Quantitative techniques of impact evaluation: youth and women employment programmes. A step-by-step approach

The course will expose participants to advanced skills for conducting impact evaluations of youth employment programmes. Upon completion, participants will have improved or updated their understanding of quantitative impact evaluation concepts and methods; will have reviewed and tested impact evaluation methods and techniques, such as randomized control trials; and will be in a position to identify the most pertinent types of impact evaluation, taking into account specific project constraints, institutional and national contexts, and budgetary, time and data constraints.

Description

The course objective is to expose participants to advanced skills for conducting impact evaluations of youth employment programmes. Upon completion, it is expected that participants will have improved or updated their understanding of quantitative impact evaluation concepts and methods; will have reviewed and tested impact evaluation methods and techniques, such as randomized control trials; and will be in a position to identify the most pertinent types of impact evaluation, taking into account specific project constraints, institutional and national contexts, and budgetary, time and data constraints.

The flyer for the course can be downloaded here

Target audience

Policy-makers, researchers and practitioners are invited to apply for this course. The course is intended for participants involved in impact evaluation of youth employment projects and already having some expertise in impact evaluation.

Structure and contents

This training will combine sessions for discussion on fundamental concepts related to youth and women employment interventions, sessions focused on properties of different techniques for impact evaluation and exercises with a statistical software for applying the techniques to real data.

The programme will be organized around the following contents:

Employment indicators relevant for young people and women and typical employment promotion interventions for youth: Concepts as decent work, employability skills, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment (for example the women’s empowerment in agriculture index) will be explored and their measurement will be discussed. The most typical designs of employment promotion interventions will be reviewed together with the evidence of the identified results.

Introduction to statistical packages: Using a user-friendly statistical software, a series of basic exercises will be undertaken to analyse trends in employment indicators and other outcomes commonly associated with employment promotion interventions, such unemployment duration, wages, job mobility, among others.

Quantitative methods for estimating impact: Key concepts, alternative methods, associated common threats and pitfalls will be thoroughly discussed and the different estimation techniques will be applied to data through exercises.
  • Concepts of causality and counterfactual; the challenges of counterfactual estimation
  • Randomized control trials: The benefits and methods of randomization
  • Quasi-experimental methods: Differences-in-differences, regression discontinuity, and matching methods
  • Combining methods: The benefits of combining methods in one assessment to override the limitation of each method alone.
  • The implementation of an impact evaluation: preparing an evaluation plan, choosing the sample, collecting and analyzing data, disseminating the findings.
Gender issues and the needs of the most vulnerable youth will be carefully mainstreamed.

Cost of participation

The cost of participation in this one-week course is 2,180 Euro, which includes: tuition fees (Euro1,580) and subsistence costs (Euro 600).

The ITCILO disposes of a limited number of fellowships which may cover part of the subsistence and tuition fees. Please note that these fellowships do not include the international travel. If eligible, early candidates will be given priority. Priority will be given for applications from the Middle East or North Africa region.

For information on payment, cancellations and refund, and general information about visas please consult:

http://www.itcilo.org/en/training-offer/how-to-apply

How to apply

To register, kindly fill in and submit the online registration form at your earliest convenience: http://intranetp.itcilo.org/STF/A9010447/en

Applicants are kindly asked to attach to their form or send by email an official sponsorship letter issued by their Institution (or a donor organization), stating that it will cover:
  • the cost of the course (2,180 EUR) or an amount in Euro which can be considered by the Institution or donor, if applying for a partial fellowship;
  • the international travel between the country of origin and the Turin Centre.
  • Please note that only applications accompanied by these documents (on line application form and official sponsorship letter) will be taken into consideration.

Deadline for application: 8 September 2017.