Overview

This document explains how to run an EGAP Learning Days event.1

0.1 What is an EGAP Learning Days Workshop?

EGAP’s Learning Days workshops aim to build experimental social science research capacity among principal investigators (PIs) in the Global South. The Learning Days workshops offer a combination of design clinics, research presentations, guided work with statistical analysis software, and topical lectures.

Typically, sessions have covered topics such as randomization, causal inference, hypothesis testing and more–all with the purpose of supporting participants as they develop their own research designs throughout the week. By sharing rigorous research methods with workshop participants, the Learning Days serve to identify and build researcher networks in the Global South, as well as create productive connections between EGAP members and researchers around the world.

EGAP typically partners with local academics or institutions to plan each event. Coordination, instruction, and oversight for the Learning Days are provided by EGAP’s Trainings Director as well as various EGAP members and staff. To inquire about future workshops, please contact .

0.2 How long is an EGAP Learning Days Workshop?

The typical layout of a Learning Days workshop is five full days.

0.3 What does the Agenda for an EGAP Learning Days look like?

Please see agendas of recent workshops contained the links below:

Agenda Ghana (2015)

Agenda Malawi (2017)

Agenda Uruguay (2018)

0.4 What are the Learning Goals?

  1. Appraise main principles of causal inference and experimental design
  2. Interpret and critique existing impact assessments designs
  3. Design their own impact assessment
  4. Apply basic coding for experiments in R

0.5 What kinds of Activities to expect?

  1. Lectures - about core principles of causal inference and study design
  2. Design talks - where guest speakers or instructors talk about recent RCTs with emphasis on the process of going from idea to design and analysis
  3. Design clinics - working on your own design using Research Design Form
  4. Exercises - learning to work in R, randomization methods, hypothesis testing, power similation and simple analysis

0.6 How is are the Learning Goals Assessed?

There is no formal assessment (though certificates of completion are available on request). We however do ask each participant to: 1. Presentate their design to group at the end of the workshop 2. Submit their finalized Research Design Forms

0.7 Who is a Learning Days for?

Learning Days are designed for Principal Investigators—i.e. professors, post-doctoral fellows, PhD students, and NGO/government agency evaluators who implement experimental research projects on programs related to institutions, governance, and development. Participants must have their own (experimental) project, preferably in its design stage. The workshop is limited to developing country applicants, typically based in Africa and Latin America. Applicants must have training in social sciences, and should have basic knowledge of statistics and/or econometrics. Prior familiarity with statistical sofware is strongly advised. Typically, sessions are conducted in English, requiring applicants to have a professional command of the language (reading and speaking). In order to maintain a productive atmosphere, the meeting typically has a maximum of 15 participants.

0.8 How to use this guide?

We assume that you will have R and RStudio installed on your machine.

To get going with R see Getting Started in R and Simple Statistics

We envision that you will copy this guide or parts thereof (eg. Slides, Exercises, Quizzes, etc.) either by using the Download button on the front page of http://github.com/egap/learningdays-guide OR by using git directly (by forking this repository).

0.9 Acknowledgements

The materials included in this this EGAP Learning Days Guide has been developed over the past years by the various instructors. These included (in alphabetical order) Jake Bowers, Jasper Cooper, Ana de la O, Lindsay Dolan, Natalia Garbiras Díaz, Macartan Humphreys, Nahomi Ichino, Gareth Nellis, Dan Nielson, Rafael Piñeiro, Fernando Rosenblatt, Tara Slough, Peter van der Windt and Maarten Voors. At EGAP tremendous support has been provided by Matt Lisieky, Ingrid Lee, Goldie Negelev and others. Learning Days have been generously funded by the Hewlett Foundation.


  1. Throughout the document, we include links to the Glossary and Appendix, to clarify terms or explain tools and procedures in more depth.