04 Jul 2008 - 04 Jul 2008 AIT CC, Pathumthani, Thailand
Evaluation of programs, either before they are designed or after they are implemented, are increasingly viewed as a critical for learning and improving accountability of public policies. Many argue for an expanded role for rigorous impact evaluation of development projects, programs, and policies and the development community increasingly recognizes the need for evidence on effectiveness. Unfortunately, resource and environmental economists have little or no training or guidance on how to conduct such evaluations using sound and rigorous empirical methods. While there are many texts explaining the how and why of impact evaluations, these ideas have not been mapped into the 'environment and development' context and terminology. Thus, this day long course served as an introduction and a refresher for evaluation of programs, projects and policies in the environment and development arena.