Impact Evaluation Analytics

LFS 302B | 6 credits

About the program

This course is led by UBC faculty members Sean Holowaychuk & Chris Bennett. 

Date: Students should plan to arrive in Jakarta Saturday, April 30. The course will run from May 2 – June 3, 2022.  

Topic: Monitoring, evaluation & learning (MEL) in International Development (“Impact Evaluation Analytics”) 

Locations visited: Rural communities surrounding IPB University in Bogor (Institut Pertanian Bogor – IPB), in West Java, Indonesia  

Funding: All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award

About the course

This course is designed to introduce students to the principles and applications of development project Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning (MEL). The world of international development faces many challenges, one of which is the failure of assistance interventions (aid projects and programs). Students will develop a practical understanding of the logical processes by which projects are designed and implemented, including the need for external evaluation, ex post project delivery, in order to assess the efficacy, outcomes, and sustainability of these interventions. Lack of project success, more often than not, is a result of inadequate impact evaluation strategies. Students will learn skills to develop strong monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans in order to overcome these deficiencies.

Students are provided with analytical tools that will increase their value as employment candidates for national and international donor agencies, consultancy companies, as well as non-government organizations (NGOs) operating in the development field.

For five weeks students immerse themselves in the local communities surrounding IPB University and apply the Impact Evaluation Analytics methodology to local development projects in order to add value to existing IPB assistance interventions. After their field research is complete, teams present their findings, conclusions, and recommendations to community leaders, IPB professionals and key stakeholders in an effort to improve the likelihood of success of future project initiatives.

Experience in the field 

  • Week 1 – Arrival in Bogor, opening ceremonies, course introduction, and getting acquainted with Bogor, Indonesia; the Pos Daya structure; and the challenges faced by international development. You will be introduced to the Impact Evaluation Analytics (IEA) methodology.
  •  Week 2 – Mornings will be classroom time. Afternoons will be spent surveying the host Pos Daya villages for potential projects to evaluate. By the middle of this second week, students will form teams of 3-5 members according to their interests (agriculture, aquaculture, healthcare, nutrition, education, economic development). Teams will begin work on guiding research question development, monitoring & evaluation framework construction, and the beginnings of some field-work
  • Week 3 & 4 – In the next two weeks teams will branch out with your drivers and interpreters, to begin your monitoring and evaluation exercises. There will be occasional classroom times in the mornings to ensure students are confident with their work and moving forward in the right direction. In the fourth week, teams will be working on their group presentations.
  • Week 5 – This week will be spent ‘tying up loose ends with field interviews and writing reports. At the end of the week, teams will do a formal presentation of your findings, conclusions, & recommendations to IPB stakeholders and project partners. The presentations will be 20-25 minutes in length.
  • Beyond Week 5 – As outlined in the LFS302B pre-departure meetings, you and your classmates are required to continue to collaborate on completing your final evaluation report once the group has dispersed from Bogor.

A typical day in the program:

Breakfast is provided in the IPB International Dormitory. Week 2 (and part of week 3) – Classroom time learning the Impact Evaluation Analytics methodology. Then, in teams, students prepare to depart for field visits with their translator and driver. Teams depart the international dormitory for communities in and around Bogor, to interview project stakeholders and collect data to perform their project evaluation. Students return to the international dormitory to debrief the day and eat dinner (on their own). Selected evenings will feature career advice from guest speakers working in the field of international development.

Special environmental conditions:

Tropical. Be prepared for hot humid weather, and sudden downpours.


Individual rooms (with private bathroom) in the Asrama International Dormitory.

Student testimonials

 “This week I participated in an online challenge called How to Change the World (HtCtW), the goal of which was to come up with a sustainable development strategy for Makoko slum in Lagos, Nigeria. The process really reminded me of LFS302B, because a key part of it was identifying the core problem and key stakeholders. My team ended up using principles of problem tree and logframe to do so, and I wanted to thank Sean & Chris for drilling that in my head. My team won one the 'Most Implementable' nomination and got to speak to Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell, which was pretty cool.” – A.K.

    Eligibility requirements

    General Global Seminar requirements

    • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent Winter Session of full-time studies prior to application 

    • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g., not be under academic or non-academic discipline) to participate in a Global Seminar 

    • You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your Global Seminar 

    • You must maintain 70% average prior to your Global Seminar departure 

    • You must have completed or intend to complete the necessary (or equivalent) pre-requisite courses prior to Global Seminar start date 

    • Unclassified students will be considered on a case-by-case basis 

    • You will need to be accepted by the Program Director leading the Global Seminar 

    • You must be in your third, fourth, or final year of study. If you plan to complete your second-year requirements by the end of April 2022, you are eligible to apply.

    To be accepted for this Global Seminar, you have to meet both program-specific requirements as well as Go Global’s general eligibility.

    Program-specific requirements

    This program is suitable for students in the second year and above in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems and/or in the following majors:

    • Food, Nutrition and Health
    • Global Resource Systems
    • Human Geography
    • International Relations
    • Forestry
    • Economics

    Prior to taking part in this program, it would be considered an asset for students to have completed coursework in these disciplines, and should also have a record of strong academic performance. 

    FRE490 – Impact Evaluation Analytics – Strategies for Sustainable Development, would be an asset.

    How to apply

    Application deadline 

    January 27, 2022

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    *Please note that you can apply for up to a maximum of 2 Global Seminars*

    Program fees and costs

    Approximately CAD $1,800-$2,200

    Students are responsible for covering the cost of 6 credits of UBC tuition.

    The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee ($415) is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program. 

    Global Seminars refund policy

    To withdraw from your program, you must contact Go Global by email to request a withdrawal.  You will not be charged until you officially accept your spot in the program.  Refunds cannot be issued after the program fee is charged to your SSC account. 

    In the case of withdrawal, Go Global Award funding must be returned in full.

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    Pre-departure policy

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    Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


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    Booking a virtual advising appointment

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    In-person drop-in advising hours

    Go Global offers in-person drop-in advising at the UBC Life Building during the times below:

    • Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
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    January Hours

    Go Global will hold virtual reception hours on Tues, Jan 4 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am PST and 1 pm to 3:30 pm PST through Zoom.