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EducationUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsWinter SchoolsImpact Evaluation

Impact Evaluation

The objective of the course is to train participants about the theory and practice of impact analyses in developing countries.

Dates & location POSTPONED, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Academic coordinators Prof. Dr. Robert Lensink, Faculty of Economics & Business
Adriana Garcia, MA, Faculty of Economics and Business
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Until recently, empirical testing of the impact of developmental interventions was extremely weak, and controversial. Most research on the impact of intervention in the broadest sense suffered from severe methodological problems: almost none of the available empirical studies appropriately addressed problems related to self-selection bias and/or program placement bias.

Fortunately, in the last few years, we have seen several new empirical analyses using rigorous methodologies. These new analyses are often based on so-called randomized controlled trials. In a randomized controlled trial the impact of an intervention is studied by randomly assigning different households to treatment and control groups.

In this short course, we will discuss the major aspects of experimental design in the context of developmental interventions in developing countries. The aim is to provide a better understanding of the theory and practice of field experiments in developing countries. For example, participants will e.g. learn how to design randomized experiments. However, also attention will be given to more standard impact evaluation techniques (e.g. propensity score matching; dif-in-dif).

STATA: during the afternoon sessions of the course we will use STATA to conduct practical examples.

Background Literature

Glennerster and Takavarasha (2013), Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide, Princeton University Press.


Robert Lensink (University of Groningen) and Adriana Garcia (University of Groningen)

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This training will be conducted at ENSEA Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Last modified:05 April 2019 2.19 p.m.