Topic outline

This course is the fifth in a series of e-learning courses on Rural Poverty Reduction. It considers the importance of evaluation of multisectoral strategies for poverty reduction, and describes and discusses the six principles of which theory based impact evaluations should be based in order to identify and test the causal mechanism through which these strategies leads to certain outcomes.


The course aims to support an integrated, multisectoral approach to rural poverty reduction, by improving the knowledge and capacities of a range of professionals, including: 

  • Policy-makers, administrators and officers 
  • Researchers 
  • Development practitioners 
  • Members of civil society and rural organization

  • What is impact evaluation in the context of a multisectoral approach to rural poverty, and its relationship with other forms of evaluation.
  • The six principles on which theory based impact evaluations should be based: mapping the causal chain, understanding the context, anticipating heterogeneity, estimating a credible counterfactual, conducting a rigorous factual analysis and use of mixed methods.
  • The principles are illustrated throughout with a case study of a multisectoral rural poverty reduction intervention from Lesotho.

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