Fostering capacities in Impact Evaluation in Latin America
While the region has seen an increase in the number of impact evaluations aiming at measuring the causal impact of programs or policies, the technical capacities to conduct such studies in the region are still limited, and specially so in poorer countries. We will develop a series of training activities aimed at filling part of this gap, by providing short intensive training courses, supporting dissertations in specific methodologies and conducting professional development activities.
With the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC-Canada), CEDLAS aims to develop a capacity building initiative based on three different but closely related activities. The aim is to provide training activities in impact evaluation in the region on a regular basis.
The first actions is related to conduct ande promote a series of training courses on impact evaluation aimed at graduate students, junior university faculty, research assistants and junior researchers at think tanks, and mid-level technical government staff in Latin America.
The second action is to offer a set of scholarships ffor different levels and types of relevant research: i) Thesis development: PhD or Master level students using impact evaluation techniques can apply to obtain financial support for their research. ii) Technical staff in government agencies: these scholarships go beyond basic training and provide and involves internships for professional and technical staff working in government impact evaluation who may benefit from help from our researchers.
Third, CEDLAS will engage in activities to foster professional education. The Impact Evaluation Network will provide specific workshops with advanced material for researchers and academics interested in using impact evaluation in the region. The Impact Evaluation Network (IEN) at LACEA is an initiative that aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding the impact evaluation of different policies among scholars and policy makers in Latin America. Finally, we will develop a series of informal brown bag lunches held at Universidad Nacional de La Plata that are open to interested researchers both at La Plata and in other universities. At these lunches, new technical material will be informally discussed.
Brown Bag Lunches
August 8th, 2014. "Cluster-Robust Inference" Discussion seminar about the paper: Cameron and Miller. A Practitioner's Guide to Cluster Robust Inference. Journal of Human Resources (forthcoming). Walter Sosa Escudero (UDESA, UNLP, CONICET) led the discussion.
December 5th, 2014. "New Development in Non-experimental Techniques for Impact Evaluation" discussed by Guillermo Cruces
March 19th, 2015: "Gestión de la evaluación experimental del Programa Juventud y Empleo. Lecciones aprendidas" Brígida García (Ministerio de Trabajo - República Dominicana)
May 15th, 2015: “Big data, mining and learning: perspectives for social data analysis” by Walter Sosa Escudero. Reading Material: Hal, Varian. Big Data, new tricks for econometrics, and, Wired. The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete
November 9th, 2015: "Medium Term Educational Consequences of Alternative Conditional Cash Transfer Designs: Experimental Evidence from Colombia" Felipe Barrera-Osorio (Graduate School of Education - Harvard University)
October 20-24, 2014. Training on Impact Evaluation of Public Policies - Intermediate Level. La Plata, Argentina
October 19-23, 2015. Training on Impact Evaluation of Public Policies - Intermediate Level. La Plata, Argentina
November 24-26, 2015. Topics on Labor Markets and Impact Evaluation. Marco Manacorda (Queen Mary University of London). La Plata, Argentina
March 10, 2016 Francisco Gallego (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) "Constructing a Research Agenda using RCTs: Information and Educational Decisions"
Grants for graduate thesis