Public Program Evaluation

Course Description:

Program evaluations supply information to assist program managers and policymakers in making decisions about which programs to fund, modify, expand or eliminate. Program evaluations, when done well, are necessary to figure out what works in which contexts and for whom. This course serves as an introduction to the research methods and analysis strategies commonly used to assess the impact of publicly funded programs. Students will become familiar with the concepts, methods, and applications of evaluation research; learn how to read evaluation research critically; understand how to use evaluation results to inform policy design and implementation; and will be able to design an original impact evaluation of a policy or program.

Recommended Textbooks:

Langbein, L. (2012). Public program evaluation: A statistical guide. 2nd Edition. Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe.

Wholey, J., Hatry, H. & Newcomer, K. (2010). Handbook of practical program evaluation. 3rd edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Available for free as an e-book through the AU library: http://catalog.wrlc.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=13315061