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Summer School on Impact Evaluation

Presented by
Trinity College Dublin, Irish Aid and the Trinity Impact Evaluation Unit (TIME)
September 9, 11, 12 and 13, 2017

The summer school is a unique opportunity for development practitioners, NGO personnel, and policy makers interested in acquiring the skills needed to conduct, evaluate and manage impact focused research. While the course will draw heavily on developing country examples, the content is relevant to many contexts and will be of interest to domestic policy makers and NGOs, and a broad range of PhD students.

The Summer School embraces mixed methods combining the quantitative expertise of TIME with international expertise in qualitative methods. Upon completion, participants will:

1. Understand various techniques of impact evaluation and the criteria used to select the appropriate method;
2. Understand when and how to combine mixed methods;
3. Understand the practical challenges of implementation;
4. Develop skills to design impact evaluations;
5. Acquire tools necessary to be critical of impact evaluation research.

summer school

Instructors: Prof. Laura Camfield (University of East Anglia), Prof. Michael King (TCD and TIME),
Prof. Tara Mitchell (TCD and TIME), Prof. Gaia Narciso (TCD and TIME).

Deadline for Applications August 7th, 2017 - Limited places available

Summer School Structure

The summer school will be run over three days and will be preceded by a one-day statistics boot-camp to help prepare participants with less quantitative backgrounds.

The course will include a mix of lectures and group work. The lectures will cover both experimental (e.g. randomized control trials), and non-experimental (e.g. regression discontinuity designs) quantitative methods as well as qualitative methods and the interaction between the two. Participants will be involved in a group project and group presentations based on the design of a hypothetical or potential impact evaluation related to their area of expertise.

A preliminary outline of the course is as follows:


To apply please send a short CV to As places are limited, we encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible. Please also indicate in your email whether or not you will attend the Statistics Boot-Camp. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and should be submitted no later than August 7th, 2017. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. All applicants will be informed of their acceptance onto the course by email.

Logistics and Fees
The Summer School will take place at Trinity College Dublin.

The fee for the Summer School is €500. In the acceptance email you will receive the details regarding payment methods. Your place will not be guaranteed until payment is received. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for the duration of the summer school.