International development efforts are rightly orienting in result-based directions. Unless project results are measured and evaluated, we cannot be sure that they are serving the stated policy goals. Without evidence on the results, decision makers cannot be sure if they should allocate additional public funds to the existing programmatic interventions. Some of the abiding questions for development workers and policy makers are:
· How does one make public expenditure efficacious and effective?
· What is the best way to introduce an innovation into a public program?
· What are the direct and indirect effects of the innovation introduced?
· What considerations should be considered to scale up projects?
· How to design sustainable projects that work in a particular environments?
Policy Impact Evaluation seeks answers to such questions. It is a systematic assessment of the processes and outcomes of a public activity carried out with the specific intent of advancing development. It works best if structured as a collaborative process enabling evaluators to work closely with ministry or agency staff. It can be carried out at different stages of implementation. Formative evaluation, for example, can provide findings for immediate and evidence-based decision making for optimal implementation. During implementation, mid-course evaluation may lead to course correction, thus enhancing the value of program results. Evaluation designs are often required at the outset to be able to unambiguously attribute program results to input interventions and lead to evidence-based policy. We use rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods, program evaluation and impact evaluation work with clear designs, systematic data collection and assessment, which are client-focused.
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· Design and conceptualization of theories of change
· Program evaluation design and implementation
· Administrative longitudinal data for program evaluation
· Evidence-based policy program evaluation techniques
· Impact evaluation using experimental, quasi-experimental, and artefactual methods
· Harnessing field experiments to development challenges
· Recent real world case studies to evaluate innovative projects
· Advances to assess projects in education, health, environment, labor, and institutions
Tuition for the two-week course is $5,900. The tuition fee includes all training-related costs, including instruction, course materials, single-occupancy lodging accommodations, local transportation and cultural activities. However, the course tuition does not include airfare to/from Atlanta, health insurance, meals, or other incidental expenses. The estimated cost for meals and incidental expenses for Atlanta is $56 per day.
Participants are typically funded by their government (e.g., Ministry of Finance) or through bilateral or multilateral development agencies. The participant is responsible for securing a commitment for funding before submitting the application. Examples of multilateral development agencies are the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank. Follow this link for additional information regarding funding opportunities.
The hotels are within walking distance of the Georgia State campus and downtown Atlanta. The Andrew Young School makes hotel reservations on behalf of participants and room charges are included in the course tuition fee. Participants are generally assigned single-occupancy rooms with complimentary wireless high speed internet access.
A number of field trips and outings are planned for course participants providing an opportunity to interact with each other and with program instructors outside the classroom, while providing participants with a taste of local history and culture. These extracurricular activities include visits to relevant places of interest around the city of Atlanta. Transportation and entrance tickets are included in the tuition fee. Each participants will be provided with a CityPASS. With a CityPASS you can be admitted, free of charge, to the following attractions:
The Georgia Aquarium -located in downtown Atlanta across from Centennial Olympic Park- is the world’s largest aquarium with 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water, and more than 100,000 animals representing 500 species from around the globe.
Tour the global headquarters of Turner Broadcasting System and visit the eateries and specialty stores. Guided tours are available through the CNN Studios in Atlanta.
See, hear and taste the magical story of Coca-Cola – the world’s most popular soft-drink – at World of Coca-Cola. It’s a truly unique experience that lets you celebrate the history, as well as sample the future of this incredible soft drink legend.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Our purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.
Participants will also have the opportunity to visit Amicalola Falls State Park and hike to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Georgia, Amicalola Falls. The enormous waterfall drops over 730 feet, cascading in multiple tiers of white water from a towering cliff in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest.
What’s more, participants will be taken on shopping excursions to some of Atlanta’s best outlet shopping malls. The Tanger Outlets and Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta are home to many brand name stores that sell at reduced prices.
Note that due to the length of time needed for the U.S. Government to process visas, it is highly recommended that you submit your training program application as soon as possible. Once your training program application is received, Georgia State University will be able to provide supporting documentation for the visa application process.
Cancellations made more than 30 business days before the beginning of the course will be reimbursed in full less the cost of the wire transfer. Cancellations made less than 30 business days before the beginning of the course will be reimbursed 60% of the total fee. This withholding is to cover the cost of the penalty fee paid to the hotel for cancelling the room and the costs incurred for the purchase training supplies.
Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any course up to 30 days before the beginning of the course based on projected participation.