- Code SOCR8202
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Social Research
- Areas of interest Social Research
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Blended
Spring Session 2017
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This course will provide students with a range of analytical techniques that can be used to answer policy and service delivery questions and how to measure the impact of policy. It will cover four key aspects of policy evaluations
- Causation: Did the program or policy have a direct impact on the outcome or outcomes of interest?
- Attribution: What was it about the program or policy that led to that impact?
- Implementation: What can be learned about how was the program or policy delivered?
- Documentation: How can key aspects of the evaluation be reported to an academic and policy audience?
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Explain issues of causal inference and attribution.
2. Specify a research question related to policy evaluation that is answerable using empirical methods.
3. Communicate and critique existing policy evaluations in a rigorous manner.
4. Understand the assumptions, strengths and limitations of the main techniques for evaluating policies.
5. Use statistical software for applying impact evaluation techniques.
6. Conduct empirical research using modern econometric techniques for policy evaluation.
Indicative AssessmentClass participation (5%) LO1-6
Assignment 1 - Critique of selected policy evaluation (1,500 words, 15%) LO3,4
Assignment 2 - Research evaluation using real-world data (3,500 words, 35%) LO2,4,5, 6
Oral presentation - Policy brief from evaluation (10 minutes, 20%) LO4,5,6
Class test (2 hours, 25%) LO1,4,6
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: made up of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and online activities; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsTo be provided on the course Wattle site.
Selected chapters from:
- Glennerster, R., & Takavarasha, K. (2013). Running randomized evaluations: A practical guide. Princeton University Press.
- Angrist, J. D., & Pischke, J. S. (2014). Mastering'metrics: The Path from Cause to Effect. Princeton University Press.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9594||02 Oct 2017||20 Oct 2017||20 Oct 2017||01 Dec 2017||In Person||N/A|