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Twaweza and COSTECH Seminar on Impact Evaluation in Education

On June 19th, 2014 COSTECH and Twaweza hosted an impact evaluation seminar at the COSTECH headquarters in Dar es Salaam. The seminar was targeted at young researchers, with the goal of promoting impact evaluation as a tool for social policy research.

Dr. Hassan Mshinda, Director General of COSTECH, opened the event, discussing the importance of bridging the gap between researchers and policy makers, translating rigorous research results into effective national policies.

Two US-based professors, Professor Isaac Mbiti from Southern Methodist University and Professor Karthik Muralidharan from the University of California, San Diego, both principal investigators on Twaweza's KiuFunza evaluation, presented from their past education research in Kenya (pdf) and India.

Prof. Muralidharan's presentation:

 

Rachel Steinacher, from Innovations for Poverty Action-Kenya (IPA-K), presented on IPA's work in impact evaluation in East Africa:

 

And finally, Youdi Schipper, Research Manager at Twaweza presented an update on the KiuFunza evaluation:

The discussion focused on the realities of conducting rigorous impact evaluation and how evaluation results can be used to inform social policies for poverty reduction.

Read more: COSTECH impact evaluation India IPA Kenya KiuFunza presentations RCT research social policy

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