III-c Impact Evaluation in Practice with a Special Focus on the Humanitarian Sector, environment and Climate Change

Description of workshop content

This course will be useful for those who would like to participate in evaluations of development and climate change/environment projects that have pathways of results that are not immediate. At the end of the course, students will 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 will be 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 will have a mix of quizzes and hands on work.

Workshop 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 also on impact investing and what these require.

Recommended for

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


This advanced-level workshop is targeted to people who want to learn state of the art techniques.


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.


Jyotsna Puri