International development, Public policy, Social policy

In co-operation with the Budapest Institute, Hungary and the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, USA


Course date

18 July - 22 July, 2016
Application deadline for "Policy Evaluation":
14 February, 2016
Application deadline for "Using Logic Models":
15 April, 2016
Course Director(s): 

Douglas Besharov

School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Balázs Váradi

Budapest Institute for Policy Analysis, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Anna Adamecz-Volgyi

Budapest Institute for Policy Analysis, Budapest, Hungary

Douglas Call

School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Marc Gurgand

Paris School of Economics, Paris, France

Gabor Kezdi

Department of Economics, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Agota Scharle

Budapest Institute for Policy Analysis, Budapest, Hungary
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
The Summer Institute offers two parallel sub-courses on policy evaluation for graduate and advanced undergraduate students as well as practitioners such as government officials and professionals in non-governmental organizations. Applications are invited from those interested in methods of evaluation in international development, public policy and social policy.
The initial syllabi include the following main topics:
Sub-course #1: Policy Evaluation for Civil Servants and NGO Executives
Two partially overlapping tracks: Public Policy Introduction (P) and Quantitative Methods of Ex Post Evaluation (E) 
Timeline I 
Intro to Statistics (E)
The Policy Cycle: Agenda setting and Policy Design   (P) 
Intro to Impact Evaluation: fundamentals (E) 
Random experiments (E)
The Policy Cycle: Decision Making and Implementation   (P) 
Discussion of own evaluation plans (E)
Matching methods (E)
Difference-in-differences (E)
Instrumental Variables (E)
Group work session on own evaluation plans (E)
Regression Discontinuity (E)
Distributional Effects (E)
Equilibrium Effects (E)
Evaluation plans: presentations  (E)
Summary: what have we learnt?  (P,E)
Sub-course #2: Using Logic Models to Evaluate Social Programs: Before, During, and After Program Operations

Participants may opt to take the sub-course for

Logic models and the counterfactual (with Doug Besharov, University of Maryland)
Process evaluations (with Anu Rangarajan, Vice President and Managing Director, International Research Division, Mathematica Policy Research)
Identifying the counterfactual: RCTs and other methodologies (with David Myers, President & CEO, American Institutes for Research)
Performance measurement (with Doug Call, University of Maryland)
Wrap up and student reports (with Neil Gilbert, Professor, University of California, Berkeley)