J-PAL’s Evaluating Social Programs course is open until May 27, 2021. This social impact course is designed for people from a variety of entities including international development organizations, foundations, governments, and non-governmental organizations. Workforce system program managers, researchers, and others may build organizational evaluation capacity and learn to use randomized evaluations to measure program impacts by enrolling in this free and self-placed course.
This course will provide a thorough understanding of social impact evaluations, with pragmatic step-by-step training for utilizing randomization, developing and managing measures, guarding the interpreting and analyzing results. Through lectures from MIT faculty and J‑PAL affiliated professors, along with case studies of real randomized evaluations, participants will cover topics ranging from how to effectively measure outcomes and choose an appropriate sample size, to common threats to the validity of a study. While the course centers on the why, how, and when of randomized evaluations, it will also impart insights on the importance of needs assessments, effectively measuring outcomes, quality control, and the monitoring methods most useful for impact evaluations.
You will learn:
- Why and when rigorous social impact evaluation is needed;
- Common pitfalls of evaluation designs and why randomization helps;
- Key components of a well-designed randomized evaluation;
- Alternative techniques for incorporating randomization into project design;
- How to measure outcomes, manage data and determine the appropriate sample size;
- How to guard against threats that may undermine the integrity of results; and
- Techniques for analyzing and interpreting results.