Capacity Building & Trainings

Investing in the institutional capacity of organizations and staff in the development field is key to promoting evidence-based and sustainable development. We believe that when individuals and development organizations make use of statistical techniques and data analysis in designing and evaluating their programs they are better able to contribute to long-term social and economic development. An important component of our work is to help our clients build up internal knowledge for the sake of project and program preparation and external communication, as well as applying this knowledge towards analysis, impact evaluation, survey design, and quantitative and qualitative research and data collection. 


A list of our training options and curricula can be found at this link




We provide a set of 1 - 3 day social policy analysis workshops for policymakers, experts, and researchers in the area.

You can register below and get in touch with us to arrange a time for the training sessions at your institution. All of our courses are provided in English or Turkish depending on the preference of the audience.

Introduction to Statistics for Policymakers Using STATA

To understand the impact of policies or programs implemented, policymakers regularly need to do the quantitative analysis themselves or they need to interpret the results presented to them. In order to do this at least a certain level of statistical knowledge is necessary. This 1-day class aims to provide policymakers with a basic set of statistical tools and quantitative analysis methods showing the logic behind these methods and interpretation of their results. Topics covered in the training include a simple regression model, deriving ordinary least squares estimates, expected value, and variance of the OLS estimators, multiple regression analysis, t-tests, hypothesis testing, multiple regression analysis with binary variables, etc.  

The training is composed of a theoretical part for three-quarters of the day and for the rest of the day, the applications will be shown with a hands-on training using STATA (STATA is an interactive data management and statistical analysis software, which is popular among researchers and policy-makers in most social science disciplines).

Participants: The module targets policymakers, researchers, local government or development agency staff, monitoring and evaluation staff who are looking to gain knowledge and expertise in basic statistical tools and quantitative analysis methods as well as to learn about this commonly used statistical package. (10-20 people)

Prerequisites:  Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of statistics/econometrics.
Duration: 1 day

Impact Evaluation Methods - Theory and Applications

​Development programs and policies are typically designed to change outcomes. Whether or not these changes are actually achieved is a crucial public policy question but that is not often examined. More commonly, program managers and policymakers focus on controlling and measuring the inputs and immediate outputs of a program—how much money is spent, how many textbooks are distributed, rather than assessing whether programs have achieved their intended goals of improving well-being.  Impact evaluations are part of a broader agenda of evidence-based policy-making. 

This two-day technical course is designed to introduce concepts and methodologies in quantitative impact evaluation. The course uses country and program case studies to illustrate methodologies and introduces the following methodologies: (i) Randomized evaluations (ii) Matching methods, specifically propensity score matching (PSM), (iii) Double-difference (DD) methods, (iv) Instrumental variable (IV) methods (v) Regression discontinuity (RD) design. The course also includes a module on operationalizing and managing an impact evaluation.

Participants: The course targets policymakers, researchers, and development specialists working for government ministries, municipalities, and local development agencies, statistical agencies, and NGOs, looking to gain knowledge of impact evaluation methods. (10-20 people)

Prerequisites:  The course will require basic knowledge of statistics.
Duration: 3 days

Qualitative Methods for Social Research

Data collected from qualitative research methods serve two key functions for the successful design and execution of social policy interventions. Firstly, qualitative research methods provide project and policy designers and evaluators with a nuanced and thorough understanding of the needs of individuals, households, and communities as well as social relations and state-citizen relations.  Qualitative research methods are particularly useful in capturing target communities’ reactions to social policy programs and interventions. Secondly, data collected using qualitative research methods for monitoring and evaluation purposes help identify both the successful and problematic features of a policy or project. This seminar is intended to familiarize researchers with the more commonly used qualitative research methods. It will help them to utilize these methods in their own research or evaluate the qualitative work that others have done.  Semi-structured interviews, in-depth interviews,  focus groups, participant observation, ethnographic work, qualitative data collection such as the use of images, personal experiences, biographical and historical methods are such methods that are used widely in social research, and which will be covered in this training at an introductory level.

