Program Evaluation and Data Analysis

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Course Number: 
GAFL 640

Course Section

001

Program: 

  • MPA

Course Type: 

  • Core

Instructor(s)

Semester: 

  • Spring 2021

Course Format

On-Campus
On-Campus

On-campus meetings will be modified for spring 2021 in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

On-Campus Day(s): 
Tuesday
Thursday
On-Campus Time: 
10:30 - 11:50 a.m.

On-Campus Location:

Course Description: 

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 the analytical results into effective communication with stakeholders. This class will help you become that 21st century public leader. At the end of this course, you will understand key principals of performance measures and program evaluation. In addition, you will be able to process, manage, and analyze quantitative data using R, a modern programming language optimized for statistical analysis. I picked R for many reasons: it is free, has many open-source visualization techniques and statistical models, and many statistical and quantitative method courses on campus use it as the language of choice. More importantly, knowing how to use R can be a unique and attractive skill for your employer.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326
felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu