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Schanzah Khalid

Schanzah Khalid

Title Research Associate
Project Asset Transfer Program
Duration June 2014-Current
Degree Masters in Public Policy
University University of Chicago

Profile: Schanzah completed her Masters degree in Public Policy as a Fulbright scholar from the University of Chicago in 2012. Prior to this, she worked for a USAID project focused on rehabilitation and economic development in Swat, KPK. She also has a BSc. in Economics from LUMS (2010). She is interested in measuring the impact of poverty reduction policies in Pakistan and studying the role of foreign aid in development. Schanzah joined CERP in July 2014 as Research Associate for the Asset Transfer Project.

Rania Nasir

Rania Nasir

Title Research Associate
Project Punjab Economic Opportunities Program
Duration August 2014-Current
Degree Masters in Public Administration, 2014
University Columbia University

Profile: Rania Nasir is currently working as a Research Associate on the Punjab Economic Opportunities Program (PEOP). She has completed a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University where she specialized in Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis. She has previously worked on a formative evaluation in Vietnam and interned on an impact evaluation in Uganda for Innovations for Poverty Action.

Yumna Rathore

Yumna Rathore

Title Project Coordinator
Project Mobile Money
Duration September 2015-Current
Degree Master's in Public Administration
University University of Pittsburgh

Profile: Yumna has a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Policy Research and Analysis from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor's in Economics and International Relations from Knox College. Before joining CERP, Yumna was an International Consultant at the United Nations Development Programme China where she worked with different private sector partners to implement innovative marketing and advocacy campaigns on UNDP’s energy, environment and poverty reduction portfolio. At CERP, Yumna works on the Mobile Money project, researching and evaluating to improve adoption and usage of mobile money, ultimately working to enhance financial inclusion of the poor in Pakistan.


Evidence-Based Program Design

Program Session: April 24-28, 2017
Venue: Lahore, Pakistan 





Presented in collaboration with

Evidence For Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School
Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR)
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


How can we ensure that development policies and programs in Pakistan achieve maximum impact? This question is at the core of CERP’s flagship Evidence-Based Program Design and Implementation workshop, a five-day training workshop led by leading faculty from Harvard University, London School of Economics, and Lahore University of Management Sciences. This workshop will provide participants with the technical tools required to apply a structured and highly practical approach to program design and implementation that incorporates economic theory and evidence at every stage to maximize program effectiveness. This approach emphasizes expanding the scope of traditional monitoring and evaluation methods.

What Does This Course Offer?

The course will enable participants to:

  • adopt a structured approach to problem solving using theory and evidence
  • deepen their understanding of theory of change and indicator development
  • examine impact of programs using data-driven experimental and non-experimental evaluation methods
  • understand data collection processes, sampling design and data collection methods
  • apply the Smart Policy Design framework to real-world problems – this new approach to program design, pioneered by experts at Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), incorporates key insights from the policy context, accounts for and reflects individuals’ incentives, and makes smart use of data and feedback loops to constantly design, test and refine programs and policy solutions.

For an overview of course lectures please click here

Who Should Attend

The program is designed for a broad range of actors who play strategic decision-making roles in their organizations, including:

  • practitioners working in the development sector
  • mid-tier government officials in policy programs
  • researchers, academicians, and economists
  • managers and project officers


Pedagogical Techniques

The program uses a blend of pedagogical techniques, each of which adds its own flavor to the overall experience of our participants.

Lectures and in-class case studies

In-class lectures delivered by CERP’s international Research Fellows and Board Members bring in a wealth of knowledge on the EPoD Smart Policy Design, effective M&E practices, sampling and data collection protocols and evaluation methods used in research. Case studies provide valuable insight into the local policy context and allow participants to engage directly with issues relevant to their fields.


Blended learning through Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) modules

The course provides participants access to online digital modules developed by EPoD in collaboration with the Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence (SLATE) at Harvard. These modules aim to build skills for using data and evidence in decision-making through an innovative blended learning approach that integrates individual computer-based learning with active learning in the classroom.

Group work

Group work sessions run across all four days of the course, allowing participants to interact with peers from diverse backgrounds to develop solutions to assigned real-world problems by applying the Smart Policy Design framework. Participants will work under close mentorship of CERP faculty and training assistants to strategize and refine their program design proposals. Groups will present their work on the final day of the course which will be followed by feedback from faculty and peers.


The program will be taught by CERP Research Fellows based at Harvard University, University College London, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and CERP Research Staff, bringing a wealth of knowledge on M&E practices and evaluation methods used in research in Pakistan.  

Click here to view faculty profiles

Application Procedure

 Interested applicants are required to fill out the application form by April 2, 11:59 p.m.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed via email by April 7.
  • Shortlisted participants will be required to confirm their participation by April 13.
  • Final payment deadline is April 20.

Venue, Fees and Scholarships

The course will be held in Lahore. Venue will be communicated to participants closer to the course dates.

The fees for the course are as follow

Organization Type Course Fee
International donor organization/NGOs     PKR 150,000
Donor-funded programs/NGOs     PKR 150,000
Corporate PKR 150,000
Local NGOs     PKR 100,000
Research/Academia     PKR 100,000
Government PKR 100,000


Organizations sending more than 3 participants are eligible for a group discount of up to 20%.

Applications received by 20th March are eligible for a 10% early bird discount. A limited number of needs based

scholarships are available. Applications must justify their eligibility for scholarship in the application form.