PSA-BARMM employee completes Training on Impact Evaluation of Projects

November 5, 2019News Article Ref No.: NL-ARMM-19-030
Participants of the Training on Impact Evaluation of Projects in PSRTI.

Farhana Jane S. Linso, Statistical Analyst of PSA-BARMM, completed the Training on Statistical Tools for Impact Evaluation of Projects for the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) conducted by the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) last 01 to 05 July 2019 at PSRTI, Quezon City.

Impact Evaluation is a specfic type of evaluation, featuring the identification of an appropriate counterfactual which allows for the assessment of a project’s effect and contribution to its identified outcomes. Through Impact Evaluations, national and local agencies, donors and other practitioners in the development community are able to determine the effectiveness of programs with far-reaching goals such as lowering poverty incidence, increasing employment, or increasing school attendance. The basic concepts and techniques in program Impact Evaluation is introduced in this course through discussion of theory and case study.

This course introduces Impact Evaluation as a key instrument for determining project/program effectiveness, informing policy development and improving program designs. It introduces researchers, program managers and evaluators to the different techniques in Impact Evaluation, including some of the case studies on Impact Evaluation with hands-on experience using Stata for Impact Evaluation. The course covers some commonly used econometric and statistical methods to evaluate the impacts of social and other programs in developing countries.

The training has seven major topics, which include 1) Introduction to Impact Evaluation, 2) Overview of the Quantitative Approaches to Impact Evaluation, 3) Introduction to STATA, 4) Gold Standard in Impact Evaluation: Randomized Control Trials, 5) Sample Size Estimation, 6) Impact Evaluation: Double Difference, and 7) Impact Evaluation: Regression Discontinuity Design. Participants have undergone workshops in each Impact Evaluation methodology. At the last day, final group outputs were presented incorporating all of the concepts learned throughout the course.

Prof. Michalel Dominic C. del Mundo and Prof. Manual F. Albis served as the resource persons, together with Karen Joyce C. Pattaul as the training assistant. All of them are from the University of the Philippines.