• Offered by POLIS: The Centre for Social Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Areas of interest Social Research
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Gray
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2024
    Second Semester 2024
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For 2024, this course will be offered in an intensive format during this period: Tuesday April 16 to Monday April 22 excluding the weekend.

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?

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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; and
  6. conduct empirical research using modern econometric techniques for policy evaluation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Assignment 1 - Critique of selected policy evaluation (1,500 words) (15) [LO 3,4]
  3. Assignment 2 - Research evaluation using real-world data (3,500 words) (35) [LO 2,4,5,6]
  4. Oral presentation - Policy brief from evaluation (10 minutes) (20) [LO 4,5,6]
  5. Class test (2 hours) (25) [LO 1,4,6]

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Workload

130 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.

Prescribed Texts

To be provided on the course Wattle site.

Preliminary Reading

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.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5446 18 Mar 2024 29 Mar 2024 05 Apr 2024 13 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8445 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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