This project course introduces students to the challenges that policy makers and non-profit managers (and political leaders) face in improving effectiveness and impact of public policies, programs and investments. It is designed to help students think about the challenges of monitoring and evaluating public interventions in a critical and creative manner. The course covers aspects such as building a theory of change to assess and improve a program, which data to collect, implementing evidence-based changes, differences between monitoring and evaluation, and understanding the variety of approaches for assessing and improving public programs.
The course will be highly interactive and will be run more like a workshop than a seminar. It is designed to help students think creatively and critically about monitoring and evaluation, and its main purpose is to assess and improve public programs and investments made by governments and NGOs. It aims to equip students with an understanding of what it means to build and implement a monitoring and evaluation system in practice, and how to do so in the most cost-effective manner while generating feedback and allowing for management improvement.
This course is for 1st year MPP students only.