Today, data, evaluation, and analysis are omnipresent in public and nonprofit organizations as managers and analysts work to craft cost-effective interventions, funders demand high quality evidence of efficacy, and the public requires transparency in outcomes. Graduates need skills and experience in applying frameworks developed in the core curriculum to policy analysis and program evaluation to meet these new demands.
The Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation concentration deepens students’ skills in analysis and evaluation beyond the skills learned in our core courses. Courses in this concentration are designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement analysis and evaluation in a broad set of institutional contexts, thereby preparing students for careers in which these skills can be applied to a wide variety of policy areas.
Some of the courses in this concentration are specifically focused on generalizable methods (e.g., applied cost-benefit analysis, advanced multivariate analysis, qualitative methods), while others are courses that are cross-listed with specific policy area concentrations (e.g., environmental risk analysis).
Sample courses include:
- Psychology for Policy Analysis (PUBPOL 514)
- Applied Cost Benefit Analysis (PUBPOL 518)
- Qualitative Analysis (PUBPOL 525)
- Advanced Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis (PUBPOL 529)
- Social Policy Analysis and Management (PUBPOL 570)
- Environmental Risk Analysis (PUBPOL 588)
- Advanced Program Evaluation (PUBPOL 599)