Evaluation and Performance Measurement

… one of the core Subjects in Public Management

PubFinMgtSubject description

This public management subject, within the Management Functions domain, deals with different strategies for evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and policies. Many of the evaluation methodologies and techniques that are taught in this subject area can be applied to policies and programs in both the public and not-for-profit sectors. The purpose of this subject is to provide students with the analytical tools necessary for the assessment of the validity, effectiveness and impact of policy decisions at each stage of a policy or program’s life cycle. The development of logic models and the identification of appropriate criteria for performance measurement are among the important topics examined within this subject area. In addition to exploring strategies for evaluating programs and policies against their stated objectives, courses in this subject area may also address the challenges of identifying and measuring both positive and negative unintended consequences of government action.

The core topics and concepts of Public Financial Management are listed below and in the Atlas course, Atlas108 Analytic Methods and Evaluation.

Core topics
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

Core concepts
The Study of Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Policy Analysis and Policy Evaluation

Klitgaard’s Policy Analysis and Evaluation Version 2.0

Contrasting Purposes of Evaluation

Categories of Program Evaluation

Process Evaluation

Efficiency Evaluation

Impact Evaluation

Logic Models

Theory of Change

Cost-Benefit Analysis in Evaluation

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Discount Rate

Net Present Value (NPV)

Fundamental Identification Problem: Causality, Counterfactual Responses, Heterogeneity, Selection

TO COME

Assessing the Confounding Effects of Unobserved Factors
Sensitivity Analysis

TO COME

Data Collection Strategies
Performance Measurement and Performance Management

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