PhD Field in Program Evaluation

Field Advisors: Professor Kathryn Newcomer ( and Professor Burt Barnow (

The Program Evaluation field is a research concentration within the Public Administration and Management field and is designed for PhD students who wish to develop both quantitative and qualitative research skills that may be applied to analyze and assess the performance of public and nonprofit programs. Students are exposed to research methods from multiple disciplines to prepare them for program evaluation and performance auditing professionals.

General Examination Core

PPPA 6016  Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
PPPA 8164  Seminar on Program Evaluation
PPPA 8174  Public Management

Field Electives

Students are required to take three of the following courses:

ANTH 6331  Research Methods in Development Anthropology
DNSC 6275  Advanced Statistical Modeling and Analysis
DNSC 6276  Exploratory and Multivariate Data Analysis
ECON 8375  Econometrics I: Introduction
ECON 8376  Econometrics II: Simultaneous Equation Models
EDUC 8122  Qualitative Research Methods
PPPA 6015  Benefit-Cost Analysis
 SOC 6232  Qualitative Methodology: Doing Field Research
STAT 6278/8288  Modern Theory of Sample Surveys
STAT 6291  Methods of Demographic Analysis
STAT 8265  Multivariate Analysis
STAT 8266  Topics in Multivariate Analysis
STAT 8281  Advanced Time Series Analysis