Aug 27, 2021 12:00 AM - Mar 01, 2022 12:00 AM EST
Economic development is a process of trial and error, innovation and experimentation, success and failure. Given the urgency of development challenges, it is imperative that we learn quickly from our mistakes and build robustly on our successes. The hope is that by understanding what kinds of innovations and policies “work” to improve the lives of the deprived and vulnerable, and how they work, we might be better placed to accelerate the process of development more generally. But how can policy makers and development practitioners be sure they’re “making a difference?”
To that end, this course will provide an overview of empirical methods and analytical techniques for assessing the impact and effectiveness of development innovations at both the product and policy levels. Students will also be engaged in the process of identifying development challenges and developing candidate solutions that could be tested in the field, using the empirical techniques we study.
This course was created collaboratively by Georgetown University and the World Bank's Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund with support from the Georgetown Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Georgetown University Initiative of Innovation, Development and Evaluation (gui2de), and The Open Learning Campus of the World Bank Group.