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As part of execution of its mandate for capacity development of intellectual resources in Tanzania, during the last quarter of 2020, the ESRF conducted a series of three (3) short term training courses on development impact evaluation. The objective of the courses is to impact research skills and techniques for undertaking impact evaluations and assessments of effectiveness of development programs. The focus and content of the training workshops is indicated below:-

  • Introduction to core methods of Impact Evaluation, 23rd to 27th September, 2020

The training course aimed at building the capacity of policy researchers, academicians and program managers on introduction to core methods of impact evaluation including causal inference, core methods of impact evaluation, randomized assignment, randomized promotion, regression discontinuity and differences – in – differences

  • Introduction to fieldwork design for impact evaluation, 25th – 29th November, 2020

The training workshop aimed at building the capacity of same cohort of participants of impact evaluation for year 2020 in the areas of questionnaire design, fieldwork organization, quality assurance, transparency, power calculations, machine learning and big data in impact evaluation research.  

  • Introduction to data analysis using STATA, 25th – 29th November, 2020

The short courses covered the following materials: –   Introduction to STATA software, overview of basic STATA commands, writing a do-file, more complex commands, regression mechanics using STATA, and LATEX interaction with STATA.

The beneficiaries of the training workshops came from Universities, the Government of Tanzania and research institutions in the country. These workshops were implemented under the auspices of Impact Evaluation Laboratory – a capacity development initiative which is hosted and implemented by the ESRF since April 2019. The Impact Evaluation Laboratory aims at building the capacity of researchers and policy analysts in Tanzania in testing and improving the effectiveness of programs aimed at reducing poverty. The lab also aims at building a community of practice on impact evaluation in Tanzania. A total of 30 participants benefitted from the training courses.