Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm

Course leader: Mike Brewer, Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Essex

Overview

This course will introduce participants to the various empirical methods that can be used to estimate the impact of a specific policy intervention. The intention is not to teach participants how to estimate the impact of a specific policy intervention or programme, but to give an understanding of the suitability of the various methods given the nature of the policy under consideration and the available data.

It is primarily designed for those who design policy experiments or demonstration projects, those who commission or manage projects which undertake evaluations (or impact assessments), or make decisions on the basis of the estimated impact of policies. It will also be of value to others wanting an introductory, algebra-free, overview of impact evaluation.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess whether an actual or proposed design for a programme evaluation is likely to give reliable results given the nature of the policy under consideration and the available data.
  • Understand what factors to consider when the results from a programme evaluation are being used in policy-making.

Detailed statistical knowledge is not a pre-requisite.

The course will include a group session where participants will be apply their knowledge to comment on the suitability of specific evaluation designs.

About the course leader

Mike Brewer is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Professor of Economics at the University of Essex. He is the former Director of an ESRC-funded National Centre for Research Methods Node called “Programme Evaluation for Policy Analysis” based at IFS and cemmap, and is now Director of the Research Centre on Micro-Social 
Change based at the University of Essex.

https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/people/mbrewer