Academics

Program Evaluation & Data Analysis

Course Number: GAFL 641

This course introduces program evaluation in the context of research methods. Students learn about design and the application of data collection skills to all phases of program/service delivery from needs assessment to analysis of findings to implementation of changes based on results. Students learn to appreciate how these skills can be used as practical tools for identifying problems to developing and implementing programs. This applied course provides students with practical experiences to apply guidelines of evaluation and research methods in actual program evaluation projects in Philadelphia. 

Semesters Offered

Course Section: 900
On-Campus Day(s): Friday, Saturday
On-Campus Time(s):

On-campus meetings for Summer 2017 will be on:

  • Fridays from 2:00pm-5:30pm on May 19, June 23, and July 21
  • Saturdays from 2:00pm-5:30pm on May 20, June 24, and July 22
Online Day(s): Monday
Online Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Course Description:

This course introduces program evaluation in the context of research methods. Students learn about design and the application of data collection skills to all phases of program/service delivery from needs assessment to analysis of findings to implementation of changes based on results. Students learn to appreciate how these skills can be used as practical tools for identifying problems to developing and implementing programs. This applied course provides students with practical experiences to apply guidelines of evaluation and research methods in actual program evaluation projects in the Philadelphia region.  

Instructor: Nelson Lim
Course Section: 001
Day(s): Monday, Wednesday
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Course Location: On-Campus
Course Description:

This course is a requirement for MPA full-time students who started in Fall 2015 or later. It is an elective for MPA full-time students who started Fall 2014 or earlier.

One of the trademarks of the 21st century public management is the usage of data and analysis in the decision making process. A successful public leader will use empirical evidence to guide her decisions. She knows what types of data and analysis she should ask her analysts to collect and conduct, how to consume the results they generate, and how to transform analytical results into effective communication with stakeholders. This class will help you become that 21st century public leader. My goal for this class is to teach you fundamental ideas of performance management, program evaluation, and data analysis. At the end of this course, you will understand key principles of performance measures and program evaluation, be able to process, manage, and analyze quantitative data using Excel, and learn to write basic programing tasks using R. I picked Excel because it is a standard software that most organizations already have. It is not an ideal software to conduct sophisticated statistical analysis, but being a power-user of Excel will make you a valued employee. I will teach you how to use it to conduct reproducible analysis using R. It is the future of quantitative analysis. Most importantly, it is free. Knowing how to use R is an attractive skill for your employer. In addition, I will teach you how to transform analytical results into effective communication.

Program Evaluation & Data Analysis Summer 2016 On-Campus
Course Section: 900
Day(s): Friday, Saturday
Time: 2:00-5:30pm
Hybrid Course: Yes, this class meets On-Campus and Online.
Hybrid Days and Time:

This class will also meet on campus on May 20-21, June 24-25, July 22-23. Online meetings will be held on Mondays 6:30-7:30pm.

Course Location: On-Campus
Course Description:

On-campus meetings for Summer 2016 will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, on the following dates: May 20, 21; June 24, 25; July 22, 23.  Class will start at 2:00pm and run until 5:30pm.

Course Section: 900
Day(s): Monday
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Course Location: Online

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu