17-19 April 2023 | Executive seminar
This project course introduces students to the challenges that public and non-profit managers (and political leaders) face to improve effectiveness and impact of public policies and investment programs. It is designed to help you to think in a critical and creative manner about the challenges of designing, monitoring and evaluating policies.
The course covers aspects such as building a theory of change to design and evaluate a policies and programmes, which data to collect, thinking about implementing evidence-based changes, differences between monitoring and evaluation and understanding the variety of approaches for assessing and improving public programmes. Accordingly, there will be discussion based on case studies.
The course will be highly interactive in its design and be run more like a workshop than a seminar. It is designed to help you think creatively and critically about designing and evaluating policies and public investments with the objective to improve their quality and effectiveness. We will cover principles of good policy design, monitoring and evaluation methods, both for short and long-term assessments to evaluate whether desired results are achieved.
Students will learn how evidence and analysis can help inform decision-making and assess different types and sources of evidence and will be equipped with tools to understand what does it mean to build and implement a “right-fit” monitoring and evaluation system in practice, how to do so in the most cost-effective manner and how to do so in a manner that generates feedback and allows improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of policies and public investments.