5438 Field Course: Economic and Social Policy
Assist.Prof. Dr. Sophie Guthmuller
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/14/23 to 02/19/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 03/07/23 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM Online-Einheit
Tuesday 03/21/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D4.0.136
Tuesday 03/28/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D4.0.136
Tuesday 04/11/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D4.0.136
Tuesday 04/18/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D2.-1.019 Workstation-Raum
Tuesday 05/02/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D4.0.136
Tuesday 05/09/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D4.0.136
Tuesday 05/16/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D4.0.047
Tuesday 05/23/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D2.0.031 Workstation-Raum
Tuesday 05/30/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM LC.-1.038
Tuesday 06/06/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D2.0.031 Workstation-Raum
Tuesday 06/13/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM LC.-1.038
Tuesday 06/27/23 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM D4.0.019

This class introduces to methods and theory of program evaluation in health policy and social policy. It comprises three main parts:

Module 1: Introduction to Program Evaluation:

  • Paradigms and typologies of program evaluation
  • Describing and eliciting a Program Theory
  • The social and political context of program evaluation
  • Planning an evaluation

Module 2: Quantitative methods for Impact Evaluation

  • The Potential Outcomes Framework
  • Randomized controlled experiment, Matching, IV, Regression Discontinuity, Diff-in-Diff

Module 3: Methods for Economic Evaluation

  • Cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility analysis
Learning outcomes

After this course students are ...

  • aware of the importance of the program theory to understand how and why a program works or fails to work,
  • familiar with the components of an evaluation plan,
  • aware of the importance of the social context of program evaluation,
  • familiar with the causality concept in impact evaluation and its prerequisites,
  • familiar with different econometric approaches to identify program effects,
  • familiar with different approaches how to relate program benefits to its costs and draw conclusions about efficiency,
  • able to critically reflect on different methods of impact and economic evaluation in terms of their limitations and benefits.
Attendance requirements

This being a ‘course with continuous assessment (PI)’, the University requires students to attend at least 80% of the time of the scheduled course units for completing the course successfully. Ideally you attend all units fully. If you are unable to fully attend a unit, please let the Lecturer(s) know in advance. In case online units are scheduled, the same attendance requirements apply.

Teaching/learning method(s)
  • Lectures
  • Examples
  • Group discussions
  • Discussion of distributed papers and examples
  • Application in statistical software (e.g. Excel/R/Stata), exercises & examples

Assessment Components (relative weights in the final grade)

  • 40% (Individual) Written exam
  • 50% (Group) project
  • 10% (Individual) active participation

Grade Key (point ranges)

  • 1: Excellent (90-100 points)
  • 2: Good (80-89 points)
  • 3: Satisfactory (65-79 points)
  • 4: Sufficient (50-64 points)
  • 5: Fail (0-49 points)

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Availability of lecturer(s)

Right after class or by e-mail. Meetings can be scheduled upon demand.

Last edited: 2022-11-07