Summer School on Impact Evaluation Methodologies 2015

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    The first edition of ARCO’s Summer School on Methodologies for Impact Evaluation was successfully held in Florence on the 17th-18th and 19th June 2015.

    36 participants, doctoral and post doctoral students, consultants and practitioners attended the Summer School and listened to the classes from Prof. Donald B Rubin and Prof. Fabrizia Mealli which are two of the most renowned methodologists.

    The balance between theoretical frontal lectures in the morning and practical sessions using software as STATA or R in the afternoon, allowed participants to better understand the actual implementation of the main cutting edge impact methodologies in several fields, such as evaluation of economic and social policies, development projects, and medical trials.
    Prof. Donald B. Rubin and Prof. Fabrizia Mealli presented the essential concepts for causal inference and analysed cause-effect relations through randomized experiments and observational studies. Several modes of inference have been covered (Fisher’s randomization test, Neyman’s estimation approach and model-based inference) and the design and analysis of observational studies were examined in depth to illustrate how to assure the reliability of this approach. On the last day, the topics concerned how to tackle the noncompliance issue and participants were given examples of causal inference with instrumental variables (IV).
    The school was also a valuable opportunity for networking with other impact evaluation professionals coming from diverse fields especially during the coffee breaks between lessons and the happy hour on the first day .
    The participants rated the Summer School a 4, on a scale of 1 to 5 (where 1 is very bad and 5 excellent).

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