Public policy

In co-operation with Budapest Institute, Hungary


Course date

18 July - 22 July, 2016
Application for this course is closed.

Experiences of past course participants

2015 course participants said:

"First of all, I got a chance to present my ongoing project/policy initiative and received advice and opinions from professors and classmates (most useful). Regarding the policy cycle, the discussions we had during class gave me some comfort and consolation (if not confidence) that the difficulties and mishaps I face at work are 'normal'. Case studies and examples shared in class also gave me some ideas and inspirations on how to tackle these roadblocks, and I am now resolved to practice more patience."
"Personal stories and cases by Balazs Varadi provided invaluable insight into local and regional political and policy practice, as well as the policy process writ large."
"The course introduced the policy making logic and practice. Helped me to understand in what way I may contribute to public policy process on all levels (governmental, organizational). I learnt new quantitative methods of programs evaluation. Faculty shared a great amount of useful literature with us."
"The course is useful in the preparation of a new project about citizen engagement in policy making that I want to submit."
"Great intro on impact evaluation (despite the time constraint), well prepared input for participants with different knowledge levels. Case studies provided deeper insight on the "how to" with regards to methodological questions of evaluation and policy design (in group work on different policy issues and papers on evaluation very useful)."
"As a researcher and someone who does not have educational background related to policy design, the course was immensely beneficial to me as it provided me with an overview of policy cycle and methodology used in this area."
Please mention the most important things you learnt during this course.
"Methodological approaches including RCT, matching, RDD etc. that are very technical but important to understand when designing a project/program for its future evaluation."
"The importance of Randomized Control Trial (RCT) as a method for carrying out impact evaluation."
"Different methods of impact assessment, with a thorough discussion on different approaches, problems, that helps the implementation."
"I learned about the quasiexperimental methods in evaluation which I knew nothing about before so for me this was a big takeaway."
"The various types of Impact Evaluation methods were useful. It was useful to learn the variety of policy topics from the instructors in the afternoon lectures."
What were the strengths of the CEU summer course you attended?
"Sensible timetable. It allowed not only to have in-class lectures, filmwatching, etc. But also there was time to work with library resources, have peer discussions."
"Good professors, friendly staff, interesting guest lecturers, lovely Budapest and most of all, great participants."
"Faculty was very good. Well designed course, with multiple teaching methods; and broad coverage, serving the purpose it was designed for."
"Participants' diversity, practicality of content, teaching and organizational team; diversity of the background and nationality of the students."
"How the lectures were spaced (intensive lectures in the morning, and more activities & excursions in the afternoon."
"Very experienced professor and the capacity to bring in various relevant guest lecturers."