Early this year, the Gates Foundation agreed to support a special PEP-CEDLAS-UNICEF initiative to evaluate the impact of an innovative (CLTS) program implemented to improve sanitation practices in rural Mali. As in all PEP-led initiatives, local researchers are called on to take active part in the research work, and thus offered training to acquire the necessary knowledge and expertise to do so.
A PEP partner research institute in Mali, GREAT (Research Group in Applied Economics), decided to take advantage of the circumstances to extend the “training” opportunity to other local researchers and analysts. GIZ Mali and IDRC’s Think Tank Initiative (TTI) agreed to complement Gates’ funding to finance the additional participants.
PEP lead researcher Maria Laura Alzua and PIERI program director Habiba Djebbari, co-leaders of the “PEP-CELDAS-UNICEF initiative”, will be dispensing the teaching for this special intensive training workshop, to be held in Bamako, Mali, October 15-18 2011. To begin, participating analysts will be demonstrated the rationality behind the use (and different approaches) of rigorous policy impact evaluations, from public finances to behavioural economics. Then, they will be introduced to all methodological and technical aspects of conducting such impact evaluations, from project design to analysis, both in theory and application - illustrated by the actual case study of the ongoing evaluation of the “CLTS (sanitation) program”.
Fing more information on the content of PEP courses in impact evaluations, here.
Find more information on the PEP-CEDLAS-UNICEF initiative to evaluate the impact of a CLTS program in rural Mali, here.