Lugano, Switzerland

Evaluation Methods

online course
when 17 August 2020 - 21 August 2020
language English
duration 1 week
fee CHF 700

This workshop will be held by Chantal Strotz and Tobias Arnold on Week 1 (17 - 21 August, 2020).

Workshop contents and objectives
The overall aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to the methods of policy evaluation. In the first part of the workshop, we will look at the basics of policy evaluation: What is a policy evaluation? What is the significance of policy evalua-tions in the Swiss context? What are the benefits of policy evaluations and where are the limits? The second part of the workshop is about the methods used in policy evaluations. In principle, evaluations can draw on the entire spectrum of social science methods. In the workshop, we will focus on the most important methods and discuss their application in the context of evaluations - using concrete examples from our practice. We will discuss both qualitative and quantitative methods with a focus less on the methodological foundations but more on the practical applications and challenges associated with evaluations. A special emphasis will be put on the following methods - however, the lecturers are open to the input and interests of participants:

Qualitative interviews
Focus groups
Workshops and participatory methods (e.g. World Café, Future workshop)
Case Studies
Survey methods: (Online) survey, on-site-survey
Statistical analysis: Regression, Cluster analysis, Synthetic Control Method
Field observation
A special focus is also placed on the design of evaluations, i.e. the combination of methods in order to be able to examine an evaluation object as comprehensively as possible.

Prerequisites
No particular prerequisites are required.

Course leader

Chantal Strotz (Lecturer for political science at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts) and Tobias Arnold (Head of the Department Transport and Space at Interface)

Target group

Everyone who is interested; there are no formal requirement. Note that many workshops have some prerequisites.

The Summer School workshops are conceived for those who need to deepen and widen their methodological knowledge and skills for their work, research projects and (PhD) theses: students, junior and senior researchers, practitioners from academia and outside academia at any stage of their careers whenever the need for further training in methodology arises.

Course aim

The overall aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to the methods of policy evaluation. In the first part of the workshop, we will look at the basics of policy evaluation: What is a policy evaluation? What is the significance of policy evalua-tions in the Swiss context? What are the benefits of policy evaluations and where are the limits? The second part of the workshop is about the methods used in policy evaluations. In principle, evaluations can draw on the entire spectrum of social science methods. In the workshop, we will focus on the most important methods and discuss their application in the context of evaluations - using concrete examples from our practice. We will discuss both qualitative and quantitative methods with a focus less on the methodological foundations but more on the practical applications and challenges associated with evaluations.

Credits info

The Summer School cannot grant credits. We only deliver a Certificate of attendance, i.e. we certify your
presence

If you consider using Summer School workshops to obtain credits (ECTS), you will have to investigate at your home institution (contact the person/institute responsible for your degree) to find out whether they recognize the Summer School, how many credits can be earned from a workshop/course with roughly 35 hours of teaching, no graded work, and no exams.

Make sure to investigate this matter before registering, if this is important to you.

Fee info

CHF 700: The Summer School in Social Science Methods is financed through participant’s fees.

There are two fees:

Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.
These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).
To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to methodssummerschool@usi.ch.
CHF 1100: The Summer School in Social Science Methods is financed through participant’s fees.

There are two fees:

Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.
These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).
To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to methodssummerschool@usi.ch.

Scholarships

As the Summer School is financed through participant’s fees alone and has no funds of its own, it cannot offer any scholarship, grants or financial aid.