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Fall 2013 - 63603 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Evaluation Methods for Global Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Instructor(s): Weaver, Catherine
Unique Number: 63603
Day & Time: Th 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.122
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

This seminar overviews the various qualitative methods used in both poverty assessment, program design and program evaluation in international development and humanitarian assistance work. We will emphasize training in methods such as Participatory Poverty Assessment, Environmental and Social Assessment, Beneficiary Assessment, and Experimental Design and Evaluation. We will also study data collection methods such as interviews, focus groups, surveys, sampling techniques, and participant and non-participant observation in the field.  While this course will primarily focus on qualitative methods, it will strongly emphasize wide exposure to the means by which we collect, analyze and use data in international development work, and the ethical and analytical concerns that arise therein. We will also closely examine the results-based monitoring and evaluation policies and practices of key international organizations and non-profit/ non-governmental organizations that work in international development and humanitarian assistance. We will study how to evaluate both sector-wide/strategy approaches, such as governance and anti-corruption, as well as program/project-level evaluations in areas such as sustainable livelihoods and food security. The course is intended to complement the quantitatively-oriented courses on program evaluation and advanced methods for global policy analysis that will be offered in the Spring 2014.