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An online postgraduate unit provided by Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia, Evaluation and the Policy Process introduces concepts and methods of policy evaluation and explores its place in policy processes and the social sciences. In addition to examining various approaches to evaluation, you will discuss the ethical and political issues surrounding this process and apply the knowledge you acquire to current policy and program case studies.
On completion of this unit, you will have developed fundamental tools of evidence-based evaluation in policy and program management, and the ability to integrate ethical, analytical, political and methodological requirements. You will learn how to reflect carefully on any ethical issues that may arrive in the course of an evaluation, and understand how to attend to them with integrity and respect.
This unit is delivered through a number of different instructional methods and resources, including web links, streaming and embedded multimedia, discussion forums and online assignment submission. Assessment is based on participation, a writing exercise and a non-invigilated exam.
In order to enrol, you must be accepted into the following course:
In this Evaluation and the Policy Process unit, the topics you will study include:
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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Evaluation and the Policy Process teaches the skills needed to apply professionalism to an independent evaluation, with a keen understanding of the various needs and perspectives that should inform your findings and recommendations. The skills you acquire on this unit can be applied extensively in a variety of organisations, from the corporate sector and local government to fundraising and community work.
The unit is a core requirement of the Graduate Diploma in Policy and Applied Social Research, offering the tools for career advancement in a range of fields. Success in this field can open up employment opportunities in social and community services, research, analysis and planning, teaching, advocacy and much more. Many graduates have gone on to enjoy key social research based roles in government, the private sector or their local communities.
If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).Find out more about government study loans here.
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