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School of Politics and International Relations

POLM025 Evaluation and Delivery in Public Policy

Credits: 30 credits

Semester: Semester B

Timetable: Live Online Lecture 9:00-10:00 Mondays, Webinar 1 10:00-11:00 Mondays, Webinar 2 15:00-16:00 Mondays

Contact: Karl Pike

Availability: Compulsory module for MSc & MRes Public Policy students, optional module for MSc International Public Policy students


This course aims to provide a structured introduction to two distinct fields within public policy analysis, namely policy delivery or ‘implementation’, alongside the use of evaluation and evidence in the shaping of public policies. A key theme of the course is bridging the concepts and tools derived from academic policy analysis with problems and issues that arise in the ‘real world’ of policy-making. The process of policy implementation cannot adequately be understood as an activity that takes place beyond politics, somehow devoid of institutional constraints. Similarly, the use of policy evaluation and evidence in the policy-making process faces many obstacles and barriers of which we need to be aware.

Assessment: 100% Coursework (Two Essays)

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