Schedule

Here’s your roadmap for the semester!

  • Content (): This page contains the readings, slides, and recorded lectures for the topic. Read and watch these first.
  • 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. Assignments are due by 11:59 PM on the day they’re listed.
Evaluation and causation Content Example Assignment
August 24–28
(Session 1)
Evaluation and the causal revolution
August 31 Weekly check-in 1
August 31 Problem set 1
August 31–September 4
(Session 2)
Regression and inference
September 7 Weekly check-in 2
September 7 Problem set 2
September 7–11
(Session 3)
Theories of change and logic models
September 14 Weekly check-in 3
September 14 Evaluation: Background and theory
September 14–18
(Session 4)
Measurement and DAGs
September 21 Weekly check-in 4
September 21 Evaluation: Measurement
September 21–25
(Session 5)
DAGs and potential outcomes
September 28 Weekly check-in 5
September 28 Evaluation: Causal model
September 28–October 2
(Session 6)
Threats to validity
October 5 Weekly check-in 6
October 5 Evaluation: Threats to validity
October 5–10 Exam 1
Tools and methods Content Example Assignment
October 5–9
(Session 7)
Randomization and matching
October 5 Georgia voter registration deadline
October 12 Weekly check-in 7
October 12 Problem set 3
October 12–23
(Sessions 8–9)
Difference-in-differences I + II
October 19 Weekly check-in 8
October 19 Problem set 4
October 26 Weekly check-in 9
October 26 Problem set 5
October 26–30
(Session 10)
Regression discontinuity I
October 30 Deadline to request an absentee ballot (request must be received by this day)
November 2 Weekly check-in 10
November 2 Problem set 6
November 2–6
(Session 11)
Instrumental variables I
November 3 Election Day
November 9 Weekly check-in 11
November 9 Problem set 7
November 9–13
(Session 12)
Instrumental variables II + Regression discontinuity II
November 16 Weekly check-in 12
November 16 Problem set 8
November 16–21 Exam 2
Applied evaluation Content Example Assignment
November 16–20
(Session 13)
Planning and running evaluations + other types of evaluation
November 30 Weekly check-in 13
November 30 Problem set 9
November 30–December 4
(Session 14)
Ethics and open science
December 7 Weekly check-in 14
December 7 Work session
Final Content Example Assignment
December 14 Final project due (submit online by 7:00 PM)