Impact Analysis Capstone

After finishing the two extensive courses on Foundations of Impact and Evaluating Impact, the third and final CPIA-I course will provide hands-on training for participants to apply impact analysis on the entire lifecycle of a project or policy. 

This one week of intensive, practical learning gives participants the opportunity to apply their skills assessing socio-economic feasibility (CBA and CEA), considering financing options, and designing right-fit monitoring and evaluation strategies to real world projects and policies.

Participants will be divided into groups of four, where each group will be assigned a coach to monitor progress. Project coaches are experienced professional impact analysts who have in-depth knowledge of the group’s project/policy and its sector. The participants will develop reports and presentations to communicate their findings tailored to the needs of different stakeholders. 

The course is offered over a single week, on a full-time basis. Participants are not expected to have any other engagement during this week, allowing them to engage deeply on the topics and projects discussed during the course. The innovative delivery method for this course provides many one-on-one coaching opportunities where participants can interact with faculty and bridge any knowledge gap that might prevent their ability to practice impact analysis upon completing the program.

This exercise helps the participants to think independently but also to work along the team across the entire cycle of the project. In this course participants will apply knowledge and skills in:

  • Theory of change and social justification
  • Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis models
  • Recommendations regarding the choice of financing (from grants to 
         innovative models)
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans
  • Communications platforms and institutional strategies

Participants will be offered a choice of policy/project options in different sectors to take through the entire impact analysis life cycle. Alternatively, students may bring their own actual project or policy to work on during the course. This will provide you with an opportunity to apply new skills to your existing work and to receive high quality feedback from our faculty members. Many institutions take advantage of this feature to build capacity and access external expertise, all without slowing down progress on on-going projects. 

Why should I Join?

If you have completed the two courses then the Impact Capstone course helps you to put the theory to practice by applying impact analysis on an actual project or policy. This is a great opportunity to apply new skills to real-world decisions or on your existing work. Queen's University professors Christopher Cotton and Bahman Kashi are available to students throughout the day for individual and group discussion about their projects. At the end of this course you will gain necessary skills to put data to strategic planning, to design and implement programs and allocate resources in the right direction.

Course Format and Engagement

Due to COVID-19, and based on the successful experience in 2020, the Capstone course will be held online during 2022. We use the Zoom platform for the entire week. The live sessions are also recorded and remain accessible to participants.  

Delivery will use real time collaboration technology to allow for creative learning through group work and frequent one on one sessions with the faculty. Group work will utilize virtual whiteboards, meeting rooms, spreadsheets, documents, slide decks, and other co-creation tools. This course is a full-time course - participants must have no other engagements during the course week. Complete course schedule available upon registration or request.

Course Material and Evaluation

All the course material will be available online in English.

After finishing  this course, you are qualified to take the CPIA-I Exam to get your CPIA-I certification. 

Congratulations! You are almost there! 

For more information, or to find out if your project is suitable please email us at 

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