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LIDC short course 2021: building on success, extending our GLOBAL REACH


For the past seven years, the LIDC short course has equipped hundreds of development professionals with expert training in impact evaluation. Impact evaluation plays a critical role in development projects and programmes, and there is a crucial need for development professionals to acquire and develop skills that will allow them to understand, commission and use evaluation studies. LIDC's short course, ‘Evaluation: from Innovation to Impact’ provides  participants with a comprehensive grounding in impact evaluation methods and approaches. Students will get to apply their knowledge to contemporary development challenges. The course runs online from November 1-12, 2021. The course programme for 2021 is now available.



Online format saves participants time and money


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, LIDC moved the course online last year. The online format enabled many more students to attend without having to undergo the disruption and expense of travelling to London to take part.  Additionally, the part-time format, where the course will be held from 9 am to 1.30 pm (UK time) meant that students suffered less disruption to their existing schedule and had more time for study. The course is delivered via Collaborate Ultra, meaning participants simply need access to a computer and a reliable internet connection. The online format also enabled us to offer a 33% discount on the course, reducing the fees from £1,500 to £1,000, making it a lot more affordable.





The course is intended for global development professionals.




The course will include sessions on quantitative and qualitative approaches to impact evaluation. Course tutors last year included academics and practitioners from the following organisations:


  • Centre for Evaluation, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • University College London
  • The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
  • Institute of Development Studies
  • SOAS University of London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • The London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture & Health (LCIRAH)

Students will also get a chance to hear from leading NGOs about their approaches to monitoring, evaluation and learning.



The course fee of £1,000 includes study materials.


We are offering a 10% discount for participants that register and pay before 15 September. Please email before paying the fee if you wish to use this discount.

If your organisation sends two or more people on the course, there will be a 10% discount on each person’s fee. If you plan to book two or more people on the course, please send an email to to arrange a discount.


LIDC is sponsoring three places on this year’s short course with £500 towards the course fees. This is only available to students and professionals who are nationals and residents of low- or middle-income countries. If you wish to apply, please include a statement of motivation in the application form, where you highlight why you are applying for funding and how the couse will benefit your work.


The deadline for financial support applications has been extended until Sunday 12 September 2021. We aim to notify selected candidates by 15 September.




To apply, please complete the online application form and pay the fee via LSHTM's website.

Please note that you will only be registered to take part in the course once we receive confirmation that your payment has been made.


We accept credit card payments (via our member institution London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and bank transfer. If you need an invoice or have any other queries, please email



Kendra Dupuy, Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo:

“I am part of a team that just received a very large grant to do an impact evaluation with a randomized controlled trial component of an education program in Uganda. I am certain that the training I received in the LIDC course was instrumental in receiving that grant. I have also been doing some smaller evaluation projects within development aid for various types of funders/groups. So I am definitely using what I learned in the course and really grateful for having had the chance to take it! If there is ever an advanced version or courses that offer more in-depth teaching on particular evaluation methods, I will be first in line!”

Reuben Christopher Moyo, Research Supervisor, National Statistical Office of Malawi:

“Since I completed the short course I have been working with colleagues at Invest in Knowledge Initiative, a research organisation in Malawi specialised in social research. I have managed to help the organisation with ideas on how best we can assess impact of development programmes.”

Garrett Kilroy, Senior Evaluation Specialist, Asian Development Bank:

“Thanks for hosting a great course and bringing together a very interesting and enthusiastic group of people.”



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