Spring 2012 - 62210 - PA397C - Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
Public Program Evaluation
|Instructor(s):|| Heinrich, Carolyn
|Day & Time:||T 9:00 - 12:00 pm|
|Waitlist Information:||For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information|
In addition to the Introduction to Quantitative Analysis course in the common core, MPAff students are required to take another three-hour course in quantitative analysis, selected from among a set of courses focusing on the application of quantitative theory and techniques to policy analysis. Topics offered vary from year to year but include econometrics, demographic techniques, systems analysis, simulation modeling, and quantitative indicator methods. As the second course in the two-course MPAff quantitative sequence, this course is intended to provide students with an in-depth understanding and hands-on experience with a specific quantitative method useful in policy analysis. This course is usually taken during the second semester of the first year.
The focus of this course is public program evaluation: the design and implementation of evaluations and the cutting-edge methods used to evaluate impacts of established programs or policies. As our capacities for data collection and storage have expanded and our tools for evaluation have advanced, the demands for program evaluation have grown exponentially. That said, the estimation of a policy or program’s