J-PAL Evaluating Social Programs Course: Egypt Impact Lab - Cairo

Cairo, Egypt
Egypt Impact Lab Launch
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Invitation Only

This course is hosted by J-PAL MENA at AUC and the Egypt Impact Lab (EIL), an embedded lab in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development. 

This is an invitation-only course, tailored to the needs of professionals who are considering, planning, or currently conducting randomized evaluations under the EIL.

Overview and Objectives

The first annual EIL Evaluating Social Programs will take place 16–18 January 2023 at the American University in Cairo. This three-day, in-person training course equips participants with resources and knowledge to engage with impact evaluations of social programs. The course provides an in-depth look at why and when randomized evaluations can be used to rigorously measure social impact, methods and considerations for their design and implementation, and how findings can inform evidence-based policies and programs. 

For EIL, the course is tailored to the needs of strategic government partners, and the practitioners from NGOs, international organizations, and foundations with whom they work. The course targets current or potential partners exploring designing randomized evaluations for government innovations under EIL’s three thematic areas: social protection and poverty alleviation, employment and micro, small, and medium enterprise development, and family development and female empowerment. 

Participants who attend the course will:

  • Gain a clear understanding of why and when researchers and policymakers might choose to conduct randomized evaluations and how randomized evaluations are designed in real-world settings;
  • Engage with experienced J-PAL affiliated professors and staff on how to generate rigorous evidence to inform decision-making;
  • Participate in small group exercises to work through lecture content and case studies with J-PAL staff members who have expertise in the design and implementation of randomized evaluations;
  • Work through the design of a new randomized evaluation of programs implemented by participants’ organizations.

The EIL is made possible with support from founding partners Sawiris Foundation for Social Development and Community Jameel, with additional support from UNICEF Egypt.

Key Concepts Covered

Participants will be introduced to the following key concepts and topics throughout the course:  

  • Why and when a rigorous evaluation of social impact is needed
  • Key components of a high-quality randomized evaluation design
  • Foundational tools like needs assessments, logical frameworks, and theories of change
  • Techniques for incorporating randomized evaluation into existing project designs
  • How to determine an appropriate sample size and measure outcomes
  • Techniques for data analysis and interpretation of results
  • Strategies to maximize policy impact and assess the generalizability of research designs
  • Frameworks to understand and apply the results of prior randomized evaluations to your program

 Tentative Agenda

Tentative Agenda

Application Form

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only. Invited individuals must complete an application form by 11:59 pm Cairo time on 12 December to be accepted. 

ESP Application Form - English version

ESP Application Form - Arabic version

We will be sending acceptance letters to selected course participants by late December.

Location: Moataz AlAlft Hall, The American University in Cairo, AUC Avenue, Fifth Settlement, New Cairo, Egypt

For directions, please navigate to this location (Enter through AUC Gate 4, Pepsi Gate, then follow directions to Moataz AlAlfi Hall). 

Contact: Heba Elsahn, [email protected] with questions about the course