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About the Course: The policy process is increasingly data-driven, but it is often challenging to make sense of competing estimates of programs’ impacts. This two-day course will help you to understand where these estimates come from and which ones are the most credible. You will develop a more sophisticated understanding of the critical distinction between causation and correlation, you will learn about techniques that can provide plausible estimates of policies’ true impacts, and you will learn why these techniques often work… and why they sometimes don’t. You need no prior exposure to these concepts to take the course. We will be following a “ground-up” approach, under the assumption that you are learning the material for the first time. This course is made possible through a collaboration between Georgetown University-Qatar and the College of Public Policy at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, combining the expertise and resources of two of Qatar’s leading educational institutions.

Who Should Attend?

  • Managers who supervise staff engaged in program evaluation activities;
  • Professionals who advise policymakers and wish to develop a stronger evidence base for their recommendations
  • Analysts at research organizations, government agencies, and nonprofits who seek to develop a more rigorous understanding of program evaluation techniques.

Course Instructors

What works?Adam Thomas has been faculty member at the McCourt School since 2010. He teaches courses in quantitative methods, microeconomics, and thesis development, and he has extensive experience teaching mid-career policy professionals at both Georgetown and at Harvard Universities. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Adam was a researcher at The Brookings Institution. His research has been published in leading journals in several different fields, including The American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, The Future of Children, and The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His work has also been cited in a variety of media outlets, including The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Congressional Quarterly, National Public Radio, and Slate. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Dr. Anis Ben BrikDr. Anis Ben Brik is an Associate Professor at HBKU College of Public Policy. Prior to joining HBKU, he served as Director of Family Policy Department at the Doha International Family Institute. He has previously held senior advisory positions focused on advancing the use of evidence in decision-making and social policy at the UAE Government, and has been advisor to several ministries and member of national and regional Scientific Committee for Development Strategies. Dr. Ben Brik is interested in the empirical analysis of issues related to welfare systems, family policy, child welfare, social security, policy evaluation and sustainable development in the Gulf and the MENA region. He has published empirical research in a wide range of international peer-reviewed journals, including Children and Youth Services Review, Early Child Development and Care, Child Indicators Research, Journal of Business Ethics, and Decision Sciences. His most recent publications include Handbook of Welfare System and Social Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (Oxford University Press) and Family Changes in the Context of Social Changes in the Gulf Region (Routledge). Dr. Ben Brik has extensive experience in applying experimental and non-experimental methods to evaluate policies and has worked with government departments on a range of projects, including on issues related to family and child welfare, child protection, social security, labor economics and public economics. Dr. Ben Brik is a strong advocate for strengthening civil society engagement and collaborative partnerships at the United Nations. He served as the Middle East Regional Partner at the United Nations NGO Major Group and and has spoken at numerous UN high-level meetings such as the UN High Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the United Nations Commission for Social Development.

Cost: $ 2200

Location: The venue will be Education City Al Minaretein (CIS building), Classroom 2

Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Special discount for groups of four or more

Special rates for alumni and QF affiliates

This course is made possible through a collaboration between Georgetown University in Qatar and the College of Public Policy at Hamad Bin Khalifa University as well as HBKU Executive Education Center, combining the expertise and resources of two of Qatar’s leading educational institutions.