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Morning lectures location:
Lecture Room 4, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms (at 8 Mill Lane), Old Press Site. Map
Afternoon practicals location:
Titan Room 1, Floor 2, Cockroft Building, New Museums Site. Map



Lecturers

This course will be led by Professor Anna Vignoles and Dr Ben Alcott both from the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Target audience

The target audience for this course will be students, government researchers and other academic researchers who are keen to learn more about impact evaluation and the associated statistical techniques. Participants will get the opportunity to develop some skills in the use of STATA software, but basic knowledge of STATA is assumed. Familiarity with regression analysis would be an advantage for this course. Knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics is required.


What will be covered?

This course aims to provide students with a range of specific technical skills that will enable them to undertake impact evaluation of policy. Too often policy is implemented but not fully evaluated. Without evaluation we cannot then tell what the short or longer term impact of a particular policy has been. On this course, students will learn the skills needed to evaluate particular policies and will have the opportunity to do some hands on data manipulation. A particular feature of this course is that it provides these skills in a real world context of policy evaluation. It also focuses primarily not on experimental evaluation (Random Control Trials) but rather quasi-experimental methodologies that can be used where an experiment is not desirable or feasible.

The specific topics to be covered in this course include:

  • Regression-based techniques
  • Evaluation framework and concepts
  • The limitations of regression based approaches and RCTs
  • Before/After, Difference in Difference (DID) methods
  • Computer exercise on difference in difference methods
  • Instrumental variables techniques
  • Regression discontinuity design.

Learning the skills needed to undertake impact evaluation is important for future career development and those likely to benefit from this course include PhD students, government researchers and other academic researchers who are keen to learn more about impact evaluation and the associated statistical techniques. Participants will also get the opportunity to develop some skills in the use of STATA software. Familiarity with regression analysis would be an advantage for this course. Knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics is required.



FAQs


Are there prerequisites for attending this course?

Yes. Knowledge of the software package STATA is required, as is knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics. Familiarity with regression analysis would be advantageous.


Is any support towards travel or accommodation costs available?

Yes. A limited number of bursaries have been made available by the University of Cambridge’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre to help with travel and accommodation costs for course participants based outside the University of Cambridge. Further details and terms and conditions are available here.


What is the deadline for applying for an accommodation bursary and/or travel bursary?

The deadline for bursary applications is noon on Wednesday 17 May 2017.


When will my bursary be confirmed?

Your bursary will be confirmed in good time for you to make appropriate travel/accommodation arrangements for the course.


Can I update my application information?

Yes. You should be able to do this via your Eventbrite account, but please also email us via ssrmc@hermes.cam.ac.uk to let us know if you have done so.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

You can find more details on how to get to the centre of Cambridge on the Sociology Department's Contact Us pages: http://www.sociology.cam.ac.uk/about/contact-us


Accommodation

Please note that we cannot advise on accommodation, however, external students may find the links, below, useful:


Do you have any resources for disabled students?

This course has been booked in rooms that have disabled access. If you have a disability and have booked a place, we would appreciate it if you could contact us so that we can ensure your are being catered for, correctly.


Can I contact the organiser with a question?

If your query pertains to bursaries, please contact the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Social Sciences via esrcdtc@admin.cam.ac.uk
All other queries should be directed to Siobhan Hoffmann Heap via ssrmc@hermes.cam.ac.uk


Can I join your mailing list for updates on courses taking place in the future?

Yes. You can joing the mailing list, here.

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