Eastern-Central Regional Workshop on Counterfactual Impact Evaluation Methods 2015
September 22-24, 2015Budapest, Hungary

The Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund, the European Commission Centre for Research on Impact Evaluation, and the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office—Monitoring and Evaluation Department, organized a workshop on counterfactual impact evaluations for approximately 80 government officials, evaluation practitioners, and researchers from Central and Eastern Europe.  The workshop provided capacity building on impact evaluation methods with a focus on employment, social protection, and education programs.  The training also helped the participants identify impact evaluation opportunities within their own programs.


Impact Evaluation Overview: Why, What, How
(Joost de Laat, Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund)

Phase-in, Encouragement Design, and Instrumental Variables
(Paolo Paruolo, European Commission Centre for Research on Impact Evaluation)

Randomized Evaluation of Early Childhood Interventions: Potential Issues with Implementation
(Gábor Kézdi, Central European University)

Quasi-experimental Methods: Propensity Score Matching and Difference in Differences
(Enkelejda Havari, European Commission Centre for Research on Impact Evaluation)

Training of Unemployed Impact Evaluation
(Martina Lubyová, Miroslav Štefánik, & Martin Obuch, Government Office of Slovak Republic)

A Matching-Based Evaluation of a School Intervention Aimed at Disadvantaged Students
(Gábor Kézdi, Central European University)

Evaluation of the Effects of the Active Labour Measures on Reducing Unemployment in Romania
(Speranta Pirciog & Madalina Ecaterina Popescu, National Scientific Research Institute for Labor and Social Protection)

Discountinuity Design
(Céline Ferré, World Bank)

Regression Discontinuity Design Example
(Paolo Paruolo, European Commission Centre for Research on Impact Evaluation)

Impact Assessment of Targeted Wage Subsidies Using Administrative Data
(Zsombor Cseres-Gergely, Árpád Földessy, & Ágota Scharle, Budapest Institute)

Where to Find Resources?
(Alice Danon & Clémence Kieny, World Bank)