Evaluation Strategies for

Action-Oriented Leaders and Policy Makers

Executive Education Course

Friday, April 11, 2014
8:30am - 1:15pm

The Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Are you a results-focused official whose job it is to help government get significantly better results and use scarce tax dollars wisely? This half-day course is designed to get you up to speed about using program evaluation to drive results. That includes identifying truly successful programs as well as improving the performance of existing programs.

Scarce dollars need to be targeted at programs that can deliver the highest returns. Rigorous evaluations, such as Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental methods, deliver the evidence needed to identify those programs. Only by capturing and measuring the full response to a program can we produce an accurate and informative cost-benefit analysis. This course gives an overview of RCTs and quasi-experimental approaches and describes how they can be used to evaluate a wide variety of government programs. Participants will then break into smaller teams and discuss potential evaluation approaches to be used within their agency.



 Welcome, Introductions and Emerging Issues  in Evaluation

 Michael Greenstone & Michele  Jolin


 Pitfalls in Program Evaluations

 Max Auffhammer (UC Berkeley)


 How to Implement Rigorous Evaluations in  Government Programs

 Christopher Knittel (MIT)


 Break-out session to identify how the federal  government can better embrace rigorous  evaluation approaches

 Participants break into smaller  groups/agency teams for  targeted discussion


 Panel Discussion:
 Rigorous Evaluation: The Realities of  Implementation and Scale

 Michael Greenstone, MIT and  Brookings Institution

 Phil Sharp, Resources for the  Future

 Dan Cardinali, Communities in  Schools

 Monica Curtis, Wisconsin Energy  Conservation Corp.

 Nadya Dabby, Dept of Education


 Break to pick up lunch



 Agency teams share resulting action plans



 Closing Remarks and Next Steps

 Michael Greenstone & Michele  Jolin


Michael Greenstone, 3M Professor of Environmental Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Faculty Director of The E2e Project, and the Director of the Hamilton Project
Max Auffhammer, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
Michele Jolin, Managing Partner for America Achieves
Christopher Knittel, William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics in the Sloan School of Management, a Faculty Director of The E2e Project, and the Co-Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology