Lecture 02 - Index Cards Name Major, year Hometown...

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Index Cards Name Major, year Hometown Statistics classes you’ve taken Policy Interests (e.g., health, education, welfare, business, int’l development, etc.) Self - Portrait
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Statistics/Stata Review Random variables, means, variance, std. deviation. Relations between two variables: covariances, correlation Properties of expectations, statistical independence Statistical inference - sampling distributions, t-tests, etc. Choose your adventure: A) Tuesday class review of statistics and Stata B) Skip the review and on to causality - Stata reviews will be held outside of class (Tues. and Wed. night)
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PAM 330: Overview of Program Evaluation
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Program evaluation defined: “the use of social research methods to systematically investigate the effectiveness of social intervention programs in ways that are adapted to their political and organizational environments and are designed to inform social action to improve social conditions.” - Rossi et al.
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History The modern evaluation literature grows out of rise of social policy and public administrative movements 1930s - After the Depression, government increasingly takes responsibility for welfare of vulnerable citizens (poor, elderly, disabled, etc.) Raises demand for social and economic information 1965 - Kennedy and Johnson War on Poverty and Great Society programs Makes resources available for evaluators and evaluations
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Evaluations in the Current Policy Environment Fiscal conservatives insist (justifiably) for evidence that federally funded programs are ‘worth it.’ Evaluations as a weapon: The NCLB act requires programs (e.g., for ELL students) to be evaluated by ‘scientifically based research’ in order to justify federal funding. Bush White House requires cost-benefit analyses
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