Course 2020-2021 a.y.

20513 - POLICY ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION

Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 14
GIO (8 credits - II sem. - OB  |  SECS-P/06)
Course Director:
MARCO PERCOCO

Classes: 14 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 14: MARCO PERCOCO


Class-group lessons delivered  on campus

Mission & Content Summary

MISSION

Policies are at the heart of local and national government actions. Ex ante and ex post evaluations are increasingly needed in order to both estimate the impact of public interventions and identify best practices for policy design. Qualitative and quantitative methods are currently adopted by public bodies and researchers to provide policy makers with consistent information on policy outcomes.

CONTENT SUMMARY

The course integrates qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate projects and programs, from the European Commission evaluation procedures to cost-benefit analysis and difference-in-differences approaches. It explores both theoretical and applicative issues by alternating formal lectures, case studies discussions and computer sessions. In particular, cases from health policy, local development and environmental policies are thoroughly discussed with the help of data and common software packages.


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Make students familiar with the main tools of evaluation of projects and policies, as well as with strengths and weaknesses of quantitative methods.
  • Review and discuss several case studies of policy evaluation and project appraisal meant to provide a broad picture of current international practice.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Enable students to carry out autonomous evaluation research and practice by discussing projects and using common software packages.

Teaching methods

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Group assignments

DETAILS

The learning approach uses a blend of face-to-face lessons , case discussion, and interactive sessions with selected guest speakers.


Assessment methods

  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  x x

ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

The final exam assesses capacity of students to carry out autonomous evaluation research and practice by demanding the discussion of examples and cases.


Teaching materials


ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

They are indicated in class.

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