In cooperation with the African School of Economics (ASE), Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) is organizing a Learning Days workshop in Benin, Abomey Calavi and Cotonou from June 10 to 14, 2019.
The event will take place on the campus of ASE in Abomey Calavi and will be conducted in English. French-speaking instructors will be in attendance as well. The objective of this international activity is to train Principal Investigators (PIs) in developing countries on the experimental research methods in the social sciences during five days.
The workshop is intended for Africa-based researchers and evaluation professionals working in academic, non-governmental, and governmental organizations who carry out analyses related to governance and development. It will gather scholars with prior training in social sciences and statistics, econometrics, or policy evaluation.
The workshop will instruct on concepts and tools for experimental impact evaluations, and will include presentations of experimental research, statistical exercises (with and without statistical software), and individual advisory sessions for participants to work on developing research designs related to their organizations’ missions. Key topics include causal inference, hypothesis testing, randomization, power, and more.
As part of the workshop, EGAP will also host a half-day evidence seminar on June 13 at the Golden Tulip le Diplomate Cotonou. This event will bring together Learning Days participants (with a focus towards those who are representatives of government and civil society organizations) with EGAP researchers who have a focus on experimental methods and policy-relevant research and evaluation.
EGAP is a cross-disciplinary network of researchers and practitioners that is united by a focus on experimental research and dedicated to generating and disseminating rigorous evidence on topics of governance, politics, and institutions. They seek to forge partnerships between researchers and practitioners committed to understanding the politics of global development, advance evidence-based policy making, and improve the quality of empirical research in the social sciences.