Evaluation Methods and Economic Appraisal Part 1

4th May 2011 to 5th May 2011

Dates: 04-05/05/2011

This two day course explains the role that economic analysis can play in policy evaluation. It focuses on a selection of quasi experimental approaches to evaluation of policy. This course can be taken together with Evaluation Methods and Economic Appraisal Part 2 as a 4 day course in order to gain a more comprehensive course on quantitative methods of evaluation.

Tutor: Prof Lorraine Dearden


  • Apply economic principles to an evaluation problem
  • Understand the quasi experimental approaches to evaluation including matching approaches and difference in differences methods
  • Apply the different methods of econometric analysis covered in the course to real data using specified data and software packages (e.g. STATA)
  • Critically analyse research studies and policy evaluations that have used econometric methods.

Conditions of entry

Students need to be familiar with the content of the courses Methods of Data Analysis and Multivariate Analyses

What previous students said about this course:

  • ‘Very useful and applicable to my job.’
  • ‘Tutors were very approachable and happy to answer all questions.’

Venue: Institute of Education

Cost: £525 (or you can pay just £900 for both Parts 1 and 2 of this course)

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is offering training bursaries up to £1,000 to enable staff in the UK social science community engaged in research, teaching research methods or supervising research to update their skills. Contract researchers working in HEIs are also eligible for the bursaries. Please note that the bursary scheme is open for applications throughout the year i.e. there are no deadlines for applications. Find here further information about the bursaries and to apply 

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