This beginner-level course will also include a general introduction to data analysis software packages in particular NVIVO for qualitative researchers. NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software package, which is used widely among social scientists. It provides tools for qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical, audio, and video data.  The section of the course is designed as a hands-on workshop where participants will get to explore the basic functions of NVIVO for qualitative data coding and analysis. Participants will also be introduced to useful online manuals, which they can use to self-teach advanced functions of the software packages.

Participants: The course targets anyone involved in conducting a needs assessment for policy and project design purposes, and those who are involved in policy or project monitoring and evaluation activities. (10-20 people)
Prerequisites:  No requirements
Duration: 1 day

Past Trainings

Enhancing Advocacy Capacities of Youth CSOs in Turkey: Guiding CSOs through Research

Youth, civic participation, advocacy, trainings

April 2019 – October 2020

This project aims to provide background research on the situation of young people who are “neither in education nor in employment or training” (NEET), highlight CSO models in Turkey that address this problem, and strengthen the capacity of CSOs working in the field of youth empowerment. By analysing the situation, building capacity at youth CSOs, and introducing their models to experts at relevant ministries the project aims to enrich the ongoing policy discussions on the issue of NEET.  The project has three main activity packages: (i) Building knowledge and research with a baseline research study, (ii) Training and capacity building workshops in youth CSOs and preparation of a handbook, (iii) Dissemination, advocacy, and networking workshops.

The project is led by Development Analytics with Hayal Ortakları Derneği (YGA) as a co-applicant. The project is funded by the European Union under the Grant Scheme for Civil Society Support Programme.

📖 Download the Report  / the Summary (English)

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Impact Evaluation Capacity Building for Eastern and South-eastern Anatolia Development Agencies

Impact Evaluation Training

Many countries and governments around the world have prioritized impact evaluations of existing programs in order to base fiscal decisions on evidence-based results of the impact of programs. In this respect, this project titled “Impact  Evaluation Capacity Building for  Eastern and South-eastern Anatolia Development Agencies” aimed to contribute to sustainable and evidence-based policy-making in regional development in Turkey by increasing the analytical capacity of regional development agency staff in eastern and south-eastern regions of the country through trainings and capacity building in quantitative counterfactual impact evaluation methods.

The project was led by the Eastern Anatolia Development Agency (Doğu Anadolu Kalkınma Ajansı - DAKA) with the technical support provided by Development Analytics and Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The project was funded by the European Union under the Civil Society Dialogue between EU and Turkey – IV – Regional Policy and Coordination of Structural Instrument Grant Scheme.

📖 Download the Handbook titled "Impact Evaluation Methods in Evaluating Development Programmes and Applications from Turkey" here.

February 2016 - August 2017

Master Class on Value of Money in Education

This half-day technical session delivered in Johannesburg, South Africa to senior-level bureaucrats in Ministries of Finance from African countries, was designed to introduce concepts and methodologies in value for money analysis in the education sector. The session included measurement methods such as (i) benefit incidence analysis (ii) provider level quantitative surveys (PETS) and (iii) an introduction to quantitative impact evaluation methods. The course used country and program case studies to illustrate methodologies.

September 2014

Training on Impact Evaluation Methods for Use in Agriculture to Ministerial Delegates from 13 African Countries

Impact Evaluation Training

This two-day workshop was designed to present senior-level bureaucrats ex-ante and ex-post quantitative evaluation methodologies in agriculture in Africa. a key-note paper and case studies were prepared in advance to be presented in the workshop. The workshop which was organized by CABRI took place in Johannesburg at the CABRI Tools to Assess Value for Money in Agriculture: Agriculture Sector Dialogue on April 14-15, 2014 and was attended by senior participants from Ministries of Agriculture and Finance representing 13 African countries.

April 2014

Capacity Building Workshop on Quantitative Impact Evaluation Methodologies

Karacadağ Development Agency, Diyarbakır - Turkey

May 2013

This two-day technical course was designed to introduce concepts and methodologies in quantitative impact evaluation. The course uses country and program case studies to illustrate methodologies and introduces the following methodologies: (i) Randomized evaluations (ii) Matching methods, specifically propensity score matching (PSM), (iii) Double-difference (DD) methods, (iv) Instrumental variable (IV) methods (v) Regression discontinuity (RD) design. The course also included a module on operationalizing and managing an impact evaluation.

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