Programme Director: Lorraine Dearden
Answering questions about the effectiveness of state interventions in economic and social domains - such as 'Did this training programme help the participants get back to work?', or 'Did this child health programme improve children's outcomes?' - is the goal of programme evaluation.
Robust programme evaluation is difficult: researchers have to estimate causal impacts credibly and understand the uncertainty in their estimates, and policy-makers have to determine how best to synthesize and generalise the lessons learned from multiple studies.PEPA aims to stimulate a step change in the conduct of programme evaluation, and maximise the value of programme evaluation by improving the design of evaluations and improving the way that such evaluations add to the knowledge base.
Three challenges for programme evaluation
1. We know the outcomes for participants on a training programme. But what was the counterfactual?
Programme research aims
PEPA research programme aims to:
PEPA apply the methods they develop to evaluate a number of important policy questions, and run a programme of training and capacity building activities.
For further information about PEPA training activities visit the PEPA Events page.
PEPA is based at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and cemmap.