An Executive Education Course

Improving Programs
Performance Measurement and Management

May 22 - 24, 2022
Doha, Qatar


The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is proud to offer a three-day executive course titled "Program Evaluation: Determining What Works." Classes will be held in Doha, Qatar from May 22 - 24, 2022 at the Hamad bin Khalifa University (OECD).

This three-day course is designed to give program administrators/managers and policymakers in the Middle East and North Africa the tools (1) to design and use performance measures that can monitor program efficiency and effectiveness, and (2) to implement management techniques that apply performance data to improve programs.

The program will provide a practical overview of performance measurement and management to help participants improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the programs. Topics include the forms of performance measurement, using logic models to identify performance indicators, operationalizing measures and performance targets, monitoring program processes and conducting performance evaluations, measuring program effectiveness, cost-effectiveness analyses, and the use of management techniques that apply performance data to improve programs. The course also covers how information from measuring program performance can be applied to policy making.significance of evaluation findings).

Core faculty will include:

Douglas Besharov, a Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, former President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and Administrator of the Peter H. Rossi International Award for Contributions to the Theory or Practice of Program Evaluation.

Dr. Anis Ben Brik, an Associate Professor and founding director of the Program for Social Policy Evaluation and Research (PROSPER) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Public Policy (CPP) and a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

Douglas Call, Deputy Director of the University of Maryland Center for International Policy Exchanges and an adjunct lecturer at the University.

Guest faculty will include:

Dr. David Myers, the President and CEO of the American Institutes for Research, one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. He is a leading authority on the design, implementation, and analysis of experimental studies of education programs.

Dr. Anu Rangarajan, a Senior Vice President and the director of climate change at Mathematica Policy Research, one of the world’s leading firms engaged in policy research. In her role, she leads the development of innovative, sustainable solutions that help combat the effects of climate change and make vulnerable communities more resilient.

Dr. David Seidenfeld, Vice President the for International Research and Evaluation at the American Institutes for Research. He has extensive experience designing and implementing evaluations of economic, health, and education programs.