Summer School on Impact Evaluation Methods in Central Asia
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (IPPA UCA), ISDC International Security and Development Center (ISDC) and the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) are offering a summer school on Impact Evaluation Methods in Central Asia from 21 to 28 June 2015 in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic.
This is the second summer school offered by SIPRI and UCA through an international partnership. The first, on Labour Markets in Central Asia, took place last year. Attended by 20 Central Asian researchers, young professors, doctoral students and government officials, the school covered key themes of labour economics, labour market issues in Central Asia and beyond, and relevant research and policy analysis methods.
“This is IPPA’s second summer school with our partners, following a successful 2014 programme. It continues IPPA’s process of building networks and skills to enhance evidence-based analysis and capacity in policy and programmes in Central Asia and beyond,” said Dr Roman Mogilevskii, IPPA Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow.
The school will bring together 28 participants representing development agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and higher education and research institutions based in the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Russia and Bangladesh. Participants will learn the theory and practice of theory-based impact evaluations and related state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative techniques. Through the rigorous programme, they are expected to gain a high-level understanding of the importance of these instruments and their role in the design and assessment of public policies and development interventions.
Summer school sessions will be taught by a team of regional and international experts, including Dr Tara Kaul of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Dr Anastasia Aladysheva and Dr Damir Esenaliev and of SIPRI, Professor Tilman Brück of ISDC, Dr Eleonora Nillesen of UNU-MERIT. The invited guest speakers include Dr James Thurlow of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Chinara Irisova of the Center “Interbilim”, and Dr Judy Yang and Dr Saida Ismailakhunova of The World Bank.
The summer school on Impact Evaluation Methods in Central Asia is funded by 3ie as a part of the research project "Impact Evaluation of LivingSidebySide®, Peace-building educational Programme in Kyrgyzstan". 3ie is an international grant-making NGO promoting evidence-informed development policies and programmes in low- and middle-income countries. 3ie funds impact evaluations and systematic reviews that generate evidence on what works in development programmes and why.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. Based in Stockholm, SIPRI also has a presence in Beijing and Washington, DC and is regularly ranked among the most respected think tanks worldwide. For more information on SIPRI, visit www.sipri.org.
The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan and His Highness the Aga Khan signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University, which was ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations. UCA was established to offer an internationally recognised standard of higher education in Central Asia and prepare graduates to contribute leadership, ideas and innovation to the economies and communities of the region. UCA brings with it the commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network. For more information on UCA, please visit: www.ucentralasia.org.
The Institute of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Central Asia (IPPA UCA) provides in-depth analysis of Central Asian economic policies and professional development opportunities for civil servants in the region. For more information on IPPA, visit www.ucentralasia.org/Research/ippa.
ISDC - International Security and Development Center provides evidence-based analysis and policy advice on the interactions of security, conflict, violence and fragility with socio-economic development, growth, employment and poverty alleviation. ISDC is based in Berlin and collaborates with a broad range of partners in academia, policy making and practice. For more information on ISDC, visit www.isd-center.org.
United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) is a joint research and training institute of United Nations University and Maastricht University, based in the south of the Netherlands. The institute explores the social, political and economic factors that drive technological innovation, with a particular focus on creation, diffusion and access to knowledge. UNU-MERIT covers all aspects of governance in domestic and global organizations, from risk assessment to policy analysis, design and evaluation. For more information on UNU-MERIT, visit www.merit.unu.edu.