Policy Evaluation

Module fact file

Masters Level
Summer Term
10 credits
Contact Hours:
10:00-16:00 (Over two days)
MA Social Research

Contact details

Module lead
Martin Powell

Module description

This course aims to examine ‘policy evaluation in the real world’ by presenting policy evaluation within the context of policy making, and by ‘hands on’ evaluation of policy.

  • Evaluation and Public Policy (What is Policy Evaluation?; Evaluation and the Policy Process; Evaluation and Stakeholders)
  • Developing Evaluation Designs (Criteria/What?; Types of Evaluation; Evaluation Design
  • Evaluation Designs (Descriptive; Audit; Before-After; Comparative- experimentalist; Randomised Controlled Experimental; Systematic Review; Policy Transfer);  Evaluation Problems; the ‘Green Book’
  • Workshop: Policy Evaluation.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of policy evaluation;
  • Understand the different approaches to policy evaluation, and compare their advantages and disadvantages
  • Evaluate existing policy evaluations, differentiating the correct contexts for application; and
  • Evaluate policy


A 3000 word evaluation of a national or local organisation or recent policy (eg National Institute of Clinical Excellence; Payment by Results; urban regeneration; school reorganisation)

Related degrees:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.