Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM008M: Policy Analysis and Evaluation (MPA ONLY)

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits20 ECTS Value10
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


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.

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