Non-Credit Summer Program: “Program Evaluation and Applied Policy Analysis”

June 29-July 13, 2019
Paris, France

Program evaluation has emerged as a major tool for improving public and private social programs at every stage of their operations. As a result, worldwide, it is used increasingly by all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, funding agencies, and researchers. The ability to understand, describe, and critique program evaluations, and also to identify the policy implications of specific findings, has become a much sought-after skill for social welfare professionals.

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that it will offer a non-credit version of our public policy course titled “Program Evaluation and Applied Policy Analysis” where students will learn the tools of program evaluation. The course will be offered in partnership with the Economics Department at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, and run in tandem with the for-credit version, the details of which can be found here.


The core faculty for the program will be:

The faculty will be augmented by a number of guest faculty who are luminaries in the field of program evaluation:

  • Neil Gilbert, University of California, Berkeley;
  • David Myers, President and CEO, American Institutes for Research;
  • Anu Rangarajan, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International Research Division, Mathematica Policy Research;
  • Stefano Scarpetta, Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD; and
  • David Seidenfeld, Vice President, International Research and Evaluation, American Institutes for Research

Course Summary

This course is designed teach the concepts of program evaluation. Course topics include the preparation of policy analyses, evaluation methodologies for identifying the counterfactual, assessment of causal validity in research publications, and methods for synthesizing research.

A preliminary syllabus for the non-credit course will soon be available on the course web page.

(Classes will be in English.)

Course Schedule and Facilities

The course will meet daily (tentatively 9:30-13:00) Monday–Friday for two weeks from July 1 through July 13, 2019 at the Economics Department at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and the OECD.


The course is open to all policy practitioners, researchers, and academics interested in program evaluation.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted until 23:59 on June 15, 2019. Students who register before April 1, 2019 benefit from a reduced fee. See more information below.

Course Cost 

Application Fee:                       50 USD

Enrollment Fee:                        75 USD

Non-credit program fee:             1,300 USD if applying by April 1

1,600 USD if applying by June 15

The program fee includes registration and administration, tuition, housing, course related activities, and teaching services. Participants are responsible for airfare, meals, and other incidental expenses.


Applicants can register for the course using the attached application. Completed applications as well as questions about the registration process should be directed to Ying Yin of the University of Maryland. 


In previous summers, participants stayed at the United States dorm on the campus of Cité International Universitaire de Paris. For the non-credit version, however, applicants are free to find their own housing.

Additional Information

Further information regarding the course format, travel, and other course logistics is available on the course web page.


For any specific questions regarding the course, please contact: Ying Yin of the University of Maryland.

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EUROMOD training course, 20-22 March 2019

The next training course providing a hands-on introduction to the use of EUROMOD will be held in ISER, Essex University on 20-22 March 2019. The closing date for applications is 13 January 2019.

The aim of the course is to provide academics, policy practitioners and other interested users with an introduction to the concepts, structure and functioning of EUROMOD. EUROMOD is a state-of-the art tax-benefit microsimulation model linking micro-data from household surveys and policy legislation in a single user interface. It allows for complex policy impact analysis, such as evaluations of policy reforms in terms of poverty, inequality, work incentives and government budgets, assessments of EU-wide policies or estimation of the impact of changing population characteristics on the redistributive effect of existing policies. EUROMOD covers all 28 EU Member States.

The course will cover the basics of tax-benefit microsimulation, the logic and structure behind EUROMOD, working with EUROMOD’s user interface, input data, EUROMOD’s modelling ‘language’ and using documentation. The course combines lectures with live demonstrations of the model. Participants also have the opportunity to carry out a number of hands-on exercises to test and refine their understanding of the model.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please complete this application form:

The closing date for applications is 13 January 2019. All candidates will be informed whether their applications have been accepted by 24 January 2019.

Start and finish date :
20 Mar 2019 - 9:30am to 22 Mar 2019 - 5:30pm
Venue: ISER, Essex University

Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, Colchester, Essex, UK, CO4 3SQ,, Telephone: +44 (0)1206 872957.

Peace Studies Online Summer Courses – 2018 Registration Open

Online Summer Courses now available! OPEN FOR PREREGISTRATION!

