This summer school discusses the important aspects of experimental design in the context of development projects with special attention on microfinance.
Until recently, empirical testing of the impact of development projects was extremely weak, and controversial. Most research on the impact of development projects suffered from severe methodological problems: almost none of the available empirical studies appropriately addressed problems related to self-selection bias and/or program placement bias.
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Last Year's Experience 3: "The course was very well structured and the (guest)lecturers were extraordinarily interesting and inspiring. Robert Lensink is such a passionate lecturer and he and Niels Hermes have explained the methodology and the practice in very clean terms, which made it easy to understand for newcomers in the microfinance industry. It was a true eye opener! The advantages of participating in this summer school are both the amount of knowledge you’ll gain in one week as well as the amazing people you’ll meet and the chance to grow your academic network. The participants came from all over the world, with and without field experience, which gave a very special touch to the summer school. It was very great that Robert Lensink invited all participants home. Which is something you hardly see and it really contributed to this unique experience." - Anouk Aarts
Last Year's Experience 2: "The summer school “Microfinance Experiments” [referring to last year's title and content] provided clear and well-structured courses on the theory and practice of microfinance field experiments. Participating in this summer school helped me broaden my knowledge and gave me the opportunity to exchange ideas with both academics and practitioners from around the world. The stimulating and friendly atmosphere made it a unique and inspiring experience. I appreciate the combination of courses on experimental design theory and discussion of related recent empirical studies. The two main benefits of participating in this summer school are: i) I acquired clear and structured knowledge on field experiments in microfinance, and ii) I was able to discuss my PhD project with participants and lecturers and I obtained valuable comments and suggestions." - Luminita Postelnicu
Last Year's Experience: "The Summer School on Microfinance Experiments is a course that bridges academic and professional topics, and hence is relevant for both researchers and practitioners in the field of microfinance. With a background in microfinance consultancy in Africa, the Summer School presented to me a good mix of participants from all over the world with different experiences and professions. The Summer School was a good platform for exchange of best practices and knowledge sharing. I enjoyed the interactive sessions and discussions throughout the workshop as well as the participation of guest speakers from renown institutions. Also the opportunities for networking and social events during the Summer School were well organized and fruitful for the purpose of the program. A major benefit that I take away from this program is the exchange of best practices and experiences in the field of microfinance impact evaluation. Also the theoretical knowledge gained through the Summer School on evaluation techniques is very helpful. Finally, the networking opportunities to connect with other practitioners and researchers was highly appreciated from my side." - Diana Kollanyi