Training material - experimental research (PIERI program)


I – Readings


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Impact evaluation

Mechanism experiments

Preregistration, pre-analysis and transparency

Multiple lotteries

Multiple hypothesis testing


Hawthorne effect, John Henry effect, etc.

Research ethics

External validity, lessons from evaluation, scaling up

Data quality and attrition

Survey design and analysis

Standard errors estimation, clustering, weighting

Other methodological papers

Other general resources

Note: PEP also provides lists of recommended readings on various themes under “recommended readings”.

    II – Training Resources

    Impact evaluation using Stata

    Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy “Social Programs That Work”

    International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) 

    J-Pal Poverty Action Lab

    The Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) Initiative

    III – Institutional resources 

    This is a list of links to institutional sites rather than to technical training resources, these may include evidence bases or other general information on experimental research techniques.

    Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy “Social Programs That Work”

    Impact Evaluation Network (IEN)

    Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) 

    Inter American Development Bank Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE)

    International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

    J-Pal Poverty Action Lab

    The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Registry of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)

    Millennium Challenge Corporation

    Center for Effective Global Action: CEGA

    Global Innovation Fund

    Africa Evidence Network

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