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Economic Evaluation

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: Tuesday 19 February 2019
  • Course duration: One Day

This course will start on Tuesday 19 February 2019.

There are growing demands for public and third sector organisations to demonstrate the economic impacts associated with their activity. This course is aimed at non-specialists who need a functional understanding of key economic concepts and data in order to confidentially deal with the practicalities involved in economic impact evaluation.

Who is the course for?

Local Government officers, private and third sector workers who are asked to undertake economic assessments, evaluations and bid for funding.

What will I get out the course?

You will improve your understanding of the following:

  1. Fundamental requirements of economic impact evaluation
  2. Role that evaluation can play in policy or programme development
  3. Range of techniques and data sources appropriate to economic impact evaluation
  4. Practicalities involved in undertaking or managing an economic impact evaluation

This course has been approved by the Institute of Economic Development meaning that IED members can claim CPD points from attending the full-day.

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What you'll study

The day breaks down as follows:

  • Course Outline

    09:30 - 09:45 Welcome and Introduction
    09:45 - 10:45 Introduction to Evaluation:
    Evaluation in policy context
    The different types of evaluation and their relation to the project development cycle
    Useful guidance
    Group Exercise: map projects that you are responsible for onto the evaluation typology/project lifecycle
    10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
    11:00 - 12:30 Evaluation Planning, Resources and Context:
    The role of the evaluation plan
    Thinking practically - the role of resource constraints
    The importance of context
    Group exercise: using the projects from the first exercise, set out the key information that will inform the development of your evaluation project
    12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
    13:15 - 14:30 Evaluation Methods and Techniques:
    The logic model
    Establishing the counterfactual 
    Economic impact assessment and cost benefit analysis
    Data requirements
    14:30 - 14:45 Coffee Break
    14:45 - 15:45 Use of Evaluation Findings and Group Exercise
    Presentation of results
    Group exercise: thinking about the concepts and techniques set out in the previous session, prepare an outline approach to the evaluation of your project
    15:45 - 16:00 Summary and Close
  • Location

    The course is held at Nottingham Business School and is normally delivered at Nottingham Conference Centre. Located right at the heart of Nottingham City Centre, the Nottingham Conference Centre benefits from excellent transport links by car, plane and train.

How you’re taught

The course is delivered through a mix of theory and real life practical sessions.

Delegates work on case studies and are given the opportunity to share their experience and ideas.

Careers and employability

This course has been approved by the Institute of Economic Development meaning that IED members can claim CPD points from attending the full-day.

Entry requirements

Fees and funding

£300 + VAT per person

10% discount for students who are IED members

10% discount for students who book onto both the Economic Assessment and Economic Evaluation short courses (not applicable if using the IED discount)

Still need help?

Nottingham Business School
+44 (0)115 848 8139