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Subject details

  • Topics
    • MODULE 1 - OVERVIEW
    • Introduction
    • The essence of program theory
    • MODULE 2 ASSESS YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
    • Uses, situation and intervention
    • MODULE 3 DEVELOPING PROGRAM THEORY
    • Processes to identify or develop a program theory
    • Develop a theory of change
    • Develop a theory of action
    • MODULE 4 REPRESENTING PROGRAM THEORY
    • Representing program theory
    • Critiquing program theory
    • MODULE 5 MONITORING AND EVALUATION
    • Developing a monitoring and evaluation plan
    • Causal inference
    • Synthesis and reporting
    • MODULE 6 CONSOLIDATION
    • Revision
    • Conclusion
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. recognise the need to engage stakeholders in program/policy development
  2. understand key issues and stages in developing program theory
  3. appreciate the theories of change that underpin programs and policies
  4. develop outcome chains and program matrices
  5. devise success criteria for monitoring outcome performance
  6. identify and ameliorate barriers to program success
  7. draw logic models to show structure and purpose of programs
  8. develop a monitoring and evaluation plan.
  • Assignment 1 - Online Discussion (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Project (60%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online multiple choice quiz (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

One of the central functions of workforce management executives is to develop human resource (HR), employment relations (ER) and work health and safety (WHS) policies and programs.  The aim of this subject is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to effectively devise, implement and evaluate HR, ER and WHS organisational policies, programs and initiatives. 

The subject draws on the evaluation and program theory literature to provide a practical framework that students can apply to plan, implement and monitor policies and programs in the not-for-profit, private and government sectors. 

A key learning objective of the subject is the importance of evaluating whether policies and programs are achieving their intended outcomes.  Stating desired outcomes at the commencement of the program makes it possible to develop success measures to monitor performance.  Periodically, programs also need to be evaluated to assess whether they are achieving the desired outcomes or not.

An underlying theme of the subject is that almost all policies and programs are based on an implicit or explicit theory of change.  Learning to recognise and articulate the underlying change theory will enable program designers and evaluators to better identify the causes of program success and failure.

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