Course date

18 July - 22 July, 2016
The application process is closed.
This is a Sub-Course of: 
Course Director(s): 

Douglas Besharov

School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Course Faculty: 

Douglas Call

School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Guest Speaker(s): 

Neil Gilbert

School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, USA

David Myers

American Institutes for Research, Washington D.C., USA

Anu Rangarajan

Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, USA

David Seidenfeld

International Research and Evaluation, American Institutes for Research

Logic models have emerged as a major tool for improving public and private social programs at every stage of their operations, from initial program planning to implementation and management and through evaluation. As a result, worldwide, they are used increasingly by all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, funding agencies, and researchers. The ability to develop and assess logic models is now a much sought-after skill for social welfare professionals. Lectures will be led by Professor Douglas J. Besharov of the University of Maryland together with a team of internationally renowned experts in the field of program evaluation and performance measurement.

Course Summary

This course provides an introduction to the use of logic models in program planning, implementation, performance management, and program evaluation. Students will learn how to develop a logic model for a real-world program, including how to identify logic model elements for scientifically rigorous process and impact evaluations, and for practical performance measurement systems. Pragmatic applications are emphasized throughout. (Class will be in English.)

Course Topics

Logic models, with a focus on effectiveness as well as operational efficiency. An overview of the uses and elements of logic models, measuring outcomes and impacts (as well as activities and outputs), causal attribution and the counterfactual, and a taxonomy of key data elements (that is, the dependent and independent variables that help identify causation). 
Process evaluations. How to design, conduct, and assess types of process evaluations (including descriptive studies, implementation evaluations, and continuous monitoring); using logic models as a template for doing so; and the practical, political, and normative obstacles to conducting of process evaluations.
Randomized control trials and other evaluation methodologies. An overview of  the ethical issues often posed when planning an RCT, the potential research questions concerning program impact that can be addressed, , and a hands-on discussion, including presentation of the design, analytic methods, and results of a just completed, large scale RCT of a conditional cash transfer experiment in Zambia. Also, a discussion of other methods of identifying the counterfactual (including comparisons-to-self/intertemporal comparisons, comparison groups, econometric evaluations, and instrumental variable designs).
Performance measurement. How to design and evaluate performance measures, including the different types of performance measures; options for data collection, the validity and reliability of various measures; simple ways to identify the counterfactual for outcome and impact measures; and the practical, political, and normative obstacles to implementing performance measurement systems.

Course Schedule

The course will meet daily (tentatively 9:00-15:00)  July 18–July 22, 2016 at Central European University’s campus in downtown Budapest. 

Application Deadline  

Applications are accepted until 23:59 on April 15, 2016. Students who register before March 15, 2016 benefit from a reduced fee. See more information below. 

Course Credit 

Students can take the course for one ECTS credit and a Certificate of Completion from Central European University, or a Certificate of Completion from the University of Maryland, or both. 

Target Audience

The course is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students studying international development, public policy, and social policy. Government and non-profit practitioners are also eligible.

Social/Cultural Opportunities

During the summer session, CEU offers a number of social/cultural opportunities for students. For more information, click here.

Course Cost 

The base fee for the course is 910 USD. (“Early bird” students who enroll prior to March 15, 2016 benefit from a reduced tuition fee of 800 USD.)
• A reduced fee of 680 USD is available for current students, as well as applicants from developing countries. (“Early bird” students who enroll prior to March 15, 2016 benefit from a reduced fee of 575 USD.)
A reduced fee of 480 USD is available for those who are employed by a small non-profit organization (annual turnover below 200,000 USD) or by the government of a developing country. (“Early bird” students who enroll prior to March 15, 2016 benefit from a reduced fee of 375 USD.)


To register for the course, please go here


For any specific questions regarding the course please contact: Michael Goodhart at