  • PEA_ST 1050W – Introduction to Peace Studies, Peace Studies 1050 Flyer
  • PEA_ST 1051, 1051W Writing Intensive – International Conflict Resolution and Group Reconciliation, Peace Studies 1051 Flyer
  • PEA_ST 2200,  2200W Writing Intensive – Nuclear Weapons: Environmental, Health and Social Effects, Peace Studies 2200 Flyer
  • PEA_ST 2280, 2280W Writing Intensive – Race, Democracy, and Violence in Cuba and Haiti, Peace Studies 2280 Flyer
  • PEA_ST 2287, 2287W Writing Intensive – Conspiracies, Popular Imagination, Evidence
  • PEA_ST 2288, 2288W Writing Intensive – Sports, Protest Movements, and Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies 2288 Flyer
  • [PEA_ST 2289  This course not offered]
  • PEA_ST 2291, 2291W Writing Intensive --   IT and the Creative Mind, focusing on the social consequences of Artificial Intelligence,  Peace Studies 2291 Flyer
  • PEA_ST 2550 – Human Rights, Law, War and Peace  (self-paced course)
  • PEA_ST 2600, 2600W Writing Intensive – CAFO: Concentrated Animals, Deep Ecology, Peace Studies 2600 Flyer

Radboud Summer School: Expanding the Terrain of Valuing Health? A Capability Approach

Date: 6-10 August 2018
Fee: € 685 
Discounts: 10-25%
Preliminary course programme (docx, 146 kB)
Application Deadline: 1 June 2018

The Unsustainable Cost of Healthcare

Due to developments like an aging population, exponential growth of technology and a higher prevalence of chronic diseases, society faces the inevitable challenge of dealing with rising cost of healthcare. As a result of our finite resources, choices have to be made on the prioritization of health interventions to ensure a minimal level of wellbeing. This generates a demand for insight in how to assess and prioritize health interventions. Therefore, there is an increasing interest in developing evaluative frameworks that foster an informed decision making process.

Health, Quality of Life and the Capability approach

In healthcare, the wellbeing of patients is considered top-priority. Current health care policies not only aim to mitigate consequences of illness and disease but also intervene in the creation of optimal conditions for improving the quality of life of the patient. The limitations of measuring wellbeing and quality of life on the basis of utilitarian methods such as QALYs, ask for innovative frameworks that take into account our human diversity in respect to values and life choices. This course will introduce you to the capability approach {CA) developed by Nobel Prize laureate and economist Amartya Sen. Does this approach have the potential to shift our current utilitarian paradigm in health care towards a more individual and value-based approach? Should health care professionals aim at protecting a patient's capabilities in addition to optimal physical and mental state of wellbeing?

Course Content

In this one-week summer school we explore the origins of the capability approach as a theory of justice. Health philosopher Sridhar Venkatapuram, author of the well-received book 'Health Justice', and senior lecturer in Global Health and Philosophy at King's College London, will give his latest thoughts and insights on the potential of the application of capabilities in health care (tip: watch his latest Ted Talk to get inspired). During the week several methods to operationalize capabilities will be discussed to evaluate the impact of health care interventions.

One of the major challenges is the determination of how to evaluate treatments in terms of capabilities. Why should we? How should we do this? On the basis of the book 'Valuing freedoms' of Sabine Alkire we'll investigate the possibilities of operationalizing the capabilities approach in qualitative empirical work. We will train ourselves in applying the concepts of the capability model with the help of an inspiring movie and current vivid debates. During the course you will apply the capability approach to a case study and present your results in an essay on the final day.

Participant Testimonials

"Great international experience with friendly people!"- Radboud Summer School participant, 2017

"I loved the friendly atmosphere at Radboud University, and the helpfulness of everyone."
- Radboud Summer School participant, 2017

Learning Outcomes

After this course you are able to:

  1. Discuss the advantages and limitations of current evaluative frameworks in healthcare
  2. Reflect upon the notions of objectivity and subjectivity in the context of assessment
  3. Recognize the core concepts of the capability approach in health impact evaluation studies
  4. Understand how the capability approach can have additional value in health impact evaluation
  5. Apply and reflect on the capability approach in relation to your own case study.

