Innovations for Poverty Action Zambia (IPA) partnered with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab for Africa (J-PAL) and the University of Zambia (UNZA) to hold a four day impact evaluation course from 24-27 August 2015. The course included two streams: a policymaker stream and a researcher stream. The researcher stream focused on the benefits and methods of randomisation, choosing an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of experiments. The policymaker stream had the same core components but also focused on how to identify good evidence and use this evidence in policy making decisions.
The course took place at the UNZA VET School. The lectures were delivered by J-PAL and IPA affiliate Nava Ashraf (Harvard Business School) as well as Abraham Holland (Harvard Kennedy School), Rachna Nag Chowdhuri (IPA), Erika Keaveney (IPA), Emily Cupito (J-PAL) and Ashleigh Morrell (J-PAL). The participant group work was supported by IPA and J-PAL staff.