UPDATE (March 2020):


Given the coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to postpone the C4ED Impact Evaluation Summer School to summer 2021. Therefore, we are suspending the current application period and will consider new applications next year.

We will share more information regarding the registration procedure and new application deadlines with you in due course.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We look forward to welcoming you to Mannheim next year!

Stay healthy and take care,

Your C4ED Team

P.S. Please note, the text below is sadly no longer up to date.

Summer School: Impact Evaluation – Mannheim

Center for Evaluation and Development (C4ED) and University of Mannheim

This three-day intensive course (24-26 June 2020) on impact evaluation methodologies is designed for doctoral, masters and advanced undergraduates studying economics, social sciences, education, international development, political science, and public health as well as students interested in methods used in evidence-based policy making. The summer school will take place right after the conference “Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation (COMPIE 2020)” in Mannheim, hosted by the European Commission, University of Mannheim/ C4ED from 22-24 June 2020.

The core faculty for the summer school will be:

  • Alberto Abadie (MIT)
  • Alexandra Avdeenko (Center for Evaluation and Development, C4ED)
  • Markus Frölich (University of Mannheim)

The summer school is set to cover the prevailing concepts of impact evaluation, quantitative counterfactual based causal inference and the main methodologies and tools.

Professors Alberto Abadie (MIT), Alexandra Avdeenko (C4ED) and Markus Frölich (University of Mannheim) will be the instructors of the summer school. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and discuss current methodologies in impact evaluation from some of the experts and scholars who have been setting the methodological frontier. The summer school will also be a valuable opportunity for networking.

Main topics
  • Introduction to Causal Inference
  • Rubin Causal Model
  • Assignment Mechanism
  • Randomized experiments
  • Different Modes of Inference
  • Observational Studies
  • The Unconfoundedness Assumption
  • Average Treatment Effects
  • Propensity Score Matching
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Instrumental Variables (IV)
  • Difference-in-Difference Methods
  • Regression Discontinuity Designs (RDD)
  • Sharp and Fuzzy Designs
  • Distributional and Quantile Treatment Effects
  • Mediation Analysis and Causal Chains
Course Cost

Fee: €50 (for registered students)

The summer school fee includes registration, administrative costs and coffee breaks. Participants are responsible for transportation and accommodation, lunch and dinner, and other incidental expenses.


Applications will be accepted through 31 May 2020. Registering early interest via events@c4ed.org is strongly encouraged as space is limited. Participants will be accepted on a rolling basis. To register, please send us a valid enrolment certificate.