Policy Research and Evaluation
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This research-based university in Perth has a strong interdisciplinary focus and a reputation for outstanding teaching and ground-breaking research. With more than 22,000 students and 2,000 staff from over 90 countries, and campuses in Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch embraces free thinking, shared ideas and knowledge to make a difference, and Open Universities Australia is certainly part of that.
On successful completion of the subject students will be able to:
- demonstrate how research and evaluation independently and jointly contribute to policy development, implementation and improvement
- demonstrate an awareness of and ability to apply ethical and practice standards that guide evaluation design, application and use
- critically analyse more than one approach to policy evaluation
- recognise key contextual factors and adapt policy research and evaluation appropriately
- design and plan an evaluation of a policy in your area of work
- defensibly link the empirical outcomes or results of evaluation studies to their practical decision-making or policy considerations.
- To introduce the theoretical and practical underpinning of public policy research and evaluation
- To differentiate between policy research and evaluation
- Explore the influence of different perspectives on policy development, research and evaluation.
- Consider the role of evidence-based research and systematic analysis in the development of policy
- Demonstrate the key function of policy evaluation as part of policy learning processes.
- Audio/Video conferencing
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Web links
- Book of readings
- Study guide
- Welcome letter
- Resources and Links
- Audio-Video streaming
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
Knowledge and evidence are important elements in public policymaking. This subject considers the role of evidence-based research and systematic analysis in the development of policy. It demonstrates the key function of policy evaluation as part of policy learning processes. The iterative and innovative dimensions of policy research and evaluation will be explored through practical examples and exercises. The subject will assist students to acquire the critical capacities and skills used in the generation and development of policy initiatives.
The aim of this subject is to introduce the theoretical and practical underpinning of public policy research and evaluation. This approach enables us to differentiate between policy research and evaluation and to work towards an understanding that helps distinguish between these two aspects of the policy cycle. We also explore the influence of different perspectives on policy development, research and evaluation.
This subject considers the role of evidence-based research and systematic analysis in the development of policy and identifies key quality issues when critiquing policy research studies. Importantly, it demonstrates the key function of policy evaluation as part of policy learning processes. The subject will assist students to acquire the critical capacities and technical skills used in the generation, development and evaluation of policy initiatives. Their understanding of public policy will be enhanced through this process of exploration. In addition, will we will look closely at a number of public policies, to better understand their characteristics and how we might measure their efficiency and effectiveness. Ultimately, the subject's purpose is to develop the ability to use systematic, practical research and evaluation in the service of effective decision making around public policy. At the conclusion of the subject students should be equipped to critcially assess policy research studies as well as plan and undertake a small policy evaluation study.
- Policy Evaluation Review/Critique 2 (20%)
- Policy Research Review/Critique 1 (20%)
- Policy Evaluation Plan (Group-Indiv) (45%)
- Participation (15%)