Call for Applications:

IZA/DFID Short Course on Program Evaluation

Organizers: David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA), Ahmed Elsayed (IZA)
Location:Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date:December 08 - December 09, 2018

Submission Deadline:September 15, 2018
Notification of Acceptance:October 15, 2018

Event Manager:

Dominik Spitza


The IZA/DFID Program on Growth and Labor Markets in Low-Income Countries is sponsoring a conference on "Labor Markets in Eastern Africa" on December 6-7, 2018.
This will be followed by a two-day "IZA/DFID Short Course on Program Evaluation" on December 8-9. The course is designed for postgraduate students, faculty members, and researchers in government and non-governmental organizations who would like to develop their skills in program evaluation using the latest econometric methods.
The course will consist of four half-day sessions and will cover the following topics: Design and analysis of randomized controlled trials; propensity score matching methods; difference-in-difference estimators; regression discontinuity designs. The focus will be on application of these methods to the evaluation of labor market related programs, including skills training programs.
You can find last year's program here: 2016, 2017.
Participants who are selected will be required to bring a laptop and be in attendance for the full period, including the conference on December 6-7. The target class size is 40 participants. The course is intended for participants from low-income countries (for a list of countries, see here). In particular, priority will be given to participants based in institutions in East African countries who are involved in the design, implementation, or analysis of training programs, or plan to be involved in the future.
The course and the conference will be conducted in English.


Participants from abroad who are selected for the course will be provided with accommodation including breakfast from December 5-10 (5 nights) and food according to the program of the conference and short course. All economy class travel expenses will be reimbursed according to the IZA reimbursement guidelines.
Kindly note that tax regulations prohibit IZA from fully reimbursing the travel expenses of participants who combine their trip with other destinations or extend their stay beyond the six-day window surrounding the event.


Applications should be uploaded via the online application form by September 15, 2018. The Program Committee will aim to communicate its decisions to the authors by October 15, 2018.