Spring 2024 School of International & Public Affairs U8500 section 001

Quantitative Methods in Program Evaluati

Quant Methods in Program Eval

Call Number 10353
Day & Time
W 11:00am-12:50pm
501B International Affairs Building
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Alan S Yang
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description Prerequisites: SIPA U6501 The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic knowledge of how to perform some more advanced statistical methods useful in answering policy questions using observational or experimental data. It will also allow them to more critically review research published that claims to answer causal policy questions. The primary focus is on the challenge of answering causal questions that take the form Did A cause B? using data that do not conform to a perfectly controlled randomized study. Examples from real policy studies and quantitative program evaluations will be used throughout the course to illustrate key ideas and methods. First, we will explore how best to design a study to answer causal questions given the logistical and ethical constraints that exist. We will consider both experimental and quasi- experimental (observational studies) research designs, and then discuss several approaches to drawing causal inferences from observational studies including propensity score matching, interrupted time series designs, instrumental variables, difference in differences, fixed effects models, and regression discontinuity designs. As this course will focus on quantitative methods, a strong understanding of multivariate regression analysis is a prerequisite for the material covered. Students must have taken two semesters of statistics (SIPA U6500 & U6501 or the equivalent) and have a good working knowledge of STATA
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Department International and Public Affairs
Enrollment 12 students (23 max) as of 1:07PM Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Subject School of International & Public Affairs
Number U8500
Section 001
Division School of International and Public Affairs
Open To SIPA
Campus Morningside
Note Pre-req: SIPAU6501. DAQA Priority Reg.
Section key 20241SIPA8500U001