Evaluation and the Policy Process - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 3
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Exercises - Writing Exercise (40%) , Non-Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,250.00
International 2,500.00

This unit was previously known as SGYX818 Evaluation and the Policy Process.

This unit introduces students to policy evaluation and accounts for its place in the policy process and social sciences respectively. Students will acquire knowledge of different approaches to evaluation as well as the ethical and political issues surrounding this process. The unit also focuses on how trends informing public sector management have an influence on the evaluation process and the actual implementation of evaluations. Application of concepts and methods of evaluation to current policies and programs will be encouraged through discussion and assessment tasks.

Skills (these are skills that you should begin to be developing through taking this course and applying it to your own evaluation experience):

  1. the development of skills in evidence-based evaluation of policy and program management
  2. an ability to identify the stakeholders of an evaluation and to consider how they might be involved
  3. to assess the quality of evaluation practice
  4. a reflective knowledge of and use of the professionalism of an independent evaluator
  5. an ability to think carefully about the ethical issues that arise in any particular evaluation, and to understand what it means to attend to them with care and integrity
  6. an ability to integrate the political, ethical, methodological and analytical demands of an evaluation.
  • Exercises — Writing Exercise (40%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Participation (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SGYX818 — Evaluation and the Policy Process
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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Evaluation Approaches (1)
3Evaluation Approaches (2)
4Policy and Stakeholders (1)
5Policy and Stakeholders (2)
6Planning and Implementing an Evaluation (1)
7Planning and Implementing an Evaluation (2)
8Methods and Data Sources
9Case Studies
10Case Studies
11Impact of an Evaluation
12Utilisation of an Evaluation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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