This module will introduce you to the study of policy and programme evaluation in ageing societies. You will be introduced to the theories surrounding the process of evaluating policies and programmes. You will examine the different methodological approaches to conducting an evaluation and you will understand how theory and method links to produce a good evaluation. You will be introduced to examples of policy and programme evaluations for ageing societies, in areas such as health and social protection. These case studies will be from developed and developing countries.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Discuss the basic evaluation tools needed to assess policies and programmes.
- Critically evaluate the methods used in a policy or programme evaluation.
- Explain the link between theory and methods in evaluating policies and programmes.
- Compare different policy and programme evaluations in developed and developing countries.
- Design an evaluation of a policy or programme using the appropriate theory and methods.
The module will include online lectures on: the importance of conducting policy/programme evaluations and how this has developed over time; the different theories surrounding policy evaluation; methodology for conducting evaluations including experimental and quasi experimental designs, mixed methods, and longitudinal research designs; realistic evaluation and ethics in evaluation; the role of the evaluator and stakeholders; Monitoring the evaluation process and delivering the report; using the evaluation to inform policy and programme practice.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module involves lectures and case studies of evaluations of policies/programme on ageing or older people. Learning activities include audio lectures, which include trigger questions, tutor-led tutorials discussing lecture content, the case studies, and the assessments, discussions forums on Blackboard and independent study. Students are expected to carry out some reading in advance or after listening to each session in order to make the most of the sessions.
|Total study time||200|
Resources & Reading list
Other. Module resources will be available on Blackboard, such as lecture PowerPoint slides, audio recordings of lectures, key readings, coursework details, discussion boards, references and module updates. Students will be provided with guidance to use Skype for verbal/visual communication with tutors.
Bryman, A., (2012). Social Research Methods. Oxford university press.
Gertler, P.J., Martinez, S., Premand, P., Rawlings, L.B. and Vermeersch, C.M., (2011). Impact evaluation in practice.. World Bank Publications.
McDavid, J.C., Huse, I. & Hawthorn, L.R.L. (2013). Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Cartwright, N. and Hardie, J. (2012). Evidence-Based Policy: A Practical Guide to doing it better. Oxford: Oxford university press.
Khandker, S.R., Koolwal, G.B. and Samad, H.A., (2010). Handbook on Impact Evaluation: Quantitative Methods and Practices.. World Bank Publications.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Policy/ Programme evaluation proposal||70%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External