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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Evaluating Social Programs

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

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At a Glance

  • Learn why randomized evaluations matter and how they can be used to rigorously measure the social impact of development programs

  • Free and self-paced - enroll anytime before May 14, and complete the course at your own pace

  • Upgrade to the Certificate Track ($99) to verify your grade in the course and gain permanent access to course materials

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More About the Course

This course will provide a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations, with pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one’s own evaluation. Through a combination of lectures and case studies from real randomized evaluations, the course will focus on the benefits and methods of randomization, choosing an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of an experiment. While the course centers on the why, how, and when of randomized evaluations, it will also impart insights on the importance of needs assessments, effectively measuring outcomes, quality control, and the monitoring methods most useful for impact evaluations.

This social impact course is designed for people from a variety of backgrounds: managers and researchers from international development organizations, foundations, governments, and non-governmental organizations from around the world, as well as trained economists looking to retool.

Taught by

Marc Shotland and Rachel Glennerster


3.5 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    I'm taking this course on edX right now. Unfortunately, I've found it rather disappointing so far. The lecturers/professors may be experts in the field but hardly effective (online) teachers. Most come across unprepared - flipping through slides and…
  • Anonymous
    Great. Full of details and energetic professors/speakers. A bit more challenging to achieve than the usual MOOCs I've taken in the past -i.e. doesn't look so easy to get a final score high enough to pass.

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