In conjunction with the conference, GLM|LIC also organised a short course on programme evaluation on December 19-20, 2015. 46 students, 3 instructors and 4 student helpers attended the short course.
The course was designed for postgraduate students, faculty members and researchers in government and non-governmental organisations who wanted to develop their skills in programme evaluation methods using the latest econometric methods.
The course consisted of four half-day sessions that covered the following topics:
- design and analysis of randomised controlled trials in training programmes
- propensity score matching methods
- difference-in-difference estimators
- regression discontinuity designs
The main focus of the course laid on the application of these methods and its significance for the programme evaluations, especially in South Asia. The course was designed by Marco Caliendo (University of Potsdam and IZA) himself; Kate Vyborny (Duke University) and Christopher Parsons (University of Western Australia and IZA) were the instructors of the training programme.