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On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. appraise the literature on the formulation and implementation of social policies.
2. employ this literature in the analysis of Irish social policy formulation and implementation.
3. comprehend the key methodologies used to evaluate social policies
4. apply these research methodologies to the design of social policy evaluations.
5. critique the use of policy evaluation in Irish social policy making.
6. Critically analyse key texts and research on social policy making, implementation and evaluation.
7. work effectively as a group
The opening lecture will introduce the module and to the policy cycle
This will be followed by a series or lectures organised around three core themes of the module. Three guest speakers with a policy practice background (e.g. civil servant, non-profit sector) will contextualise each theory block at the end.
- introduction to theories of policy-making and the factors which influence policy design.
- Power Resources: Pluralism and Elitism
- Rational Choice Theory and Game Theory
- Ideas and Knowledge Transfer
- introduction to policy implementation theory
- Top down theories of policy implementation
- Bottom up theories of policy implementation
- Incrementalism and Mixed-Scanning
- Introduction and Ethics
- Evaluation Designs
- Impact evaluation
- Conducting and writing up evaluations.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
No prior learning requirements. To get an idea about some of the topics covered in the policy cycle watch the video below.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Group Project: Critical review of a key public policy book. 1500 words||Week 7||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: 24 hour exam. Evaluation of a policy programme. 750-1000 words||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
Students will receive individual feedback on their projects and also from their classmates in their online critical reading groups.