Summer (1st Session) 2009 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Evaluation & Cost-Benefit Analysis for Global Policy
Instructor(s): Jane Lincove
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 93820
Room: SRH 1.320
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Enrollment by instructor permission/ Meets May 26 through May 29th

Description: This course provides a theoretical foundation for conducting evaluation of policies and projects in an international context and teaches practical methods for application in the field. Students will learn the theoretical foundation of cost-benefit analysis, including strategies for valuation, discounting, weighting the distribution of costs and benefits, and addressing risk and uncertainty. Students will learn to adapt methods for implementation in real world evaluation under political, time, and budget constraints.

Class Schedule: Class will meet daily from Tuesday, May 26 to Friday, May 29 from 9 am to 5 pm, ILAS 1.320. Attendance at all four class sessions in mandatory. A final required meeting will be scheduled in September, based on student schedules.

Grading: Students will complete an independent evaluation project, preferably in conjunction with a summer internship. To get a passing grade, you must complete an independent evaluation project. Because of summer internships, it is expected that students will receive an incomplete for the summer term and grades will be assigned during Fall 2009. The final deadline for all assignments is October 1, 2009. If work is not complete by this deadline, incompletes will be changed to F.

1. Attendance and class participation--10%
All students must attend all four class sessions, complete reading assignments, and participate in class discussion including an oral review of a CBA paper.

2. In-class problem sets--30%
Problem sets will apply practical concepts discussed in class. There will time in class to work on problem sets in groups.

3. Project proposal--10%
A one-page proposal including the purpose of the project and identification of data sources.

4. Written project--40%
5-10 page written report of project objectives, methods, data, results, and recommendations.

5. Project presentation--10%
Students will present a 15-minute summary of the purpose and results of the project.

Textbooks: (1) Brent, Robert J. (2006). Applied Cost-Benefit Analysis, 2nd edition. Edward Elgar Publishing: Massachusetts; (2) Bamberger, Michael, Rugh, Jim, & Mabry, Linda (2006). Real World Evaluation, Sage Publications: California.

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