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First public course on "Designing rigorous and inclusive impact evaluations with PIALA"

Dear colleagues,

I am delighted to announce the first public course on:
Designing rigorous and inclusive impact evaluations with PIALA (Participatory Impact Assessment and Learning Approach).

This is a 4-day course that runs from 28 until 31 August 2017 at the Stone Lodge, Asutsuare in Ghana (cf.

The course is for evaluation commissioners, managers and practitioners who want to learn about making thoughtful design decisions to maximize the value of an impact evaluation in terms of:
• evaluating systems change at scale
• assessing causality in the absence of baselines and control groups
• facilitating solid debate with stakeholders about sustainability and inclusiveness of impact
• enabling meaningful participation without compromising on rigour (thus walking the talk of ‘leaving no one behind’)

PIALA is a theory-based and mixed-methods approach that seeks to address these challenges by offering a set of key design principles, standards, elements and options.

You can download the Course Flyer here:

Deadline for application & payment is 1 August. Those who apply before 1 July receive 10% discount. Admittance is on a first come first served basis.

To apply, please visit, download and complete the IDPM application form and make your payment, and email it to: or

For further information, please contact me ( for content-related questions, or my colleague Glowen Kyei-Mensah ( for practical and logistical questions. Or call: +233 (0) 503 362 035 or +233 (0) 302 970 177.

Looking forward to see you in Ghana!


Country: Ghana