Causal and Inferential Methods

The statistical techniques employed in policy and governance studies.

Building on the ideas from the course Data, Research Design, and Descriptive Methods, here we explore the statistical techniques employed in policy and governance studies. It is essential, in the field of public policy, to be able to evaluate research and create policy and governance questions that can be empirically evaluated. It is important to have the ability to work with data for a systematic appraisal of empirical evidence and the creation of inferences on public affairs. This course will help you think about relationships among quantities of interest and grow familiar with techniques to deal with multiple variables and learn software like R’ for analysis. You will learn a basic foundation for inferential statistics, associations for different variables, regression models and allow you to test your knowledge in a summer internship.