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LIDC Short Course: Evaluation for Development Programmes

The LIDC Short Course: Evaluation for Development Programmes is jointly delivered by:







The next course will take place in November 2018. Details on how to register will be announced in Spring 2018.

What will you learn?

This intensive short course will provide participants with a comprehensive background in evaluation methods for development programmes. By the end of the course participants will understand fundamental concepts of evaluation studies for development and develop their own evaluation protocol to apply their learning to a contemporary development problem. Read this blog post by a former participant on his experience of the course.

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is evaluation? Why evaluate? What questions do you want to answer?
  • Different questions and research strategies and specific methods for evaluating impact
  • Theory of Change and the counterfactual
  • Introduction to systematic reviews
  • Experimental design methods (incl. randomised control trials)
  • Quasi-experimental designs (incl. an introduction to data analysis)
  • Process evaluation, Qualitative and Mixed Methods for Impact Evaluation
  • Implementation of good impact evaluations
  • The politics of fieldwork
  • Knowledge synthesis and translation: studying the impact of IEs, SRs and other evidence in policy making and other decision making
  • Economic appraisals (cost-benefit)
  • Ethics and evaluation

What is the course format and who are the teaching staff?

The short course will consist of five days of instruction based in London and taught in English. Throughout the course, participants will be actively involved in discussions and will develop their own protocol, to be presented on the final day. A welcome dinner is included. The course has been designed and will be led by impact evaluation experts from LIDC member organisations: SOAS, UCL Institute of Education (UCL-IOE), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie).

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at those who want an overview of evaluation techniques. This includes development professionals who commission and use evaluation studies, academics who plan to work in multi-disciplinary teams on future evaluation studies of development programmes, and advanced-level students who wish to gain a better understanding of the terminology and fundamentals of evaluation methods. Applicants who are currently pursuing a research project or working on measurement are particularly welcome. Other applicants having a demonstrated research interest in empirical analysis in these topics will be considered on the basis of their experience and space availability.

Past attendees have come from a wide range of academic institutions and development organisations including the Asian Development Bank, Mercy Corps, Ministry of Justice (Jamaica), Action Aid, BBC Media Action, WHO, World Bank and the Ministry of Health (Malawi).

When and where will the course take place?

The next course will take place in 2018. Exact dates TBC.

What are the entry requirements?

Participants will need to have postgraduate-level understanding of social science methodologies and knowledge of statistical methods for one of the day’s sessions. If you are unsure if your level of statistical knowledge is adequate, please check here. If you think you may need to improve your statistical knowledge you may find this course here useful. A further course can be found here.

No prior experience with impact evaluation studies is required, but a good level of spoken and written English will be required (equivalent to IELTS 7 or higher).  Participants will also need to bring their own laptop.

What are the course fees?

The course fee is £1,500 GBP and this includes tuition, learning materials, lunch and coffee breaks during the course and a welcome dinner. Travel and accommodation are not included.

Your place can only be reserved if you pay in full within four weeks of receiving the acceptance email. Your place on the course is not guaranteed until the course fees have been received.

Do you offer any funding?

This year, LIDC is offering two bursaries to current LIDC staff and students members to cover  either all or part of the cost of the short course fees. The two bursary holders will be selected by the short course teaching committee who will take into consideration the balance of bursaries given across the Member Colleges, as well as the statement submitted with the application stating how the course would add value to the candidate's future work. 

3ie: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation is offering two bursaries for applicants from low and middle income countries. The bursaries will cover the short course fees in full, economy airline tickets, and accommodation for the duration of the course. All other costs, including dinner and visa application fees are the responsibility of the applicant or their employer. To be eligible for a 3ie bursary, applicants must be nationals of, and residing in, a low or middle income country, employed by a local agency or organisation (i.e. not multilateral) and be actively engaged in the field of impact evaluations.

Following the award of a bursary, we will require proof of visa application submission before we will proceed with booking flights and accommodation.

Please indicate in your application if you would like to apply for a bursary.

Is the course accredited?

The course is not formally accredited, but each participant will receive a certificate of completion signed by all institutions providing the tuition: LIDC, SOAS, UCL Institute of Education (UCL-IOE), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie).

Other information

It is the responsibility of the participants to verify if they require a visa to enter the UK and to secure a visa if necessary. More information on UK visa requirements can be found on the website of the UK Border Agency.

Participants will be expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. LIDC can advise on hotels within walking distance of the venue.

How do I apply?

The registration form is available here. Once you have registered, you will be contacted about payment. 

Questions? Comments? Please get in touch.

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