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Some reflections on impact evaluation as practiced in epidemiology and economics

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 17:30 to 18:30
Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St MAL B20
James Hargreaves, Director of the Centre for Evaluation at LSHTM


In this talk James Hargreaves, Director of the Centre for Evaluation at LSHTM, will provide some observations from recent work on the ways in which his own discipline, epidemiology, and the discipline of economics, differently conceptualise, design and interpret impact evaluation studies, particularly RCTs. The talk will draw on several examples, including a recent cross-disciplinary replication study of deworming interventions which appeared to highlight some areas of difference. The talk will go on to note areas of convergence between the disciplines in recent years and the potential for advances in the future."


James is the Director of the Centre for Evaluation at LSHTM. James works in Epidemiology and Evaluation with a focus in social epidemiology and public health evaluation. His primary interest in recent years has been in the socioeconomic epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis and in developing interventions to address these public health issues.

He specialises in quantitative and mixed-method research on how interventions and policies determined outside the public health sector influence infectious diseases and social inequalities in these. His research has used a wide array of methods including cluster randomised trials, systematic reviews, cohort, case-control and cross-sectional studies as well as mixed-methods research incorporating qualitative, policy analysis and participatory techniques. He has led the quantitative and process research aspects of the Intervention with Microfinance for AIDS and Gender Equity IMAGE study in South Africa, one of the earliest cluster randomised trials of a development intervention on health outcomes.

Free and open to all, on first come first serve basis. Limited seats.