Impact Evaluation Incubator Course

Impact Evaluation Incubator Course

J-PAL Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC)’s Incubator Course trains participants in how to design, test, and scale programs that work. Based on the “learning-by-doing” methodology, participants receive support from J-PAL affiliates and J-PAL LAC staff to design an experimental impact evaluation of their own program.

J-PAL LAC and MIMP staff sit around a board room table
J-PAL LAC partnered with Peru's Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations on an incubator course in 2016. Photo: J-PAL LAC

The incubator consists of an innovative training strategy with two objectives:

  • Train participants in how to design, implement, and use the results from rigorous impact evaluations
  • Guide participants in the design of an experimental evaluation proposal for their own program

Impact evaluation incubator courses follow the process outliend below:

Cyclical icon with check mark, x mark, and question markProgram Selection
Programs are invited to apply to participate in the incubator. J-PAL LAC and our partners select 6–12 programs based on motivation for and relevance of an impact evaluation.

Icon of person presenting to audienceCapacity Building
The selected programs pass through a series of capacity building activities where participants learn how to design, test, and scale programs that work.

Icon of hands holding gear symbolTechnical Assistance
During the month following the capacity building, J-PAL LAC provides technical assistance to support participants in finalizing a concept note with a rigorous impact evaluation proposal for their program.

Icon of to do list with check markPre-evaluation*
*Subject to academic, financial and institutional feasibility
After the course, high-potential proposals are matched with J-PAL affiliated professors and receive support in finalize the design before implementing the impact evaluation.

Since 2013, J-PAL LAC has implemented seven Impact Evaluation Incubator Courses and helped our partners to incubate 40 impact evaluation proposals. Some of our government partners have included:

  • Consejo Nacional de Evaluación de la Política de Desarrollo Social (CONEVAL), Mexico
  • Ministerio de Producción, Perú
  • Ministerio de Hacienda, Paraguay
  • Dirección de Presupuestos, Ministerio de Hacienda, Chile
  • Sistema Nacional de Evaluación de Gestión de Resultados (SINERGIA), Colombia
  • Ministerio de la Mujer y Poblaciones Vulnerables (MIMP), Perú.