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 normed topics (first draft)
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 (more to come)
Evaluation Purposes, Types and Questions

Sensitivity Analysis

Intangible Benefits of Programs


Results Chain

Beneficiaries; Best Practices

Departmental Evaluation Plan

Departmental Performance Report

Economy (in evaluation)

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Products

Formative Evaluation

Gaming (in evaluation)

Gender-based Analysis (GBA)

Impact Evaluation

Open Systems Approach

Program Evaluation

Project/Program Objective

Terms of Reference (in evaluation)

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


Baseline Information

Causal Chain

Causal Images

Causal Relationship



Evaluation Assessment

Needs Assessment

Policy Outputs vs. Outcomes

Program Logic


Assessing the Confounding Effects of Unobserved Factors


Single Difference (in impact evaluation)

Sensitivity Analysis

Diagnostic Procedures

Logic Model

Data Collection Strategies

Case Studies

Elite Interviews

Literature Review

Performance Measurement and Performance Management


Expected Result

Intermediate Outcome

Lessons Learned






Performance Audit

Performance Criteria

Performance Expectations

Performance Indicator

Performance Measure

Performance Measurement

Performance Measurement Strategy

Performance Monitoring

Performance Reporting

Performance Story

Productivity in the Public Sector

Results-Based Management

Results-Based Reporting

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 5 June 2016.

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