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Evaluation of Policy & Professional Practice
University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton
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Increasingly evaluation research has become central to assuring and underpinning quality, effectiveness and accountability in many public services sectors, including social work, education and health care.
This short, advanced post graduate course is intended for students with some familiarity with fundamental principles of evaluation research, and with some of the key approaches (including impact evaluation, process evaluation and realist evaluation) that may be deployed to evaluate interventions (if students do not have such familiarity then reading the set texts prior to the course is likely to be necessary and sufficient). The critical focus of the course will be on three key challenges and different theoretical and practical responses to them, namely:
The content of the course will be focussed on sharing experiences of developing and carrying out current and recent evaluative research, with some review of historical “classics” of evaluative research. Various methods will be presented and the course will explore pragmatic, theoretical and methodological issues in developing effective evaluative designs.
Forrester, D. (2012) ‘Evaluative Research” in M. Gray, J. Midgely, and S. Webb (eds.) Handbook of Social Work. London: Sage
Oakley, A. (2000) Experiments in Knowing: Gender and Method in the Social Sciences, Cambridge, Polity Press
Pawson, R. and Tilley, N. (1997) Realistic Evaluation, London, Sage.
Torgerson, D.J. and Torgerson, C.J. (2008) Designing Randomised Trials in Health, Education and the Social Sciences: An Introduction, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
Dr Henglien Lisa Chen
University of Sussex (DTC Course)
Advanced (specialised prior knowledge)
External student from DTP partner universities (City, UEA, Essex, Goldsmiths, Kent, Reading, Roehampton, Royal Holloway, Surrey) - £10 External student all other institutions - £30 External faculty/other staff member - £100
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