In this section you will find a series of six lessons to help you learn and review the basics for completing an impact evaluation. Each lesson contains a series of videos, presentations, exercises and tests to go over the material.
REASONS FOR CONDUCTING AN IMPACT EVALUATION
El objetivo de esta lección es proveer los elementos para formular preguntas de evaluación. El contenido permitirá entender los usos, alcances y limitaciones de una evaluación.
The goal of this lesson is to give you a sense of the key statistical concepts frequently used in an impact evaluation. The key concepts include interpretation of basic descriptive statistics, comparison of samples, and power calculations.
IMPACT EVALUATION METHODS
This lesson will give you a sense of how the most popular impact evaluation methods work. It begins with an introduction of the concept of causal inference. It also covers the methods of randomization, regression discontinuity, instrumental variables, differences in differences and matching.
INFORMATION AND DATA COLLECTION
The goal of this lesson is to teach you what information to prioritize when you collect, when to collect, and how the data influences the estimate of a program's impacts.
INTERPRETING THE ESTIMATE OF A PROGRAM'S EFFECTS
This lesson provides you with the elements necessary to interpret the results of an evaluation.
WHAT TO DO WHEN THE IMPLEMENTATION AND DESIGN OF AN EVALUATION DIFFER
This lesson provides you with the conceptual tools necessary to calculate effects when the real evaluation differs from what had been planned. It covers how to detect if there are changes in the original sample and changes in the original treatment allocation.