DHP P230: Design, Monitoring and Evaluation of Programs in Resource-Limited Settings
In international development, donors, policymakers, program implementers, and end-users all have a significant investment in understanding to what extent a program or intervention works, for whom, and why or why not. To answer these questions we turn to evaluation research. This course focuses on the practice of program monitoring and evaluation in resource-limited settings. A central focus in program evaluation is causality: how do we identify the causal effects of a program or intervention and rule out other explanations for observed outcomes? How do we explain the potential influence of setting and context on the outcomes? Students will learn to conceptualize the entire evaluation process from engaging with stakeholders during the initial stages of program development through designing rigorous mixed-methods evaluation studies informed by the real-world challenges. Students will work in teams, choose an existing program or intervention, and design a realistic process and outcome evaluation proposal using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods.