Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM008M: Policy Analysis and Evaluation (MPA ONLY)

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

Module Aims

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. The module aims to introduce you to these techniques. The module will describe and critically assess a set of potentially powerful and widely used analysis and evaluation tools. The aim is to obtain an overview of techniques rather than full proficiency in all of them. We look at policy interventions in socioeconomic policy, local public management and public service performance.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. critically examine the theory and method of policy analysis and evaluation;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the range of techniques used in contemporary analysis and their appropriate use for different policy issues;
3. critically examine the contemporary use of these techniques in a range of policy settings;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. critically assess the theory and practice of policy analysis and evaluation as part of public policy and administration;
5. analyse and comment critically on the academic and policy literature on these topics;
6. apply public policy administration theories to contemporary problems in public services and organisation contexts;
Personal and Key Skills7. undertake independent/self-directed learning (including time management) to achieve consistent, proficient and sustained attainment;
8. work as a participant or leader of a group and contribute effectively to the achievement of objectives; and
9. reflect on the process of learning and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses.