Special Workshop: Impact Evaluation for Public Health Professionals - Methods, Examples and Future Opportunities

Monday, January 19, 2015 13:00to17:00
Montreal Neurological Institute Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA

In this session, Professor Colford will discuss a variety of study designs and methods employed by epidemiologists, economists, and public policy investigators to generate evidence through “Impact Evaluations” of public health programs; the focus will be on programs related to global health and development.  The underlying principles will be illustrated with detailed examples employing cluster randomized trials, matched cohorts, regression discontinuity, and stepped wedge designs.  The role of (and adjustment for) participant compliance will be highlighted with a discussion of a proposed estimator of complier average causal effects.

Space is limited and registration is mandatory. Please register at:


*Please note that there has been a location change from announcements earlier in 2014, the event will now be taking place at:

Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre
Montreal Neurological Institute
3801 Rue University, Montréal, QC

Jack Colford is a Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.  He trained at Johns Hopkins (medical school), UC San Francisco (Internal Medicine residency, Infectious Diseases fellowship, HIV/AIDS fellowship), Stanford (Chief Medical Resident), and UC Berkeley (MPH and PhD in Epidemiology).  He has received clinical and classroom teaching awards at Stanford, UC San Francisco, and UC Berkeley.  Each year, he teaches three semester-long courses at UC Berkeley on Intervention Trial Design, Impact Evaluation, and Epidemiologic Methods.  Colford’s principal research focus is on interventions designed to reduce diseases related to water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition.  He has been the Principal Investigator of four NIH R01 awards as well as NIH R03 and R21 awards.  He is the Principal Investigator of the WASH Benefits trial (washbenefits.org) funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  WASH Benefits is a 7-arm RCT enrolling 15,000 children in Kenya and Bangladesh designed to evaluate the separate and combined impacts of early childhood interventions targeting water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutritional status on growth and development.

This workshop is hosted by:

  • McGill Global Health Programs
  • Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
  • Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID)
  • L'axe en santé mondiale du Réseau de recherche en santé des populations du Québec
  • Global Health Research Capacity Strengthening Program (GHR-CAPS)
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