Impact Evaluation

Are you too busy to be a full-time student for four weeks while looking, at the same time, to increase your understanding of the state of art in Experimental Design? If yes, we have the solution. Enrol in our online course Impact Evaluation and you will have a quick, yet a rigorous access to the core readings in the field of Research Methods.

In this course you will learn how to conduct a rigorous impact evaluation of a development policy, programme or intervention. The course aims to enable participants to understand how to quantify the causal effect of interventions by carefully understanding attribution.  The course takes you through several steps of conceptualising an evaluation, understanding the pathways of change, understanding the different methodologies for conducting impact evaluation and choosing the most appropriate methodology given the set of circumstances.  You will be introduced to the quantitative techniques of impact evaluation and learn about their weaknesses and strengths and appropriateness to real life evaluation scenarios. The course uses econometrics to teach experimental design.

Prerequisites: A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). Candidates with any educational background are welcome to enrol.

ECTS (credits obtained): Participants may receive 1,5 ECTS upon the successful completion of the assignments and an exam.

Costs: Participants may opt for one of the three choices of cost-enrolment.

  • 250 euro: Basic course enrolment (no assignment with feedback, no course certificate, no ECTS credits)
  • 500 euro: Certified course enrolment (assignment with feedback, course certificate with pass/fail, no ECTS credits)
  • 600 euro: Accredited course enrolment (final assignment, course certificate, oral exam and if successful, 1,5 ECTS credits)

Courses are developed based on open educational resources. Course materials can be obtained by the participant him/herself, or will be shared on the electronic learning environment.

Starting the course: Upon successful enrolment, every participant will start the course on an individual basis, immediately after the acquisition of the course materials.


Please make the transfer to the following account:

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Beneficiary Maastricht University
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The Netherlands
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