The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) – a policy research think in Tanzania, undertakes, and articulates research aiming at enhancing the understanding of policy options and development management. The mandate of ESRF also includes capacity development of intellectual resources of both producers and users of knowledge. In this regard, one of the research and capacity development programme implemented by the ESRF is Impact Evaluation Laboratory ( The objective of this initiative is to strengthen capacity of national workforce in conducting scientific impact evaluation research. The programme also aims at establishing and sustaining a vibrant community of practice on impact evaluation research in Tanzania. This programme is supported by William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (

Under the auspices of Impact Evaluation Laboratory, the ESRF is pleased to announce a training opportunity on impact evaluation.Through this initiative, the ESRF aims at offering one short term training course to a cohort of 25 participants. The training course shall be delivered through three separate but interrelated modules to the same cohort (group) of participants. The training course is particularly relevant to individuals interested with acquiring skills and techniques for undertaking impact evaluations and assessments of effectiveness of development programs. The main target beneficiaries of the course are researchers, policy/program analysts, academicians, and government officials regardless of their background on impact evaluation methodologies. The course is structured around three modules as follows:

SNTime period (dates)Description of the Module
 Week 1: 26th – 30th September, 2022Introduction to core methods of impact evaluation.   Topics to be covered include anintroduction to impact evaluation and causal inference; core methods of impact evaluation namelyrandomized assignment, randomized promotion, regression discontinuity, and differences-in-differences.
 Week 2: 24th – 28th October, 2022  Introduction to fieldwork design for impact evaluation.   Topics to be covered include questionnaire design, fieldwork organization, quality assurance, transparency, power calculations, machine learning and big data in impact evaluation research.
      3.Week 3: 14th– 18th November, 2022    Introduction to data analysis using STATA software   Topics to be covered include: – Introduction to STATA software, overview of basic STATA commands, writinga do-file, more complex commands, regression mechanics using STATA, and LATEX interaction with STATA.

The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) is hereby pleased to invite interested candidates to apply to the above-mentioned capacity building initiative.This is a funded training opportunity such that all tuition costs shall be met by ESRF. However, all applicants are required to meet their own transport/living expenses while attending the course in Dar es Salaam.

Interested applicants should make their application by filling an online application form available on the following link.

Should there be any inquiries, applicants are advised to liaise with our Administrative Officer, Mr. Yasser Manu through the following telephone +255 788 998599.

The deadline for receiving applications is Friday 2nd September, 2022.