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About the course
Policy evaluations are important for evidence-based decision-making. Policymakers need an understanding of the policies that worked, and those that haven’t, to make informed decisions. This course will develop your skills to confidently interpret the findings presented in evaluation studies and understand the intuition behind the most common evaluation tools. Attending this course will give participants the knowledge required to read, interpret and critically assess evaluation studies. Participants will learn about the possibilities and limitations of applying evaluation tools to a range of public policy areas.
Policy evaluations are important for evidence-based decision-making. Policymakers need an understanding of the policies that have worked (and those that haven’t) to make informed decisions. Evidence-based decision-making requires the ability to judge the quality and relevance of evaluation studies.
The course will cover four main topics:
- Counterfactual analysis 101: If kangaroos had no tails, they would topple over
- Experimental methods
- Non-experimental methods
- Examples and applications
The course will give an introduction to some of the key features of public policy evaluation, provide an overview of the types of data sources that are required to evaluate policy measures and explain the intuition behind the most common evaluation tools (such as randomisation, difference-in-difference estimation and regression discontinuity). The course will provide examples for the application of these tools to a range of public policy areas, including behavioural insights, tax and transfer policy, labour market policy, education policy, health policy, etc.
The course will provide participants with the knowledge they require to read, interpret and critically assess evaluation studies. The course will combine intuitive explanations with practical examples. The course is suitable for beginners and as a refresher for those with an economics/statistics background.
Trust the experts
Mathias Sinning is the Deputy Director of the ANU Tax and Transfer Policy Institute. He has previously held academic appointments at the ANU and the University of Queensland and has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University. Mathias is interested in the empirical analysis of issues related t...