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School of Politics and International Relations

POLM025 Evaluation and Delivery in Public Policy

Credits: 30 credits

Semester: Semester B

Timetable: Tuesdays 9:00-10:00 & 11:00-12:00 & 12:00-13:00, and Wednesdays 10:00-11:00

Contact: Dr. 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 critical overview of the theory and practice of two of the crucial 'end' stages of the policy process: delivery and evaluation. The module will examine how governments and public agencies around the world have sought to upgrade their delivery and evaluation capacity in recent decades. Lectures will be given by staff and leading practitioners who have front-line experience and knowledge. The course will explore the development of theoretical and empirical academic literature and provide opportunities for students to apply this material to selected case studies relevant to the group. Practitioners will be encouraged to reflect on their practices and experiences.


  • Item 1: 40% Research Essay 1 (2000 words)
  • Item 2: 60% Research Essay 2 (3000 words)
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