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Pro-WEAI Foundations Module

The Pro-WEAI Foundations Module addresses the importance of measuring women’s empowerment within project-specific contexts.

 It draws on qualitative methods to enhance understanding of women’s empowerment in specific social and cultural contexts and includes optional modules tailored to livestock and/or nutrition and health programs. This material presented is an initial step towards developing an e-learning course. The set of three video lessons include Lesson One - Using the project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI) for agricultural development projects, Lesson Two - The Pro-WEAI Tool, and Lesson Three - Lessons in Qualitative Methods. 

Impact Evaluation

Properly evaluating an intervention or program is critical to quantify its effects, determine intended and unintended outcomes and make any necessary corrections. While an adequate monitoring of a program permits to assess if the objectives of a program are being met through a continuous monitoring of different indicators of interest, a proper impact evaluation permits to assess if the observed changes are due to the intervention while controlling for other potential factors. This is key when there are plans to expand the program or replicate it in other contexts.

The objective of this course is to explain thoroughly the different stages and aspects in implementing a project evaluation, from including a counterfactual or control group in the evaluation design to selecting the most appropriate method based on the nature of the program, the outcomes of interest and the data that can be collected.

The course is divided into 6 topics: Introduction, Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Methods, Randomized Controlled Trials, Difference in Difference Analysis, Propensity Score Matching and Regression Discontinuity Design. A case study of the evaluation of the National Program to reduce stunting in Guatemala (Pacto del Hambre Cero) is provided at the end.

Partial Equilibrium Models

Economists are increasingly called upon to design ex-ante evaluation models on the impact of economic reforms and shocks on the economic environment. This course is an introduction to partial equilibrium modeling. Students will learn the principles of partial equilibrium, the structure and the different issues of a GAMS program.

The first model is simple with only 6 equations and 6 unknowns, and it describes a national market with imports in a small country. Successive developments build upon the first model by introducing elaborated functional forms, the hypothesis of large country, substitute or complementary goods in consumption, value chains, and a world market. At the end of this course, students will be able to carry out simple but rich programs of ex-ante evaluation of the impact of economic reforms.

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