Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

PA 974 International Program Evaluation (**)


This course provides an overview of program evaluation, the practice of assessing the efficacy of policy initiatives, with an emphasis on international applications. A primary concern when evaluating a program is ensuring that estimates reflect the causal impact of the program, so we will discuss various strategies for addressing this challenge, including: randomized clinical trials, fixed effects, pre-post designs, difference-in-differences, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and propensity score matching.

Recent Syllabus

Spring 2019


(*) = Routinely Offered

(**) = Commonly Offered (very likely to be offered in the next one to three years)