Postgraduate Module Descriptor


POLM008M: Policy Analysis and Evaluation (MPA ONLY)

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Overview

NQF Level7
Credits20 ECTS Value10
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (3 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Oliver James (Convenor)

Pre-requisites

This module is available to students on the MPA Programme only.

Co-requisites

None

Available via distance learning

No

Effective policy making requires that decision-makers are well placed to understand what has worked in the past. Consequently, the policy process has become increasingly quantified and analysed using sophisticated statistical models. But the measurement, analysis and interpretation of performance data can be controversial. Care needs to be taken to avoid crude and misleading conclusions being drawn from poor analysis.  Knowledge of the analytical and evaluative techniques used in this activity is increasingly important for decision making at senior levels across many parts of the public sector. In the module you will also explore how the techniques are put to use.

Module created

01/10/2009

Last revised

06/05/2014