J-PAL Africa Executive Education Course, 2016

Workshop or Training
University of Cape Town, South Africa

This five-day program on evaluating social programs will provide a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations and pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one’s own evaluation. It will focus on the benefits and methods of randomization, choosing an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of the experiment. While the program is centered around the why, how and when of randomized evaluations, it will also impart insights on the importance of a needs assessment, measuring outcomes effectively, quality control, and monitoring methods that are useful for all kinds of evaluations.

This course is designed for managers and researchers from NGOs, governments, international development organizations, and foundations from around the world, as well as trained economists looking to retool.

Tuition: Graduate students on a case-by-case basis. Professionals from $650 to $2,000 depending on base country and organization. Group rates are also available. For more information, please contact us. 

Contact: Ashleigh Morrell


1. What is an Evaluation? (Slides) - Jeremy Magruder, University of California, Berkeley

2. Measuring Impact (Slides) - Martin Abel, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

3. Why Randomise? (Slides) - Martin Abel, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

4. How to Randomise (Slides) - Bruno Crépon, ENSAE and École Polytechnique

5. Sampling and Sample Size (Slides) - Jeremy Magruder, University of California, Berkeley

7. Threats and Analysis (Slides) - Bruno Crépon, ENSAE and École Polytechnique

8. Project from Start to Finish (Slides) - Bruno Crépon, ENSAE and École Polytechnique

9. Cost Effectiveness (Slides) - Ashleigh Morrell, J-PAL Africa

10. Locally Grounded and Globally Informed Policy Advice (Slides) - Emily Cupito, J-PAL Africa