This seminar will focus on theory-based impact evaluation, drawing on the latest advances made in terms of methodology. The most cited methods – process tracing, congruence analysis, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Pawson and Tilley’s realist evaluation and Mayne’s contribution analysis – will all be covered and put into perspective. Several cases will be used to explain these methods. You will also undertake a number of exercises to better understand the methods. An important focus of the course will be to show you how theory-based impact evaluation can match the rigour associated with counterfactual impact evaluation. The seminar is aimed at those with experienced in impact evaluation who wish to further advance their capabilities in this field.
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