impact evaluations
  • Analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to assess programme or project intervention causality
  • Organizing the impact evaluation: contracting and managing consultants
  • Reporting, dissemination, and use of impact evaluation conclusions
  • Engaging stakeholders in impact evaluations

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