Fundamentals of Rigorous Impact Evaluation: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask


The participants will:


Master the difference between impact evaluation and other types of evaluation.

Understand the difference between experimental and quasi-experimental methods, and why they matter.

Identify the need and the usefulness of rigorous quantitative impact evaluation.

Identify main requirements to perform and/or commission an impact evaluation.


Does your program work? How can you be sure? This workshop is a user-friendly introduction to rigorous quantitative impact evaluation methods (experimental & quasi-experimental), their scope and limitations. It provides a guided tour of complex methodologies for those who do not have – nor want to acquire – advanced training in statistics, but need to grasp fundamentals of impact evaluation methodology.


Are experimental methods the gold standard of evaluation? Are other methods valid and useful to answer questions about impact? What does that mean and why should we care? If you are interested in impact evaluation, but too afraid (of math and statistical formulae) to ask, this is the workshop for you.

  • Methodenkompetenzen / Methodische Kenntnisse
  • Praxis der Evaluation
Durchführende Person/en bzw. Institution/en (inkl. kurzer Vorstellung)

Claudia Maldonado is a professor at the Department of Politics and Culture at the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico-city (MPA from Princeton; PhD from University of Notre Dame). She serves as Academic Council member for the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) in Mexico. She specializes in evaluation and social policy and promotes critical engagement in methodological debates in the field. Founding Director of the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Latin America, she has trained public officials and evaluators in impact evaluation throughout Latin America and participates in the Diploma in Public Policy and Evaluation and PRIME at CLEAR.

Umfang (Dauer)

1 week -interactive online workshop


Comissioners, Evaluators, Policy Makers, Practitioners; The workshop is intended to provide essential knowledge to professionals who are at the start of or in the early phases of their career in evaluation and to more experienced professionals who need a

Sonstige Angaben

Registration: 6.4.-14.5.; max. 30 seats


The workshop is mid-level. Participants should have some familiarity with the evaluation field (i.e. types of evaluation, principles of evaluation, uses of evaluation), but no advanced training in statistics or statistical software is required.