|Owning Department/School:||Department of Social & Policy Sciences|
|Level:||Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
|Requisites:||Before taking this unit you must take SP10001 and take SP10002|
The aims of the unit are to:
i. Develop an understanding of the principal approaches to social policy evaluation;
ii. Develop the capacity to apply appropriately these approaches to policy examples and to critically appraise evaluation evidence.
By the end of the unit the students should be able to:
* Understand the role of social policy evaluation in the policy cycle;
* Compare and contrast the strengths of the different evaluation approaches and their uses in different settings;
* Understand the benefits of good policy evaluation;
* Interpret and understand the limitations of evaluations' results;
* Critically engage with and review evaluation evidence.
* To think creatively and analytically
* To communicate an argument
* To evaluate others' arguments and research
* To learn independently and be able to assess own learning needs (i.e. identify strengths and improve weaknesses in methods of learning and studying).
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information.
* To gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources (i.e. library, web-based, archives etc.).
* To select appropriate and relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge.
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding.
* To utilise problem solving skills.
* Study & Learning skills (note taking, avoiding plagiarism, using the library, gathering and using information, constructing a bibliography, referencing)
* Basic Information and Computing Technology skills (word processing, email, using the web to search for information)
* Inter-personal and communication skills
* Essay research, preparation and writing skills
* To construct a bibliography of varying complexity
* Time-management and administrative skills
* Presentation skills and verbal communication (i.e. oral presentations, seminar and tutorial contributions).
What is evaluation and why evaluate? Evaluation methodology; Effectiveness, efficiency and economy; Performance indicators, outcomes and quality assessment; Illuminative evaluation; The evaluation of innovation; The politics and organisation of evaluation; Learning through experience.
SP20010 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Social & Policy Sciences
SP20010 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Social & Policy Sciences