Evaluating Social Programs
J-PAL's flagship executive education course on the design and use of impact evaluations is tailored to the needs of policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from NGOs, governments, international development organizations, and foundations from around the world.
This five-day, in-person training is taught primarily by J-PAL affiliated professors and is regularly offered in English and French (Africa, Europe, North America), and semi-regularly in Spanish (Latin America) and Bahasa (Indonesia). The course gives participants a thorough understanding of why and when researchers and policymakers might choose to conduct randomized evaluations and how randomized evaluations are designed in real-world settings.
The course covers basic concepts related to measuring impact through randomized evaluations and discusses technical design choices as well as pragmatic considerations when conducting a randomized study. It reviews the benefits and methods of randomization, how to choose an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of an experiment. It also covers the importance of a needs assessment and a theory of change, and how to measure outcomes effectively: tools that are critical for all program evaluations.
Each course includes six to eight lectures, complemented by case studies, exercises, group discussions, and time to work on developing a research project with a group of peers, all facilitated by J-PAL staff.
To view upcoming dates and apply, see the latest listings:
|Host||2019 course dates||Location|
|J-PAL Southeast Asia||July 20-21||Banda Aceh, Indonesia|
|J-PAL Global and J-PAL North America||June 10-14||Cambridge, USA|
|J-PAL/CLEAR South Asia||July 1-5||New Delhi, India|
|J-PAL Africa||July 29 - August 2||Cape Town, South Africa|
Click to expand the sample course agenda below:
Fees for the course vary depending on where the course is hosted:
J-PAL Global and J-PAL North America (US)
|Organizations headquartered in High-income* countries||Organizations headquartered in Low and lower/upper middle-income* countries|
|For-profit, Foundation, or Intergovernmental organization||$3,500||$3,500|
|Academic or Research Institution||$3,500||$2,500|
|State, county, or municipal government||$2,500||$1,500|
|NGO (operating budget < $10M)||$2,000||$1,500|
|NGO (operating budget > $10M)||$2,500||$1,500|
|Organizations headquartered in High-income countries||Organizations headquartered in Low and lower/upper middle-income countries|
|For-profit/Foundation||EUR 3000||EUR 2000|
|Academic/Research Institution||EUR 3000||EUR 1500|
|Intergovernmental Organization||EUR 3000||EUR 3000|
|Government||EUR 3000||EUR 1500|
|International NGOs||EUR 3000||EUR 3000|
|Local NGOs||EUR 3000||EUR 750|
J-PAL Latin America
J-PAL South Asia/CLEAR
|Organizations headquartered in High-income* countries (service tax extra as applicable)||Organizations headquartered in Low and lower/upper middle-income* countries ((service tax extra as applicable)|
|For-profit/Foundation||INR 120000||INR 60000|
|Academic/Research Institution||INR 120000||INR 45000|
|Multilateral, bilateral, and intergovernmental organizations||INR 120000||INR 120000|
|Government||INR 120000||INR 45000|
|NGO||INR 60000||INR 35000|
|Graduate student||INR 35000||INR 35000|
*Determined on a case-by-case basis
Note: staff at academic institutions may qualify for tuition assistance, see for example tuition benefits at MIT.