Summer Schools

2015: Life in Kyrgyzstan International Summer School

on Impact Evaluation Methods in Central Asia


The ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ International Summer School on ‘Impact Evaluation Methods in Central Asia’ is being offered in 2015 to promote the capacity of researchers, practitioners and policy makers in the region to commission, conduct and interpret rigorous impact evaluations and increase their role in evidence-based policy making.

The Summer School teach the theory and practice of theory-based impact evaluations and related state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative techniques. Participants gained a high-level understanding of the importance of these instruments and their role in the design and assessment of public policies and development interventions.

Course content included lectures on rigorous impact evaluations, experimental and quasi-experimental methods to conduct evaluations and how to implement them. Participants also gained hands-on experience designing impact evaluations through group exercises and they learnt about the ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ panel dataset collected by the organisers.

Dates: 21–28 June 2015

Location: Ak-Maral Resort, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan


All information about 2015 Summer School structure and organization can be found here.

2017: International Summer School for researchers and practitioners from Central Asia

on Social Cohesion: Concept, Implementation and Impact Evaluation


The Summer School “Social Cohesion: Concept, Implementation and Impact Evaluation” is a capacity building activity for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia under the “Social Cohesion through Community-based Development” project implemented in Kyrgyzstan from 2014 to 2017. The project aimed to identify, pilot and built capacity for social cohesion mechanisms in community-driven development approaches. It had a focus on developing and piloting innovative approaches to strengthen social cohesion.

The summer school program covered the following topics:

  • Concept of social cohesion
  • Measurement of social cohesion using micro-data from Kyrgyzstan
  • Application of social cohesion as a development intervention outcome, such in impact evaluation studies

The summer school provided with practical skills on processing and analyzing micro-data on the statistical package Stata.

Dates: 11–18 June 2017

Location: Raduga Resort, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan


All information about 2017 Summer School structure and organization can be found here.