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Training on Impact Evaluation for Evidence-Based Development (August 27, 2018 - August 31, 2018)

About the course

Development programs and policies are typically designed to create change to the target beneficiaries. Whether or not these changes are actually achieved is a crucial public policy question but one that is not often examined. Impact evaluation assesses the changes that can be attributed to a particular intervention, such as a project, program or policy, both the intended ones, as well as ideally the unintended ones.

This course is designed to equip the participants with adequate skills to conduct rigorous impact evaluations for their interventions. The course covers all aspects of planning, designing and implementing an impact evaluation. By the end of the course the participants will be experts who can carry out impact assessment assignments for their organizations or as consultants.

Target Participants

This course is targeted at researchers, project staff, managers, development practitioners, policy makers in government, NGOs and development organizations who want to determine the impact of their interventions.

Course duration

5 Days

What you will learn

By the end of this course the participants will be able to:

Learn about theories and practices of impact evaluation
Learn about evaluation problem: Attribution, selection and placement biases
Understand IE designs: randomized, quasi and non-experimental
Conduct a rigorous impact evaluation of a project
Conduct sampling and power calculation
Learn and practice econometric techniques for impact evaluation
Carry out impact data analysis using Propensity Matching and Difference-in -Difference
Report and disseminate impact evaluation findings
Course Outline

Overview of M&E Fundamentals for Impact Evaluation

Results Framework
M&E Project Indicators
Logical Framework
Performance Evaluation
Introduction to Impact Evaluation

Defining impact evaluation
Deciding whether to evaluate
Attribution in impact evaluation
Contribution vs attribution
Determining points of Impact Evaluation

Types of evaluation questions
Theories of Change
The results chain
Evaluation hypothesis
Impact evaluation indicators
Counterfactuals in Impact Evaluation

Causal reference
Comparison groups and counterfactuals
Estimating counterfactual in impact evaluation
Impact Evaluation when a Comparison and Baseline Data are not available
Impact Evaluation Research Designs

Experimental Design
Randomized Control Trials
Quasi experimental designs
Regression Discontinuity
Non-experimental designs
Sampling in Impact Evaluation

Sampling techniques in Impact Evaluation
Sample size calculation,
Sampling weight
Statistical power
Constructing valid comparison groups
Quantitative Data Analysis for Impact Evaluation

Randomized Impact Evaluation

Setting the counterfactual
Statistical Design of Randomization
Impacts of Program Placement
Impacts of Program Participation
Capturing Both Program Placement and Participation
Measuring Spillover Effects
Propensity Score Matching Technique (PSM)

Introduction to PSM
Application of PSM in Impact Evaluation
Constructing propensity scores
Matching Analysis (Nearest-Neighbour, Stratification, Radius, Kernel )
Common support
Doubly Robust Estimation
Difference in Difference Method

What is DID?
Application of DID in Impact Evaluation
Estimating DID estimator: Single DID, DID with covariates, Quantile DID
DID for Cross-Sectional Data
Balancing Tests
Diff-in-Diff with Propensity Score Matching
Qualitative Approaches in Impact Evaluation

Most Significant Change
Outcome Mapping
Outcome Harvesting
Appreciative Inquiry
Producing and Disseminating Impact Evaluation findings

Impact Evaluation Plan
Impact Evaluation Reports: Baseline report, Impact Evaluation Reports
Case studies
Training Approach

This course is delivered by our seasoned trainers who have vast experience as expert professionals in the respective fields of practice. The course is taught through a mix of practical activities, theory, group works and case studies.

Training manuals and additional reference materials are provided to the participants.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued with a certificate.

Tailor-Made Course

We can also do this as tailor-made course to meet organization-wide needs. Contact us to find out more:
+254 714349537

Training venue

The training will be conducted at Devimpact Institute Training Centre, Nairobi Kenya.


The training fee covers tuition fees, learning materials, and training venue. Accommodation and airport transfer are arranged for our participants upon request.


Country: Kenya