Level of participant

  • Master
  • PhD
  • Post-doc
  • Professional

For whom is the course designed

MSc and PhD students or Post-docs in health technology assessment, medicine, philosophy, bioethics, health politics or economics. The course also welcomes professionals such as clinicians, health economists, capability researchers or health policy makers.

Admission Requirements

Basic knowledge of the theory and practice of health evaluations.

Admission Documents

  • Motivation letter
  • CV


Monday 6 – Friday 10 August 2018

Course Leader

Prof. Dr. Gert Jan van der Wilt
Health Technology Assessment
Department for Health Evidence

Course Fee

The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

Reduced Fee

€ 617     early bird discount – deadline 1 April 2018 (10%)
€ 582     partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 514     early bird + partner discount (25%)

Number of ECTS credits

2 ECTS credits

Housing options  & Social Events

Free Online Course: Global Health and Disability

Leaving no one behind: disability, health and wellbeing in global development

A 3 week (maximum 4 hours per week) free online course from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Course starts 26th February 2018

For more details, to check out the trailer or to register your free place on the course, click here.

Why join the course:   

Around 15% of the world’s population, or 1 billion people, live with some form of disability, with numbers continuing to rise over the coming decades.

People with disabilities are often overlooked in national and international development, and can face widespread barriers in accessing services, including health and rehabilitation services, even though simple initiatives are available to enable access. Our three week course aims to raise awareness about the importance of health and well-being of people with disabilities in the context of the global development agenda: Leaving no one behind.

What topics will you cover?

  • The magnitude of disability and relevance of disability to the global development agenda
  • Defining disability and how it can be understood and measured
  • The challenges to health and wellbeing amongst people with disabilities and why people with disabilities might have poorer health
  • Why people with disabilities may have difficulty in accessing health services
  • Links among longer term health conditions and disability
  • How to improve access to health care and rehabilitation for people with disabilities
  • Community based inclusive development for improving access to health and rehabilitation for people with disabilities

For more details, to check out the trailer or to register your free place on the course, click here

Maestría en Desarrollo Humano (Master’s Program in Human Development)

La Maestría en Desarrollo Humano es un trayecto de Posgrado a distancia, en modalidad virtual, de un mínimo de dos años de duración. Está dirigida a graduados universitarios interesados en conocer y aplicar el enfoque de Desarrollo Humano. A través de un conjunto de doce asignaturas, dos seminarios presenciales y una tesis, los/las estudiantes adquieren una base conceptual que permite la reflexión, investigación y producción de conocimientos acerca de los problemas del desarrollo y del bienestar desde la perspectiva del Desarrollo Humano; y adquieren competencias para el desarrollo de instrumentos de análisis, la planificación, la gestión y la evaluación de acciones de política pública desde la perspectiva de Desarrollo Humano.

Master in Cooperation and Development – University of Pavia and the School of Advanced Studies IUSS


The call for applications for the 21th edition of the Master C&D is open! Deadline for applications: 30th June 2017. Download the Call for Applications. 

The school selects every year 30 students of different nationalities graduated in any major. A number of dedicated scholarships for students coming from developing countries is guaranteed.

GOALS The Master Program in Cooperation and Development-C&D aims at training professionals in the field of international cooperation through a highly qualified academic and professional training. Students have the possibility of studying in a multidisciplinary and multiethnic environment inside one of the oldest University systems in Europe. Students are prepared to work in institutions like Non-Governmental Organizations, International Organizations, Governmental Bureaus, Research Centers, other Public or Private Institutions.

PROGRAM The Master C&D is a Second level Master Course (Corso di Master di Secondo Livello) according to the Italian Law, namely a Post-Graduate Program fully taught in English. The program lasts 15 months and provides more than 500 hours of teaching delivered by academicians, international professionals and experts. The whole program delivers 75 credits, according to the ECTS – European Credit Transfer System.

2016 Summer Institute on Program Evaluation – Budapest, Hungary

Using Logic Models to Evaluate Social Programs:
Before, During, and After Program Operations

July 18–22, 2016
Budapest, Hungary

To register for the course, please go here.

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted until 23:59 on April 15, 2016. Students who register before March 15, 2016 benefit from a reduced fee. See more information below.

