Title: Evaluating Interventions
Keywords: Research (in general)
Planning and programming (incl.. budgeting and evaluation)
Epidemiology
Country: United Kingdom
Institution: UK - Institute for Global Health, University College London
Course coordinator: Dr Tim Colbourn
Date start: 2018-04-30
Date end: 2018-05-19
About duration and dates: 3 weeks and 2 days: 2 days pre-reading, 2 weeks face-to-face, 1 week to prepare final assessment. Tutor available for face-to-face during this period by appointment.
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: UCL Institute for Global Health, London
ECTS credit points: 6 ECTS credits
SIT:
150 SIT (36 contact hours, 114 self-study hours)
24 hours lectures, 12 hours seminars/classes/tutorials, 72 hours private reading, 30 hours group project work, 12 hours independent written work.
Language: English
Description:
At the end of the module the student should be able to:

• Critique published evaluations of interventions and assess the current state of evidence-based policy
• Use a range of evaluation techniques to determine which interventions work, how they work, for whom and given what circumstances, and why they work (or not).
• Use a range of techniques to monitor health, development and other interventions for the purpose of tracking and/or improving their implementation
• Gain practical skills in and knowledge of programme monitoring and evaluation, allowing a greater understanding of the current state of evidence-based policy making.
Assessment Procedures:
Group project (3 students per group) 5000 words (40%)
Individual critique 1500 words (60%)

Students will undertake a short group project to design an evaluation of a pre-specified hypothetical intervention, each group submitting a 5000 word expression of interest competing in the first round for a hypothetical contract. (30 hours)

Students will also each individually write a critique (1500 words) of a published evaluation (12 hours).

If a student does not successfully pass the assignment they will receive feedback and support to help to improve their performance and will have an opportunity to resubmit an improved version of the assignment normally within the same academic year. Since the group project has an individual element, if a resit is required, the student will be evaluated on the individual mark and carry forward the group mark to reach a final mark for the course.
Content:
12 topics, each with 2-hour lecture, 1-hour seminar (and 6hrs of private reading):
1: What is evaluation?
2: Research questions and appropriate evaluation designs
3: Theory of change & Logic Models
4: Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs)
5: Theory-Based Evaluation & Process evaluation
6: Programme monitoring
7: Realist evaluation and synthesis
8: Realist RCTs
9: Time-series regression and Quasi-Experimental Methods
10: Observational studies and Causal Inference
11: Current Debates in Evaluation
12: Evidence Synthesis
Methods:
Taught two-hour lectures will be combined with one-hour seminars and practical sessions working through examples of previous large-scale evaluations relevant to the subject of the lecture. Examples will include evaluations undertaken by the module tutor and colleagues at the Institute for Global Health.
Prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of statistics and research methods are required. Familiarity with the main concepts concerning interventions and health systems in low-income settings will be an advantage.

English proficiency: Good Level in any of the English language qualifications accepted by UCL for postgraduate studies with 6.5 (or equivalent) in each subtest.
See: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply/english-language/index
Attendance:
12 – 30 students
Selection:
The number of available tropEd places on each module in the academic year is normally determined in October. TropEd applicants wishing to secure a place on modules can apply before this period and be placed on a waiting list for the module. Applicants will be notified as soon as it is confirmed if places are available on the module(s). Please note that applicants must pay the course fees in order to obtain a confirmed offer of a place on a module, and places are awarded on a first-paid, first-admitted basis. Full course fee refunds will be provided to paid-up applicants if there are no places on the module(s) for which they applied, or if the module is cancelled.
Fees:
GBP 850 – The fee in Euros will vary relative to the exchange rate at the time of enrollment
Scholarships:
None.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Basel, September 2015. This accreditation is valid until September 2020.
Remarks:
This module is designed to link well with other practical Institute for Global Health modules such as Collecting and Using Data: Essentials of Quantitative Survey Research, Economic Evaluation in Healthcare, and Health management; planning and programme design, and will be timetabled to enable students to take all four of these optional modules.
This module builds on core concepts of scientific research, study design and critical appraisal taught in the core modules.

Students will gain practical skills that should be very useful for careers in monitoring and evaluation in non-governmental and governmental organisations, and academic and non-academic research related to evaluating interventions. The knowledge of programme monitoring and evaluation that the students will gain should also allow a greater understanding of the current state of evidence-based policy making which should also be a distinct advantage in many other careers related to global health and development, for example with governments, donors, think-tanks, United Nations organisations and the World Health Organisation.
Email Address: a.gilry@ucl.ac.uk
Date Of Record Creation: 2015-09-23 02:54:42 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2015-09-23 07:01:52 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-09-12 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-10-10 16:07:01 (W3C-DTF)

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