Economic development is a process of trial and error, innovation and experimentation, success and failure. Given the right institutions, some not unfavorable resource endowments, and a bit of luck, incomes can grow, health can improve, and human development can flourish; other times, things don’t turn out so well.
Given the urgency of development challenges, it is imperative that we learn quickly from our mistakes and build robustly on our successes. The hope is that by understanding what kinds of innovations and policies “work” to improve the lives of the deprived and vulnerable, and how they work, we might be better placed to accelerate the process of development more generally. But how can policy makers and international development practitioners be sure they’re “making a difference?”
This course was created collaboratively by Georgetown University and the World Bank's Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund with support from the Georgetown Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Georgetown University Initiative of Innovation, Development and Evaluation (gui2de), and The Open Learning Campus of the World Bank Group.
Start your review of Impact Evaluation Methods with Applications in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
The course is very intensive and thorough and provides an overview of empirical methods and analytical techniques for assessing the impact of development innovations at both the product and policy levels. Its intensive in the sense that it broadened my...
The course is very intensive and thorough and provides an overview of empirical methods and analytical techniques for assessing the impact of development innovations at both the product and policy levels. Its intensive in the sense that it broadened my knowledge and understanding as to how deep and extensive the RCT field is. I was able to achieve all the set learning Goals and found the course useful and interesting. The design of the videos motivated me and even made learning fun. The course content communicates important information about the course subject and I found it very relatable because most of the examples were set in the Kenyan context. Module 5, Regression Analysis is my favorite because I was able to interpret the concept of regression and how it informs RCT results. Overall, I can say the course is awesome and I have learnt a lot of new and cool things.
I am in Tanzania, new to Impact Evaluation techniques. What I rarely appreciated about the course is on the unique presentation . Relevant topic and examples. The Focus on Methods is highly appreciated. Yes the course is very very useful and relevant .