Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM008M: Policy Analysis and Evaluation (MPA ONLY)

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the order indicated:

1. Policy analysis and evaluation: definition and key themes

2. Overview of techniques: valuation, observation and experimentation, case studies and large sample approaches

3. Field experiments and natural experiments

4. Meta-analysis and combining evidence

5. Using evaluation in evidence based policy, performance management

6. Review and comment on exercises

Teaching of subject knowledge will be through a) preliminary directed learning and compulsory reading of core texts b) two day block of intensive teaching using lectures, linked tutorials, seminar speakers and completion of exercises c) submission of exercises and reflective learning log and feedback.

Students are provided with a module handbook (also available via ELE) consisting of background material to inform the preliminary directed learning, the topics for discussion and learning in the intensive teaching days and teaching exercises. The intensive teaching days provide hands on experience with data analysis techniques for evaluation purposes and review the preliminary learning. The teaching exercises consist of evaluation problems with methods, and data analysis. The learning log will require students to relate what they have learned on the module to their current or prospective work practices and issues. In addition, the dedicated MPA ELE platform will have timed downloads of material and links to key reading and directed learning. Students are required to submit the mini-project to deadline at the end of the module.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching9Nine Lectures (1 hour each)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching6Six Seminars (1 hour each)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching3One Guest Presentation (3 hours)
Guided independent study82Reading, thinking and preparing for lectures and seminars
Guided independent study100Preparation for assignment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).