Content for Thursday, October 5, 2023



Listen to the following news report on New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ new plan to curb gun violence.


  1. What are the indicators mentioned?
  2. How do they relate to the program’s Theory of Change?
  3. A friend of yours just heard these news and tells you “New York City tries to measure the effects of its new anti-gun violence program by counting the number of new trees planted in the city.” Now that you’ve listened to the same news clip, what do you think about your friend’s statement?

Optional: Instead of today’s reading reaction, you may also submit a re-write of this news clip. Start after “some experts are questioning how officials will measure whether it’s working.”

This is not needed for class but, if you are interested in the plan discussed on the news, you can find the document here.


On the day of class, you will find my slides on Canvas.


Glennerster, Rachel, and Kudzai Takavarasha. 2013. Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide. Princeton: Princeton University Press.