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
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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.
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 based...
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 based on the transcripts, not even finishing their sentences (a lot of mumbling and scattered line of thoughts) and providing adequate explanations. Essentially, the course is a recording of an actual face-to-face course but the splicing of the videos leave much to be desired. The discussions with the students are also oftentimes recorded but audio is bad that they are mostly impossible to follow. Many questions for the finger exercises and case studies are also unclear. I was prepared to pursue a verified certificate for this course but while it's not a lot of money, I'm not sure it's worth it.
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
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.