Atlas108 Analytic Methods and Evaluation
… one of the core Atlas Courses
Atlas course syllabus [EARLY DRAFT]
This Atlas course syllabus combines the 6 normed topics in Analytic Methods and the 6 normed topics in Evaluation and Performance Measurement deemed to be core learning requirements for graduates of MPP and MPA programs.
On successful completion of this course students will have the skills and knowledge to be able to analyze public management problems by appropriately utilizing the theories and principles in the normed topics and concepts noted below.
The topics are normed in having a volume of content capable of being taught in one course-week of instruction − nominally 3 hours of in-class work and 7 hours of outside-class reading.
- The Study of Analytic Methods for Public Management
- Working with Spreadsheets
- Decision Analysis
- Cost-Benefit Analysis
- Project Management
- TQM, Six Sigma, and Lean
- The Study of Evaluation and Performance Measurement
- Fundamental Identification Problem: Causality, Counterfactual Responses, Heterogeneity, Selection
- Assessing the Confounding Effects of Unobserved Factors
- Sensitivity Analysis
- Data Collection Strategies
- Performance Measurement and Performance Management
Like other normed topics on the Atlas, each of these has a topic description, links to core concepts relevant to the topic, learning outcomes, a reading list drawn from available course syllabi, and a series of assessment questions.
Concepts to be learned
Concepts listed alphabetically under topics
(Old Atlas – first draft list)
Excel Basics – The Interface
Excel Data Formatting, Grouping, Showing & Hiding
Excel Data Inputting
Excel Data Referencing – Absolute & Relative
Excel Data Functions – Mathematical, Statistical
Excel Data Generation – Time, Date, Random
Excel Data Comparison – Logical & Conditional Formatting
Excel Data Seeking – Reference, Search
Excel Text Functions
Excel Data Determination – Goal Seek, What-If
Excel Working with Complex Formula – Tracing
Excel Data Checking & Validation
Excel Presenting Data – Formatting
Excel Presenting Data – Tables
Excel Presenting Data Visually
Course syllabi sources
University of Toronto: PPG-1001,PPG-1007, PPG-1008 & PPG-2021; Carleton PADM-5814 & PADM-5272; Harvard Kennedy School: API-201 & API-139M & MLD-110B; University of Chicago: PPHA-31920; University of Singapore: PP-6703; University of Illinois-Chicago: PA-526; University of Saskatchewan-Regina: JSGS-828; Rutgers (Bloustein): 34:833:543 & 34:833:632; Carleton PADM-5420; Harvard Kennedy School: API-208 & MLD-101B; NYU Wagner School: GP-2170 & GP-2171; American University: PUAD-604; Rutgers: 34:833:632; Maryland: PUAF-689Xl; University of Southern California: PPD-560; Northern Carolina State University: PA-511.
Sample assessment questions
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