Advanced Course On Impact Evaluation and Casual Inference

All 5 days only R15,000.00 (Excl. VAT) per delegate

Mon 13th – Fri 17th Aug (5 days) | Johannesburg, South Africa

About this course

The science of impact evaluation is a rigorous field that requires thorough knowledge of the area of work, simple to complex study designs, as well as knowledge of advanced statistical methods for causal inference. Many programme funders and managers want to know whether their programmes have produced measurable impact. They want to be able to measure that impact and express it in numbers. The key focus of impact evaluation is attribution and causality – that the programme is indeed responsible for the observed changes reported. To achieve this, a major challenge is the possibility of selecting an “untouched” comparison group and using the appropriate statistical methods for inference.

Course Content

This is an advance course and participants are expected to have some experience of with working with programmes and/or data analysis. The course will cover the following:

  • Introduction to impact evaluation
  • The need for and culture of impact evaluation
  • Programme indicators
  • Introduction to programmes and logic models
  • What really is impact – efficiency versus effectiveness
  • Counterfactuals – looking for a suitable control
  • Experimental and quasi-experimental study designs
  • Research ethics in IE and design implications
  • Causality
  • Attribution and research validity in impact evaluation
  • Potential biases in impact evaluation
  • Design and statistical methods for controlling for confounders
  • Statistical techniques for causal inference

Lead Facilitator: Braimoh Bello. The Lead Facilitator is epidemiologist, biostatistician and international health consultant who is contracted to evaluate a number of programmes across the world. For example:

  • DFID – Quantitative Researcher in an international team contracted by the DFID to evaluate a reproductive health educational programme for 10,000 girls in Zambia.
  • DFID – Research Quality Expert in an international team contracted by the DFID to evaluate Pakistan’s Chief Minister’s Health Initiative for Attainment and Realization of MDGs (CHARM)
  • World Bank – Technical Leader of an international team for the impact evaluation of the Kenya Cash Transfer Programme for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
  • WHO – Monitoring and Evaluation Expert in WHO TB REACH Programme in two African countries.
  • South Africa – Epidemiologist in an international team that conducted the National Communications Survey to evaluate the impact of HIV communication programmes in South Africa.
Who Should attend
  • Epidemiologists
  • Biostatisticians
  • Programme managers
  • Programme funders
  • Mid-level to senior researchers
  • Postgraduate students
  • Consultants
  • Programme technical experts

For more details about our services contact:

Rose More
Tel: +27 11 403 1411 / +27 72 509 1861

Price Includes
  • Course attendance
  • Full refreshments: lunch
  • Welcome tea
  • Two breaks for tea including pastries
  • Course lecture notes and training manual
  • Complimentary parking
  • Certificate of attendance