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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-638
Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Introduction to a specific technique or approach currently used in the international development field, focusing on project planning, community development, action research, or another similar area. Usually offered every term. May be taken pass/fail only.

SIS-638
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Stata for Economics/Development

This course provides students with a basic but solid understanding of the statistical package Stata 11.1 or 12, in order to use it to conduct rigorous and professional economic analysis. Students learn how to manage and create Stata files and data sets; create variables in Stata that are commonly used in economic analysis; and develop their capacity to analyze economic data using Stata. The course is geared towards students with limited or no previous experience with Stata, however students with more experience with the software can also use this course to enhance their skills. A basic understanding of statistics and multivariate analysis is helpful, but not required.

SIS-638
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Budgeting for Development

The government's budget often plays a role in creating--or addressing--development challenges such as illiteracy, maternal and child mortality, unclean water, and inadequate food. A growing number of civil society groups have taken up monitoring and analyzing their governments' budgets to determine the role the budget has played in the situations they are tackling. Many local, national, and international NGOs now recognize that their analysis of a situation is inadequate unless they have considered how the budget might be involved, and how advocacy around changes in the budget might help improve the situation of the people with and for whom they work. In this course students explore the various ways governments' budgets are related to development and human rights problems and are introduced to the budget cycle and actors in the budget process. They learn the fundamentals of how to read a budget, are introduced to some budget monitoring methodologies, and practice some basic budget analysis calculations. They also learn about how civil society groups have used this knowledge and these skills to enable access to education in Argentina, improve public housing in Northern Ireland, and increase access to jobs in India, as well as to HIV/AIDS treatment in South Africa.

SIS-638
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Accounting Comes Alive for Development Practitioners

This course looks at the principles of accounting, finance, and business and their application to the development environment. Using the graphical Color Accounting learning system, the course establishes a logical and linguistic foundation for accounting. With a solid reporting framework in place, case studies of real business situations are examined. Students learn to use balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements to analyze the performance of reporting entities. The challenges of financial management and control are explored, along with practices for auditing and mitigating those challenges. The key issues of generally-accepted accounting practice are covered, along with abuses thereof so that the students can test the veracity of information they receive.

SIS-638
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Project Design

This course takes students through the first two of the six phases of the project cycle: project identification and design; and project initiation. The hard skills learned or strengthened are as follows: problem analysis, objectives analysis, organizational capacity assessment, stakeholder analysis, theory of change (pathway of change, interventions, indicators, assumptions), grant proposal elements, and selection of implementing partner. Prerequisite: prior academic experience with writing a literature review based on explanatory social science research.

SIS-638
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Project Monitoring and Evaluation

This course takes students through phases three, four, and five of the six phases of the project cycle: project planning; project implementation; and project evaluation. The hard skills learned or strengthened are as follows: initial community visits (data collection tools, quantitative and qualitative, including information and communications technology (ICT) solutions); logical framework (both horizontal template and 4x4 matrix) (inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, indicators, means of verification, assumptions); indicator protocols, process and informative evaluations, monitoring and evaluation means of verification templates (including survey construction), data quality protection; and communication plan (including change management system). Prerequisite: prior academic experience with writing a literature review based on explanatory social science research and completion of SIS-638 004 Project Design.