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Impact Evaluation: Counterfactual & Theory Based Approaches, Barcelona (ES), 30.11. - 01.12.2017

The European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) Barcelona is organizing a two-day seminar on “Capacity Building in Impact Evaluation: Counterfactual and Theory Based Approaches” on 30th November and 1st December 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

This training course aims to enhance participants’ understanding of how to commission, manage and monitor evaluations. It will increase your ability to design, manage and monitor the evaluations – funded with or without EU funds – conducted by your organization.

In particular, the seminar should help participants understand the two most prominent approaches to evaluation today: counter-factual (also known as experimental or quasi-experimental) approaches, and theory-based approaches. The seminar will demonstrate in practical terms what counter-factual approaches can and cannot do and the conditions in which they can be used. It will also show how theory-based approaches can provide a good alternative when such conditions are not met and discuss ways in which the two approaches can be combined.

In recent years, both contracting authorities and practitioners have been learning and growing together. The EU Member States have launched and implemented evaluation capacity-building projects and today we can say that most of them have a well-developed evaluation culture. However, many challenges remain: we must still build capacity at all levels, ensure
better dissemination of evaluation results and generate buy-in for the benefits of evaluation and integrate evaluation better into the policy and programming cycle so that it is actually used. The seminar aims to help build capacity by offering an overview of policy, programme and project evaluation. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of two families of evaluation approaches and, through the use of practical examples, improve their skills in the design and monitoring of evaluations. As part of this, participants will receive coaching and advice from our experts on their own evaluation projects and challenges.

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Organisation European Institute of Public Administration

Country: Spain