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The World Bank, European Union (EU), Rwanda's Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and the University of Rwanda will host the Impact Evaluation Summer School from August 13th to August 23rd 2018. The event will be held at the University of Rwanda’s Huye campus, and is part of the World Bank-MINAGRI-EU partnership towards increasing evidence in agricultural policy-making – signed in August 2017.
The World Bank-MINAGRI-EU partnership seeks to increase the use of high-quality data and evidence in the agricultural sector, from policy design, implementation, and scale up/down decisions. The impact evaluations focus on key policy areas agreed with MINAGRI and the EU Delegation. The partnership is a flexible instrument to accumulate learning to increase program impact, and to adapt to emerging needs on the ground.
The partnership also enhances capacity for evidence-based policymaking in Rwanda. This consists of formal trainings with the Government of Rwanda and ongoing direct collaboration on all impact evaluation work. Additionally, the partnership will focus on building capacity throughout the sector, including through the IE Summer School. The central goal of the Summer School is to serve as a spring-board for the next generation of Rwandan researchers, implementers and policy-makers.
Following a competitive selection process that saw the team receive over 100 applications, 42 of the top candidates were selected. With a gender split of 50-50, the cohort primarily consists of current UR students and recent graduates from the University’s masters and PhD programs. Students’ areas of study include mathematics, economics and agricultural economics, amongst others. The program is fully funded through the European Union.
The Summer School has three main components; lecture sessions focusing on the theoretical underpinnings of impact evaluation, group discussions aimed at understanding key elements of the impact evaluation academic literature, and in-depth lab sessions that seek to help students gain skills in industry-leading statistical programs through a hands-on approach to learning. The Summer School will be led and facilitated by researchers from the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) unit and senior faculty from the University of California, Berkeley.
The final element of the Summer School is the creation of a job market for high performing students. This involves an ‘Employer Roundtable’ with participating research-focused not-for-profit institutions. In addition, through assessments over the course of the Summer School and a day-long group challenge, the best performing male and female students will be linked up with the institutions with the goal of finding potential internship opportunities.