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I-f: Impact Evaluation in practice with a special focus on the humanitarian sector, environment and climate change

Workshop
Program
2020
Part of
Session One
July 13 - 15
Level
Specialized
Recommended for
Evaluators

description

Do you want to know if climate change/humanitarian/environment interventions are working? How much are they working? Whom are they making an impact on?
This workshop is useful for students who would like to participate in evaluations of humanitarian and climate change/environment projects that have pathways of results that are not immediate and where various complexities need to be encountered.

At the end of the workshop, students know how to plan an impact evaluation in the environment/humanitarian and climate sector, how to manage one, and how to recognize and differentiate a good impact evaluation from a badly conducted one. They are introduced, in a hands on way, to concepts around impact evaluations, designs, sample size calculations and how to plan for these sorts of evaluations in real world contexts. It has a mix of quizzes and hands on work.

objectives

The participants will learn how to plan evaluations that plan to identify and measure the causal change that may be attributed to a project, an intervention, or a policy with applicability to the environment/climate/humanitarian sector. These types of evaluations are especially useful if participants are keen to understand the effects of ‘innovative’ ideas, ideas that need to be scaled up or have to report to donors on the amount of change caused by an investment. Time allowing, participants will also know the differences between cost effectiveness and cost benefit and there will be some discussion on impact investing and what these require.

recommended for

Individuals who are interested in measuring the change of investments/grants/interventions with a focus on climate/environment/humanitarian sector.

level

On intermediate level, the workshop is targeted to people who want to learn (and together explore) how and when impact evaluations in the climate/environment/humanitarian sector may be designed.

prerequisites

Previous or current experience or interest in evaluating causal change is desirable. Some knowledge of statistics will be required but if participants are able to involve themselves in understanding intuition around these, that is fine too. Interest in behavioral science and impact investing is desirable as well. Some basic knowledge of theory of change and statistics (e.g. what is an average and what is a median? What is a frequency distribution?) is expected.