Here’s your roadmap for the semester!

  • Content (): This page contains the readings, slides, and recorded lectures for the week. Read and watch these before our in-person class.
  • Example (): This page contains fully annotated R code and other supplementary information that you can use as a reference for your assignments and project. This is only a reference page—you don’t have to necessarily do anything here. Some sections also contain videos of me live coding the examples so you can see what it looks like to work with R in real time. This page will be very helpful as you work on your assignments.
  • Assignment (): This page contains the instructions for each assignment. Weekly reports are due by noon on the day of class. Other assignments are due by 11:59 PM on the day they’re listed.

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Evaluation and causation Content Example Assignment
January 13
(Session 1)
Evaluation and the causal revolution
January 20 Weekly check-in 1  (submit by noon)
January 20 Problem set 1  (submit by 11:59 PM)
January 20
(Session 2)
Regression and inference
January 20 Weekly check-in 2  (submit by noon)
January 27 Problem set 2  (submit by 11:59 PM)
January 27
(Session 3)
Theories of change and logic models
January 27 Weekly check-in 3  (submit by noon)
February 3 Evaluation: Background and theory  (submit by 11:59 PM)
February 3
(Session 4)
Measurement and DAGs
February 3 Weekly check-in 4  (submit by noon)
February 10 Evaluation: Measurement  (submit by 11:59 PM)
February 10
(Session 5)
DAGs and potential outcomes
February 10 Weekly check-in 5  (submit by noon)
February 17 Evaluation: Causal model  (submit by 11:59 PM)
February 17
(Session 6)
Threats to validity
February 17 Weekly check-in 6  (submit by noon)
February 24 Evaluation: Threats to validity  (submit by 11:59 PM)
February 24–March 3 Exam 1  (complete by 11:59 PM on March 3)
Tools and methods Content Example Assignment
February 24
(Session 7)
Randomization and matching
February 24 Weekly check-in 7  (submit by noon)
March 3 Problem set 3  (submit by 11:59 PM)
March 3
(Session 8)
Difference-in-differences I
March 3 Weekly check-in 8  (submit by noon)
March 10 Problem set 4  (submit by 11:59 PM)
March 10
(Session 9)
Difference-in-differences II
March 10 Weekly check-in 9  (submit by noon)
March 24 Problem set 5  (submit by 11:59 PM)
March 24
(Session 10)
Regression discontinuity I
March 24 Weekly check-in 10  (submit by noon)
March 31 Problem set 6  (submit by 11:59 PM)
March 31
(Session 11)
Instrumental variables I
March 31 Weekly check-in 11  (submit by noon)
April 7 Problem set 7  (submit by 11:59 PM)
April 7
(Session 12)
Instrumental variables II + Regression discontinuity II
April 7 Weekly check-in 12  (submit by noon)
April 14 Problem set 8  (submit by 11:59 PM)
April 14–20 Exam 2  (complete by 11:59 PM on November 21)
Applied evaluation Content Example Assignment
April 14
(Session 13)
Choosing and planning ethical evaluations
April 14 Weekly check-in 13  (submit by noon)
April 21 Problem set 9  (submit by 11:59 PM)
April 21
(Session 14)
Ethics, stories, and curiosity
April 21 Weekly check-in 14  (submit by noon)
Final Content Example Assignment
May 2 Final project due  (submit by 11:59 PM)