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Programme evaluation for policy analysis (PEPA)

PEPA is a node of the National Centre for Research Methods. PEPA's overall objective is to maximise the value of programme evaluation by improving the design of evaluations and improving the way that such evaluations add to the knowledge base. This will be through research into programme evaluation methods, a range of training and capacity building activities, and a set of substantive applications which will serve as exemplars in the field.

Director: Professor Lorraine Dearden


  • Professor Richard Blundell
  • Professor Andrew Chesher
  • Dr Monica Costa Dias
  • Dr Thomas Crossley
  • Dr Barbara Sianesi

Barbara Sianesi has accepted an invitation to join IZA's dynamic international network of Research Fellows.  Barbara began her Fellowship in August and will continue for an initial period of 3 years.


We are now accepting bookings for the upcoming course "Dynamic Economics in Practice".  The course will be delivered by Monica Costa Dias (IFS) and Cormac O'Dea (IFS) and will take place at UCL Economics Department.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.



On 23 to 25 June 2014 Guido Imbens (Stanford) and Jeffrey Wooldridge (Michigan) will deliver a joint cemmap/PEPA masterclass. This short course on microeconometrics will focus on methods that have proven to be useful in empirical research, including, among other topics, treatment effects, panel data, instrumental variables, and sampling issues.  


The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UKs leading research funding and training agency addressing economic and social concerns.
The ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) forms part of ESRC’s strategy to improve the standards of research methods across the UK social science community.