||The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation's (3ie) Policy Window Philippines (PWP) develops and funds rigorous, mixed-methods impact evaluations to inform policy making in the Philippines. In addition to commissioning and managing policy-relevant studies, PWP entails capacity building activities for researchers in the Philippines and developing the impact evaluation management framework of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). As part of capacity building activities, 3ie sponsored a CLEAR-IE course conducted by the Philippines Institute of Development Studies titled, "Impact Evaluation Course: How to Design and Conduct Impact Evaluation" on January 4-15, 2016 at PIDS. The course covered commonly used econometric and statistical methods to evaluate the impacts of social and other programs in developing countries. This technical course introduces impact evaluation as a key instrument for determining project/program effectiveness, informing policy development and improving program designs. The course includes both randomized and non-randomized methods. Delivery of the course consists of lectures, class exercises, and group work. The technical course was aimed at young academics, evaluators and researchers engaged in conducting evaluations and in training/coaching others to conduct evaluations. Following a call for applications and a screening process, PIDS selected 12 applicants from regional universities and 18 from government agencies to participate in the course.
In addition to the technical course, PIDS also organized a Policy Forum held on December 16, 2015 at the Marco Polo Ortigas which was attended by top officials from selected government agencies currently conducting impact evaluation projects.