UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SOCS5501 Evaluation

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content How do you know whether a policy, project or program has worked? Evaluation involves a structured process whereby the success of a social policy, program, or enterprise, can be assessed. Best practice requires that all projects, whether government, NGO or industry funded, include an evaluation component. This unit provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of social policies, programs and enterprises. It covers a range of tools and techniques, including program evaluation, rapid rural appraisal, participatory action research, photovoice and more. Students are taken through the process of planning evaluations, from determining what measures are used (e.g. quantitative and qualitative), and what is taken to constitute success, to reflexive learning based on outcomes. It covers formative and summative evaluation. The unit is useful for anyone working in community development, international development, policy development, governance, service delivery, criminology, public health and social research more generally.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) appreciate the importance of evaluation in policy and program development; (2) understand the key concepts of and approaches to evaluation; (3) identify a range of evaluation tools and their appropriate uses; (4) design an evaluation of a social policy program or project; (5) critically evaluate the quality of evaluations across a range of contexts; (6) identify and address a range of ethical considerations in undertaking evaluation research; and (7) positively engage in group work.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) essay; (2) group project; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Jeannette Taylor and Associate Professor Farida Fozdar
Contact hours up to 3 hours per week (11 weeks), may be taught in intensive mode
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/SOCS5501/TS-U-2/2017

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