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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
Course unit
HOW TO MEASURE THE IMPACT OF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES
SFM1026971, A.A. 2017/18

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
IA2384, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HOW TO MEASURE THE IMPACT OF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES
Website of the academic structure http://www.dissgea.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ANNA GIRALDO SECS-S/03
Other lecturers MARIA CASTIGLIONI SECS-S/04

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
SFM1026971 HOW TO MEASURE THE IMPACT OF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES ANNA GIRALDO SU2297

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SECS-S/03 Statistics for Economics 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Previous knowledge required:
Basic statistical tools: population and sample; type of statistical variables; frequency distributions and their graphical representations; measures of location and spread; general concepts of regression and correlation; key ideas of statistical inference: estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing.
For LD students: these concepts are acquired in the first year's course "How to measure local development".
Target skills and knowledge: The course is intended to introduce students to basic statistical tools to evaluate the impact of local developments programmes. The key point is the concept of causal effect of a programme. The course will provide a nontechnical introduction to impact evaluation discussing: what to evaluate and why, how to evaluate and how to implement an evaluation. Various examples of impact evaluation of real development programmes will be examined.
Examination methods: Homework (project assigned during the course) and written examination (closed book).
Assessment criteria: Written examination (60%), homework (40%)
Course unit contents: Part 1:
Introduction to impact evaluation
Causal inference and counterfactuals
Randomized selection methods
Difference-in-differences
Regression discontinuity design
Matching
Case studies

Part 2:
Target population, units, variables and indicators
Population and samples (hints)
Types of sampling schemes
Sampling and non sampling errors
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Theoretical lectures combined with numerous examples of evaluations of programs actually implemented. Work group.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Articles and other materials provided during the course in the moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Gertler P.J, Martinez S., Premand P., Rawlings L.B., Vermeersch C.M.J., Impact Evaluation in Practice. Washington DC: The World Bank, 2011.