Learning How, Why, and When to Use Randomized Evaluations to Rigorously Measure Social Impact

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The Morocco Employment Lab’s executive education course aims to provide participants with an in-depth look at how, why, and when randomized evaluations can be used to rigorously measure the impact of social policies and programs.

The seven-day online training program is for policymakers, governments, international organizations, practitioners from NGOs, private sector companies, and foundations with an appetite to work closely with the Morocco Employment Lab on current or future research projects. 

This training will cover a wide range of basic concepts related to measuring impact through randomized evaluations, and discuss technical design tools as well as pragmatic considerations when conducting a randomized study. 

The course will explore the benefits and methods of randomization, provide insights into how to choose an appropriate sample size, and address common evaluation pitfalls. It will also cover the importance of a needs assessment and a theory of change, and discuss how to measure outcomes effectively—tools that are critical for all program evaluations.

Learning will be facilitated through lectures taught by leading academic researchers, from institutions including Centre de Recherche en Économie et Statistique, Université Catholique de Louvain, Paris School of Economics and J-PAL, with extensive experience implementing randomized evaluations. 

By engaging in small-group discussions conducted by researchers and seasoned J-PAL staff members, participants will gain a practical set of tools to better understand randomized evaluations through working on their own evaluation projects. 

Speakers

Bruno Crépon
Scientific Director of J-PAL MENA , Labor Markets Co-Chair at J-PAL, Professor at Centre de Recherche en Économie et Statistique

William Parienté
Research, Education, and Training Co-Chair at J-PAL, Professor of Economics at Université Catholique de Louvain

Bastien Michel
Post-doctoral Fellow at the Paris School of Economics and J-PAL Europe

Simon Briole
Post-doctoral Fellow at the Paris School of Economics and J-PAL Europe

Florencia Devoto
Director of Morocco Employment Lab at J-PAL Middle East and North Africa

Ilf Bencheikh
Deputy Executive Director at J-PAL Europe

Louise Paul-Delvaux
PhD Student at Harvard University