University of Maryland Non-Credit Summer Program in Paris

Monday, July 1, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, July 13, 2019 (All day)
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Location: Paris, France

Non-Credit Summer Program
Program Evaluation and Applied Policy Analysis

Application deadline: June 15, 2019

 Program evaluation has emerged as a major tool for improving public and private social programs at every stage of their operations. As a result, worldwide, it is used increasingly by all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, funding agencies, and researchers. The ability to understand, describe, and critique program evaluations, and also to identify the policy implications of specific findings, has become a much sought-after skill for social welfare professionals.

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that it will offer a non-credit version of our public policy course titled “Program Evaluation and Applied Policy Analysis” where students will learn the tools of program evaluation. The course will be offered in partnership with the Economics Department at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, and run in tandem with the for-credit version.

The core faculty for the program will be:

  • Douglas J. Besharov, University of Maryland, College Park (Program Director); and
  • Douglas M. Call, University of Maryland, College Park

The faculty will be augmented by a number of guest faculty who are luminaries in the field of program evaluation:

  • Neil Gilbert, University of California, Berkeley;
  • David Myers, President and CEO, American Institutes for Research;
  • Anu Rangarajan, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International Research Division, Mathematica Policy Research;
  • Stefano Scarpetta, Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD; and
  • David Seidenfeld, Vice President, International Research and Evaluation, American Institutes for Research

 Course Summary
This course is designed teach the concepts of program evaluation. Course topics include the preparation of policy analyses, evaluation methodologies for identifying the counterfactual, assessment of causal validity in research publications, and methods for synthesizing research.

(Classes will be in English.)

Course Schedule and Facilities
The course will meet daily (tentatively 9:30-13:00) Monday–Friday for two weeks from July 1 through July 13, 2019 at the Economics Department at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and the OECD.

The course is open to all policy practitioners, researchers, and academics interested in program evaluation.

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted until 23:59 on June 15, 2019. Students who register before April 1, 2019 benefit from a reduced fee. See more information below.

Applicants can register for the course using the attached application. Completed applications as well as questions about the registration process should be directed to Ying Yin of the University of Maryland.

In previous summers, participants stayed at the United States dorm on the campus of Cité International Universitaire de Paris. For the non-credit version, however, applicants are free to find their own housing.

For any specific questions regarding the course, please contact: Ying Yin of the University of Maryland.