Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM210: Policy Analysis and Evaluation (MPA ONLY)

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (3 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Oliver James (Convenor)


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



Available via distance learning


A key theme of contemporary public policy and public management is the use of evidence to discover 'what works', with the aim of improving theory and practice. Measurement, analysis and evaluation of public service performance, especially as part of performance management, are increasingly practised. 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. This module addresses a set of potentially powerful and widely used analysis and evaluation tools and critically assesses current practice. The aim is to obtain an overview of techniques rather than full proficiency in all of them. We look at policy interventions in socio-economic policy, local public management and public service performance.

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