Summer School: “Innovations for Development”
- J-PAL Europe
- Agence française de Développement
With the participation of the Fonds d'Innovation pour le Développement
With the contribution of BREAD - Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis
J-PAL Europe and the Agence française de Développement are organizing an online summer school from July 5 to 13 under the theme “Innovations for development”. The summer school will bring together an audience of academic researchers and development practitioners from low and middle income countries.
It will introduce promising innovative approaches to development and explain how the results of impact assessments can inform public decision-making. It will also introduce the Fonds d’Innovation pour le Développement recently created by France in order to identify, test and scale innovative solutions for development.
Keynote lectures illustrating the intersection between innovation, experimentation and development will be given by renowned academics and J-PAL affiliates, such as:
- Esther Duflo, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics
- Leonard Wantchekon, professor at Princeton University
- Pascaline Dupas, professor at Stanford University
- Bruno Crépon, professor at ENSAE and Ecole Polytechnique
- Luc Behaghel, professor at the Paris School of Economics
Academic researchers will be able to attend three high-level methodological sessions on randomised evaluations, as well as a career development information session presenting relevant professional development opportunities available to them.
Selected participants will be able to present their own research work and receive feedback from experienced researchers:
- Marc Gurgand, professor at the Paris School of Economics
- Elise Huillery, professor of economics at Paris-Dauphine University
- Clément Imbert, professor at the University of Warwick
Policy-makers and development practitioners will benefit from five sessions explaining the fundamental concepts and practicalities of impact evaluations of social programs. These sessions, run by J-PAL Europe senior members of J-PAL Europe’s policy, training and research staff, will aim to improve their capacity to commission and engage with the results of impact evaluations.
Finally, case studies will explore the institutional and financial mechanisms that allowed the design and implementation of specific impact evaluations. Smaller group sessions bringing together all participant groups will be organized along participants’ areas of work.
During the seven days of the summer school, participants will spend roughly three hours a day between keynote lectures, methodological training sessions and case studies.
The objectives of the summer school will be:
- to familiarize participants with impact evaluation methods;
- improve the capacity of participants to design and implement rigorous evaluations;
- to establish the role of impact evaluations in the design of evidence-based public policies.
Contact: Please contact Abdoulaye Ndiaye at [email protected] for any questions regarding registration or other details about the summer school.
|2:00pm - 3:30pm: plenary sessions||Academics: 4:00pm - 5:30pm||Practitioners and policy-makers: 4:00pm. - 5:30pm|
|Monday July 5||Esther Duflo
Power calculations and inference (advanced methodological session)
Introduction to impact evaluation
|Tuesday July 6||Leonard Wantchekon
Intrinsic Effects of Institutions: Theory and applications to field experiments on governance
Managing threats to validity (advanced methodological session
Randomised evaluations and their design
|Wednesday July 7||Pascaline Dupas
Ensuring universal access to basic health
Advanced evaluation designs (advanced methodological session)
Theory of change and measurement
|Thursday July 8||Bruno Crépon
Improving the efficiency of labour markets
|Presentation of academic papers by participants||Suzanne Bellue
Threats and analysis
|Friday July 9||Luc Behaghel
Transforming agriculture in Subsaharan Africa
|Presentation of academic papers by participants||Ilf Bencheikh and Abdoulaye Ndiaye
Ethics, costs and partnerships
|Monday July 12||Kenneth Houngbedji and Claire Zanuso
Impact evaluation practices at the AFD in the areas of water access and deforestation
|Thematic evaluation design workshop|
|Tuesday July 13||Panel discussion on the institutionalisation of evidence-based policymaking||Juliette Seban Introducing the Fonds d’Innovation pour le Développement|