Course Description

Course Name

Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Policy makers and managers in the public sector often face problems of public resource allocation. Since available resources are always limited, the efficient allocation of public resources is one of the most important issues that public officials have to deal with in the decision making process. Every dollar that the public sector spends means sacrifice in the private sector. That is, activities in the public sector involve significant opportunity cost. Therefore, public officials bear fiduciary responsibility for prudent spending of public resources. This class offers technical tools that can be utilized to analyze the efficiency/desirability of the proposed public projects and to evaluate the effectiveness of the completed public projects. You will learn the concept of choice and opportunity cost and how to deal with them in a policy setting, using a variety of analysis techniques.

The objectives of this course are 1) to learn basic concepts and tools to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of different policy alternatives and outcomes, 2) to learn how to use them to make prudent policy decisions and to conduct critical policy evaluations in real policy settings.

*Course content subject to change