Development organizations face strict competition for scarce resources. Both public and private organizations are under increasing pressure to use rigorous program evaluation in order to justify funding for their programs and to design more effective programs. This course is an introduction to evaluation methodology and the tools available to development practitioners, drawing on examples from developing countries. It will cover a wide range of evaluation techniques and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. The course is a mix of applied econometrics and practical applications covering implementation, analysis, and interpretation. You will learn to be a critical reader of evaluations, and to develop your own plan to evaluate an existing program of your choice.
Format: seminar; This course will be taught remotely in the Spring of 2021.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
problem sets, short writing assignments, and one collaborative project
one public economics course or microeconomics course (ECON 504 or ECON 110), and one empirical methods course (POEC 253 or ECON 255, 502, or 503)
CDE Students, but undergraduates with the prerequisites are welcome
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PHLH Methods in Public Health
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses