The virtual Manage Successful Impact Evaluation Surveys (MSIES) course teaches the workflow for primary data collection, with a focus on remote adaptations during a pandemic. The course will cover best practices at all stages of the primary data workflow, from planning a survey to piloting survey instruments and monitoring data quality once fieldwork begins. There will be a strong emphasis throughout on research ethics and reproducible workflows.
The course will last three weeks, from May 24–June 11. It is designed for World Bank employees, development practitioners, and public servants involved with primary data collection for research or monitoring and evaluation. MSIES specifically focuses on surveys for impact evaluation, project monitoring, or other research purposes, typically implemented by private firms (differentiated from national statistics surveys).
The course will use a combination of pre-recorded lectures, live Q&As and panel discussions, case studies, readings, and hands-on exercises. There are two modes of participating in the course. Participants will indicate their preferred option when registering.
- Certificate — Participants will be required to complete all activities and will receive a course certificate if they do so successfully. The estimated time required is 8-10 hours per week.
- Audit — Participants can attend sessions of their choosing and are not required to complete all activities. No course certificate will be provided.
This course does not require any previous technical or software programming knowledge. However, the hands-on exercises will include optional activities for participants that wish to improve their survey programming or statistical software skills.
Participants will learn to:
- Plan for and prepare a successful survey
- Design high-quality survey instruments
- Effectively train surveyors (including remote training)
- Monitor survey implementation and ensure high-quality data
- Handle confidential data securely
Registration for the course has closed.