Logic models have emerged as a major tool for improving public and private social programs at every stage of their operations, from initial program planning to implementation and management and through evaluation. As a result, worldwide, they are used increasingly by all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, funding agencies, and researchers. The ability to develop and assess logic models is now a much sought-after skill for social welfare professionals.

Central European University is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, it will offer a public policy course entitled “Using Logic Models to Evaluate Social Programs: Before, During, and After Program Operations” as part of its 2016 Summer Institute on Program Evaluation. Lectures will be led by Professor Douglas J. Besharov of the University of Maryland together with a team of internationally renowned experts in the field of program evaluation and performance measurement.

Course Summary
This course provides an introduction to the use of logic models in program planning, implementation, performance management, and program evaluation. Students will learn how to develop a logic model for a real-world program, including how to identify logic model elements for scientifically rigorous process and impact evaluations, and for practical performance measurement systems. Pragmatic applications are emphasized throughout. (Class will be in English.)

Course Topics

  • Logic models, with a focus on effectiveness as well as operational efficiency. An overview of the uses and elements of logic models, measuring outcomes and impacts (as well as activities and outputs), causal attribution and the counterfactual, and a taxonomy of key data elements (that is, the dependent and independent variables that help identify causation).
  • Process evaluations. How to design, conduct, and assess types of process evaluations (including descriptive studies, implementation evaluations, and continuous monitoring); using logic models as a template for doing so; and the practical, political, and normative obstacles to conducting of process evaluations.
  • Randomized control trials and other evaluation methodologies. An overview of  the ethical issues often posed when planning an RCT, the potential research questions concerning program impact that can be addressed, and a hands-on discussion, including presentation of the design, analytic methods, and results of a just completed, large scale RCT of a conditional cash transfer experiment in Zambia. Also, a discussion of other methods of identifying the counterfactual (including comparisons-to-self/intertemporal comparisons, comparison groups, econometric evaluations, and instrumental variable designs).
  • Performance measurement. How to design and evaluate performance measures, including the different types of performance measures; options for data collection, the validity and reliability of various measures; simple ways to identify the counterfactual for outcome and impact measures; and the practical, political, and normative obstacles to implementing performance measurement systems.

Distinguished Faculty

  • Douglas Call, University of Maryland
  • Neil Gilbert, University of California, Berkeley
  • David Myers, President & CEO, American Institutes for Research
  • Anu Rangarajan, Vice President and Managing Director, International Research Division, Mathematica Policy Research
  • David Seidenfeld, Director of International Research and Evaluation, American Institutes for Research

Course Schedule
The course will meet daily (tentatively 9:00-15:00)  July 18July 22, 2016 at Central European University’s campus in downtown Budapest

Course Credit
Students can take the course for one ECTS credit and a Certificate of Completion from Central European University, or a Certificate of Completion from the University of Maryland, or both.

Target Audience
The course is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students studying international development, public policy, and social policy. Government and non-profit practitioners are also eligible.

Social/Cultural Opportunities
During the summer session, CEU offers a number of social/cultural opportunities for students. For more information, click here.

Course Cost 

  • The base fee for the course is 910 USD. (“Early bird” students who enroll prior to March 15, 2016 benefit from a reduced tuition fee of 800 USD.)
  • A reduced fee of 480 USD is available for those who are employed by a small non-profit organization (annual turnover below 200,000 USD) or by the government of a developing country. (“Early bird” students who enroll prior to March 15, 2016 benefit from a reduced fee of 375 USD.)

Additional Information
For further information regarding course format, the application, or other course logistics please visit the CEU website at

For any specific questions regarding the course please contact: Michael Goodhart at

M.S. in Globalization and Development Communication at Temple University

Temple University’s School of Media and Communication (SMC) is accepting applications for Fall 2016 for the Globalization and Development Communication (GDC) master's program.  For scholarship consideration, applications must be complete by February 15.  GDC is a one-year Master of Science program involving 30 hours of coursework on communication theory and research methods focused on the history, goals and practices of development communication.  While the GDC program includes training in research skills and theory, it emphasizes effective action and involves a practicum capstone experience.  It tailors academic training to the needs of practitioners, policy makers and project managers working in the development sector.  For more information, please contact Caitlin Gamble at  Learn more.

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