HS 504F — Introduction to the Theory and Application of Performance Measurement with Data Envelopment Analysis

Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.

How can policymakers, managers, and researchers evaluate the performance of organizations such as schools, government agencies, hospitals, social welfare institutions, and the like? The performance multi-output organizations are difficult to measure because the production functions are unknown or indeterminate. This course introduces students to Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) as a method of comparative performance measurement for policy, management, and organizational studies. DEA utilizes mathematical programming techniques that can handle thousands of decision making units and a large number of variables. The extant DEA literature reports thousands of applications of DEA to address these critical policy and research questions regarding the measurement and identification of the best results observed in practice. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Chilingerian