J-PAL Executive Education: Evaluating Social Programs Webinar Series, June 2020

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Welcome to the 2020 J-PAL Executive Education: Evaluating Social Programs Webinar Series! Although our in-person course has been postponed due to COVID-19, we are excited to offer this free webinar series from June 8 to June 12, the week the course was originally scheduled to run. 

The schedule for the webinar is as follows:

  • Monday, June 8, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET:  Theory of Change and Measurement: An Interactive Case Study

This lecture will provide an introduction to impact evaluation, from the types of questions we can answer to how we can ensure impact evaluations build on our theories of change. In the accompanying interactive case study, we will further explore how we define and measure our key outcomes. Speakers: Ilf Bencheikh, Deputy Executive Director, J-PAL Europe, and Ben Morse, Senior Research, Education, and Training Manager, J-PAL Global

Format: Lecture + interactive case study

  • Tuesday, June 9, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET: Why Randomize? An Interactive Case Study

In this lecture and case study, we will present different impact evaluation methodologies and discuss the advantages of randomized evaluations. Building on day 1, participants will gain a deeper understanding of what influences the choice of one impact evaluation method over another. Speakers: Ben Morse, Senior Research, Education, and Training Manager, J-PAL Global, with special guest Damon Jones, Associate Professor, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Format: Lecture, interactive case study, + moderated Q&A

  • Wednesday, June 10, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET: Ethics of Randomized Evaluations

This session will discuss the framework researchers use when thinking about ethics in study design and implementation, and how to apply that framework in various real-world examples.

Speaker: Laura Feeney, Associate Director of Research and Training, J-PAL North America

Format: Lecture + discussion

  • Thursday, June 11, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET: Building Effective Research-Practitioner Partnerships

Bringing together a researcher and implementing partner from a real-world evaluation, this panel will offer insights into how researchers and practitioners can work together to forge a partnership for evidence-based decision making that has real-world impact. The session will highlight READI Chicago, an innovative response to gun violence in Chicago. The program connects people most highly impacted by gun violence to paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy, and wrap-around support services to help them create a viable path for a different future and reduce their serious violence involvement. Researchers from the University of Chicago Crime and Poverty Labs and University of Michigan are rigorously evaluating READI Chicago to assess its effectiveness and impact on participants' violence involvement. This panel session will be moderated by a J-PAL staff member and have an interactive Q&A at the end.

Speakers: Sara Heller, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Michigan, Monica Bhatt, Research Director, UChicago Crime and Education Labs Chasda Martin, Director of Programs, READI Chicago, moderated by Toby Chaiken, Policy and Training Manager, J-PAL North America

Format: Panel discussion + moderated Q&A

  • Friday, June 12, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET: The Generalizability Puzzle 

How can results from one context inform policies in another? This lecture provides a framework for how to apply evidence across contexts.

Speaker: Mary Ann Bates, Executive Director, J-PAL North America

Format: Lecture + moderated Q&A

For more information, please visit the event page or contact training@povertyactionlab.org.


To register for the webinar series, please fill out the form below, and indicate which days you plan to attend. We will follow up with relevant (optional) pre-reading materials and the necessary information to join the session via Zoom.