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Evaluation and Analytical Methods

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How do policymakers know if the programs they design and implement are having the effects intended? This is the focus of the evaluation and analytical methods track. Through courses in statistics, data analysis, and benefit-cost evaluation, students acquire a toolbox of skills to use when conducting an evaluation, and learn how to apply these skills to a range of public policy and management issues. The track advisors are F. Chris Curran, Marvin Mandell, and David Salkever.

The research and teaching backgrounds of the advisors reflect the interdisciplinary focus of this track. F. Chris Curran studies education policy, and conducts research that evaluates educational outcomes for underserved and disadvantaged youth. Marvin Mandell’s research expertise is in evidence-based policymaking. He was co-author of a cost-benefit analysis of the Maryland Dream Act, which allows undocumented college students to pay in-state tuition in Maryland. David Salkever, a professor in the health policy track, evaluates, among other programs, interventions that improve health care for disadvantaged populations. Evaluators also conduct research in fields such as sociology, psychology, economics, and public administration.

To learn more about the study concentrations in our Public Policy program, click here.