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Leading Successful Social Programs: Using Evidence to Assess Effectiveness, Short Course

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Managers of government and programs are under increasing pressure to provide evidence about the effectiveness of their programs, but what constitutes reliable and valid evidence of effectiveness? How should an organization generate evidence about the effectiveness of programs? What data should organizations collect, and how should managers use that data? 
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How does one assess and apply evidence that others have generated about what works? Answering these questions can help managers lead their organizations to design policy and implement more effective programs.

Leading Successful Programs: Using Evidence to Assess Effectiveness, one of the newest Executive Education programs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, addresses the challenges that managers face in identifying useful strategies for assessing and improving program effectiveness. The program will help managers become better commissioners and consumers of the evidence they need to make better decisions for their organization.

The program will explore:

  • What are the big questions managers need to ask about the effectiveness of programs in their organization?
  • How should managers decide what evidence needs to be gathered?
  • What kinds of evaluations and other forms of assessment need to be conducted?
  • Since evaluations can be expensive and time consuming, how should managers make decisions about which programs to evaluate?
  • What are the key methods to evaluate the impact of a program and when should each of them be used?
  • What role do randomized experiments play in evaluating the impact of a program?
  • What data should be collected and when?
  • Does it all have to be numbers? How can managers make sense of mixed method evaluations and integrate quantitative and qualitative information to design and implement better programs?

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Languages
    • English
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  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Leading Successful Programs: Using Evidence to Assess Effectiveness is a one-week executive program introducing managers to a set of tools and strategies for using evidence to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs. You will be immersed in a highly engaging, evidence-based learning environment incorporating a range of interactive activities, including case studies, discussions, exercises, presentations, and readings. The curriculum will provide an in-depth look at key aspects of understanding and implementing evidence-based strategies. 
  • Further, this program makes extensive use of the case study method, pioneered at Harvard. Each case describes an actual situation and serves as a stimulus for you and your classmates to think through possible approaches and solutions to real-world problems. You will reflect upon your professional experiences and meet daily in small groups, as well as in class to discuss cases and exchange ideas. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

  • Schedule a TOEFL® test
  • Schedule an IELTS test

Academic Requirements

  • Admission is based on the candidate’s depth of experience and range of responsibility. There is no formal educational requirement, but fluency in written and spoken English is a necessity for the program. 
  • Early application is encouraged. Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, and the program often fills to capacity. Because of the interactive nature of this program, the number of participants is limited. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if space remains in the class.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    7600 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 USD per module and a duration of 5 days.
  • National

    7600 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 USD per module and a duration of 5 days.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
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