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Counterfactual Impact Evaluation (CIE) Summer Week

Jun 26 2019
Jun 28 2019
Application Deadline: May 24, 2019
The Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) is pleased to announce the summer week on Counterfactual Impact Evaluation (CIE)  which will be held on 26-28 of June 2019, at the premises of the Joint Research Centre in Ispra (VA), Italy.
  • June 26-27 Training on CIE methods with case studies and applications 
  • June 28 Workshop "Impact Evaluation in developed and developing countries", with the participation of experts from international organisations such as the World Bank, OECD, European Commission, as well as participants from academia and research institutes.


To attend the training, please register online by May 24.

Maximum number of participants: 50 (on a first come first serve basis)
Costs: the event is free of charge but participants need to cover their travel and accommodation costs.

JRC will provide assistance in booking the accommodation in the local area and arrange local transportation.


The aim of this event is to share good practices of evaluation of public programmes and to provide training on CIE methods to colleagues from policy institutions and research organisations interested in the evaluation practices and the use of the most recent techniques.


June 26-27: Training on CIE methods 
Training is targeted to: policy makers with a background in CIE techniques as well as Ph.D students, post-doctoral researchers and other stakeholders working on the evaluation of public policies.
We require participants to have basic knowledge of Statistics/Econometrics and some knowledge on the CIE methods and the software Stata.
About Counterfactual Impact Evaluation (CIE):
CIE allows to compare the outcomes of units participating in a programme (the "treated group") with those of a group similar in all respects to the treated, but for participation (the "comparison group"). The comparison group helps addressing the question: "what would have happened to the treated had they not participated in the programme?", known as the counterfactual case
For an introduction to the the CIE methods check out our video tutorials
June 28: Workshop "Impact Evaluation in developed and developing countries"
Confirmed speakers:
  • Victor Hugo Orozco Olvera (World Bank), Economist at the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) unit of the World Bank’s Development Research Group. 
  • Alexander Hijzen (OECD), Senior Economist at the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and a regular contributor to the OECD Employment Outlook.
  • Ilf Bencheikh (J-PAL Europe), Deputy Executive Director of the Europe office of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
  • Jochen Kluve (Humboldt University of Berlin): Professor of Empirical Labor Economics at Humboldt University Berlin and head of the Berlin Office of RWI.
  • Joost de Laat (Utrecht University), Professor of Economics, chair of "Global Economic Challenges", at Utrecht University. He previously worked as a Senior Economist and manager at the World Bank.
Round table "What can IE in developed countries learn from those in developing countries and vice versa?"
Moderator: Paolo Paruolo (Head of the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation)


European Commission – Joint Research Centre
Via Enrico Fermi, 2749
I - 21027 Ispra (VA) Italia

Accommodation in Ispra

  • Please do not reserve hotel rooms by yourself. Once you register in MMS and select the hotel you would like to stay, we will make a booking for you.
  • How to reach the Joint Research Centre: The closest airport is Milano Malpensa Airport and the closest train station is Milano Centrale Train Station.
  • Transfers from airport/train station to the JRC and local transfers from the hotel to the JRC will be organized by JRC staff. 


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