MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development

University of East Anglia Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development

University of East Anglia Faculty of Social Sciences

Impact evaluation has become an important tool in development policy making. Multilateral and bilateral donor agencies and developing country governments are now widely committed to funding and utilising high quality impact evaluation evidence.

The MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development degree offers familiarisation with and skills in the basics of modern evidence-based policy-making and impact evaluation, including the contexts and practices of evaluation, research design and data production for evaluation, and basic and more advanced methods of quantitative and qualitative analysis. Teaching materials are drawn from the development literature and iconic impact evaluation case studies.

The course has been designed for students who are interested in designing and implementing development projects and programmes and/or in researching development effectiveness, and who need to develop and enhance their skills for undertaking high-quality rigorous impact evaluations.

This Masters programme:

  • combines theory and practice through its two specialist modules
  • helps students to acquire analytical skills that are important beyond impact evaluation
  • is situated in the School of International Development (DEV) which has world-class reputation for research in international development
  • allows for a unique range of choice and specialisation, with students able to choose module options both from within DEV and from other departments at UEA
  • Lecturers who teach on this course have wide practical experience in Impact Evaluation. Many of them are International Development Economists
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Course Profile

At the heart of this Masters programme are two unique modules. Welfare and Evaluation in Development provides students with theoretical frameworks for evidence-based policy and a critical understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to impact evaluation and development. It reviews approaches to wellbeing and their practical application in terms of evaluating the effect of development interventions. It exposes students to cost-benefit analysis and considers policy and evaluation in practice looking at a range of sectors and contexts.

The module Applied Methods in Impact Evaluation provides students with a good basic knowledge of applied methods of impact evaluation that allows them to carry out high quality impact evaluations. For that purpose, it provides a comprehensive overview of the most important methods of impact evaluation. It provides instruction in and hands on experiences of the main quantitative and qualitative impact evaluation methods, through linked lectures and (computer) workshop/seminars.

Careers and Employability

Graduates from this Masters programme are likely to become policy makers, non-governmental officials, consultants or research institute staff who are involved in impact evaluations.

We have an agreement with CARE, Oxfam GB and Tearfund to explore internship opportunities for students on this course. This would give students the opportunity to work with an NGO alongside evaluation professionals for a period of around 4 months. To be considered for this students will apply once enrolled on the course. The relationship between the student and the NGO would start during the autumn semester, with terms of reference to be agreed by the Christmas break. Students would then undertake the internship upon completion of the taught part of the course.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject: Social Science
  • Degree Classification: 2.1 or equivalent
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 1, 2016
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