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Indonesia - Impact Evaluation Analytics Field Study

LFS 302B | 6 credits

Apply by December 5, 2019

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About the course

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

For five weeks in May 2020, undergraduate students from the University of British Columbia will participate in an experiential learning exercise on project monitoring & evaluation (M&E) in international development called Impact Evaluation Analytics. The six credit course takes place in the rural communities surrounding the Agricultural Institute of Bogor (Institut Pertanian Bogor – IPB), in West Java, Indonesia.

This course is designed to introduce students to the principles and applications of development project M&E. 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 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 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 interventions.

About the experience

● Week 1 – (Half week) Arrival in Bogor, opening ceremonies, course introduction and getting acquainted with Bogor, Indonesia; the Pos Daya structure; and the challenges faced by international development. Students will be introduced to the Impact Evaluation Analytics (IEA) methodology. Professor Rick Barichello (FRE), will be guest-lecturing this first week, including Saturday. Topics will include: challenges with data collection, cost-benefit analysis, policy analysis matrix (PAM).

● 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 – the next two weeks students will branch out on their own, with their drivers and interpreters, to begin their 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. On the fourth week students will be working on their group presentations.

● Week 5 – This week will be spent ‘tying up loose ends’ in the Pos Dayas with field interviews and writing reports. This week students will do a formal presentation of their findings to IPB stakeholders and project partners. The presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length.

● As outlined in the LFS302b pre-departure meetings, students are required to continue to collaborate on completing their final evaluation reports once the group has dispersed from Bogor. 


Dormitory style accommodation (air conditioning is not guaranteed).

General timeline

The program will run from May 1 - 31, 2020.  

The program will take place in West Java Indonesia for 5 weeks in May. Prior to your time in the field, you will be required to attend pre-departure sessions in Vancouver.


This program is suitable for students in 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

FRE490 would be an asset.

Prior to taking part in this program, students should have completed coursework in these disciplines, and should also have a record of strong academic performance.

Global Seminars - general eligibility

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

Program fees and costs

The program fee is approximately $1800-$2200.

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 is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.

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

Program fee includes Program fee DOES NOT include
Accommodation Tuition*
Program-related travel Flight*
Program-related excursions Incidentals*
Meals *depending on program
Go Global fee ($415.00)

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Global Seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after you accept your spot in the program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit posted on SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit due date

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