J-PAL Executive Education: Evaluating Social Programs, June 11-15, 2018 | MIT J-WEL

J-PAL Executive Education: Evaluating Social Programs, June 11-15, 2018

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MIT, Cambridge, MA  |  J-PAL Course

This five-day in-person training gives participants a thorough understanding of why and when researchers and policymakers might choose to conduct randomized evaluations and how randomized evaluations are designed in real-world settings. The course covers basic concepts related to measuring impact through randomized evaluations and discusses technical design choices as well as pragmatic considerations when conducting a randomized study. It reviews the benefits and methods of randomization, how to choose an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of an experiment. It also covers the importance of a needs assessment and a theory of change, and how to measure outcomes effectively—tools that are critical for all program evaluations. Learn more.