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ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

Using data to answer and evaluate policy

Two-day short course


When:

3rd August 2016
4th August 2016

Where:

ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

Cost:

A$2,200

In this course you will discuss a range of analytical techniques that can be used to answer key policy questions. You will learn how to measure the impact of policy and whether or not a particular policy improves individual lives.The focus of the course will be on the assumptions, purpose and limitations of the techniques, rather than formulae and equations.

Course overview

The aim of this course is to introduce and discuss a range of analytical techniques that can be used to answer key policy questions. The course will familiarise participants with techniques that help us target scarce resources, analyse the relationship between variables, use longitudinal data to understand change through time, and identify attitudes, abilities and biases. The focus of the course will be on the assumptions, purpose and limitations of the techniques, rather than formulae and equations.

One of the key policy questions that will be a focus of the course is whether or not a particular policy or program improves individual lives. This is a fundamental question that has relevance across many policy domains including social policy, economic policy, health, education, development assistance and many more. Such causal questions are surprisingly difficult to answer. This course will outline the main problem of causality in policy analysis – how to deal with selection. It will then address some of the main techniques used to control unobserved heterogeneity, with a focus on their uses and limitations. The course will be highly applied and use examples from a range of policy domains to show how we can measure impact.

The introductory course (Demystifying statistics) is not a formal pre-requisite to attend this course, but is recommended for those who have limited experience in quantitative analysis.

Course convenor


Dr Anthony Swan

Anthony Swan is a Research Fellow in the Development Policy Centre and Lecturer in the International Development and Economics (IDEC) program at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He conducts research on a broad range of issues related to aid and development economics, international economics, and globalisation. His is currently working on the Promoting Effective Public Expenditure in PNG (PEPE) project which looks at how Papua New Guinea allocates its public money and the effectiveness of its public expenditure in key service delivery sectors. The objective of PEPE is to inform PNG’s political and bureaucratic leadership, civil society and general public of current levels of service delivery performance, and to influence allocations and expenditure rules to promote better allocations and more effective and transparent expenditure. Anthony’s PhD was on quantifying the effects of economic globalisation on production and trade patterns, levels of innovation, and welfare across countries. Prior to the Crawford School, Anthony was a lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea, a Research Fellow at the PNG National Research Institute, and an economic consultant at Access Economics.

Course dates:
9.30am–4.30pm 3 August 2016
9.30am–4.30pm 4 August 2016
Venue: Crawford School, ANU
Enrol: T 02 6125 2154 E csee@anu.edu.au
Cost: $2,200 GST incl; Group discounts applicable

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