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Dr. Adam Stebbing
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Evaluation is among the most common, and possibly most useful, forms of applied social research. It involves using research methodologies to systematically assess a policy or program to set criteria. This unit surveys key topics and practice-based skills widely used in evaluation research that have potential applications in the public, non-profit, and for-profit private sectors. As this field of research is expansive, the unit primarily draws on case studies from social policy - public interventions that offer protection from social ills and are among those that impact most on everyday life - to provide focus for class sessions and assessments. The unit proceeds in four modules. The first module provides context by engaging with key understandings of social policies and programs. The second module introduces key evaluation tools and skills for understanding programs and focusing research. The third module focuses on issues in designing and carrying out evaluations, from small-scale projects to those analysing 'big data'. And, the fourth module discusses the politics of evaluation and evidence in policy making to draw out key political and ethical questions. Across these four modules, students will gain a clear understanding of key elements of evaluation research design, as well as the potential uses and misuses of this form of applied social policy research.
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|Take Home Exam||40%||No||08/11/2021|
1,500 word paper
Taken home exam
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SOCI8020 Evaluating Social Policy is delivered via 'fulling online' mode, which involves online learning and no on-campus sessions. It has 13 topics that are structured into four modules, as the table shows.
|Module||Topic #||Topic title|
|Module 1. Foundations of Social Policy||1||Introducing 'Evaluating Social Policy'|
|2||Defining Social Policy|
|3||Understanding the Welfare State|
|Module 2. Evaluative Tools & Frameworks||4||Theories of Change|
|5||Program Logic Models|
|6||Evaluating Social Policy|
|Module 3. Designing Evaluations||7||Measuring Impact|
|9||Working with Existing Data|
|Module 4. The Politics of Evaluation & Evidence||11||Why Use 'Mixed Methods'?|
|12||Using and Misusing CBA & SRI|
|13||Evidence-Based or Evidence Informed Policy?|
There are online lectures and activities for each of the 13 topics, which are intended to mirror the 13 week semester. Topics 1 to 13 are 'fully online'. Please see the SOCI8020 iLearn page for more information.
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|27/07/2021||Assessment dates for the Research Report and Take Home Exam were entered in the incorrect order. The dates have been switched so that the Research Report is due on 20/09/2021 and the Take Home Exam is now due on 8th November, 2021.|