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LIDC Short Course 2020: New format, lower fee, global reach

Written by Gunn Benjaminsen

August 24, 2020

Impact evaluation is now recognised as a critical part of development projects and programmes. But there is a pressing need for current and future development professionals to develop skills that will allow them to understand, commission and use evaluation studies.

In response, LIDC is offering a short course entitled ‘Evaluation: from Innovation to Impact’ from November 2-13, 2020. The course provides participants with a comprehensive grounding in impact evaluation methods and approaches. Students will also develop their own evaluation protocol and apply their learning to a contemporary development problem.


Online 2-13 November

Due to the ongoing pandemic, LIDC has moved this year’s course online. The course will be held from November 2 to 13, from 9am to 1.30pm (UK time). LIDC will deliver the course via Collaborate Ultra. Participants will need access to a computer and a reliable internet connection.

Given our new virtual format, LIDC is able to offer the course at the lower fee of £900 (compared to £1,500 in 2019 for face-to-face tuition in London). It also gives students and professionals who are unable to travel to London an opportunity to join our community of impact evaluation specialists.


Who can apply?

The course is intended for global development professionals.

Short course programme

The course will include sessions on quantitative and qualitative approaches to impact evaluation. Course tutors will include 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 hear from leading NGOs,  about their approaches to monitoring, evaluation and learning.

An overview over topics and tutors can be found in the short course tentative programme.

Fees, discounts and bursaries

The course fee is £900 (compared to £1,500 for in-person tuition in London in 2019). The fee includes study materials.

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. In order to apply please fill in the registration form, including the ‘statement of motivation’ (no more than 500 words). The deadline for financial support applications is Tuesday, 1 September 2020.


Registration and payment

Please complete the online application form (link) for the short course. 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

Testimonials from past participants

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:

“I am currently supervising an evaluation study aimed at assessing implementation strength of family planning programs for youth in Malawi thanks to the short course. 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. I hope to apply what I have learnt in the coming months, starting with a scoping mission for an impact evaluation in Nepal.”

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