Italy, Pracatinat (TORINO)

The Counterfactual Approach to Impact Evaluation

when 30 August 2015 - 6 September 2015
duration 1 week
fee EUR 1500

The counterfactual impact evaluation (CIE) might take an important role in the evaluations as a tool to measure the impact of policies and programmes co-financed by the next wave of Structural Funds. It is easy to anticipate that one of the major conditions to be fulfilled for the adoption of these methods will be some awareness and basic knowledge of CIE potential as well as limitations among the staff of both the organizations conducting the evaluation and the public authorities requesting an evaluation. This is indeed the purpose of this Summer School.

Course leader

Teaching staff: Alberto Martini (Università del Piemonte Orientale, ASVAPP), Barbara Romano (ASVAPP), Luca Mo Costabella (ASVAPP), Gianluca Argentin (Università Cattolica), Enrico Rettore (Università di Padova), Kai Stryczynski (DG REGIO), Vincenzo Scoppa

Target group

The Summer School is targeted to the following two audiences:
i) to the staff of the public authorities, from the top officials who in some cases make the ultimate decisions about what should be evaluated to the sta ff writing the TOR and then managing the procurement process itself. They all should learn how to formulate sensible impact questions, while remaining aware of the difficulties the evaluators might encounter in providing credible answers.
ii) to the staff operating in the research organizations or consulting firms who compete for evaluation contracts and want to learn how to respond to the CIE-related TOR, including how to motivate the response when the questions are not reasonable according to the deadlines and the data to be collected.

Course aim

After a general introduction on the role of ipact evaluation in Structural Funds, the course will provide a full immersion in the basic of counterfactual methods. Topics covered will be randomized controlled trials, propensity score matching, difference-in-differences, discontinuity designs, interrupted time series, ins trumental variables.

Fee info

EUR 1500: All fees include full room and board at Pracatinat and transportation to and from Pracatinat from airport and railways stations. 22% VAT not included if not exempt.