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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
SPM0013254, A.A. 2015/16

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SP1428, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2015/16
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination POLICY ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/04 Polticial Science 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 15 35.0 2
Lecture 7.0 50 125.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/03/2016
End of activities 11/06/2016
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: It is hoped that students already have basic knowledge of political science, policy analysis and public law.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides the theoretical and methodological basis of the various approaches and methods to the evaluation of public policies and of public programs at state, regional and European level. In particular students attending the course have to learn approaches and techniques of avaluation, ex-ante and ex post, and have to develop skills to write an evaluation plan and to draw up a fine report of evaluation. The knowledge required is therefore theoretical and practical and it is based on the ability to define the policy issue and to develop a research design, identify dependent and independent variables and use measurement tools. The skills acquired can be used at various levels: in particular within the local and regional policies and in programming and evaluation of state and European policies.
Examination methods: The tests during the semester are two: the first, in the middle of the course, checks the knowledge of different approaches and assessment techniques. The second test provides for a research report to be presented in which the student must show to be able to write an evaluation plan and to apply the valuation techniques to empirical research.
Assessment criteria: Learning is based on both lectures and on empirical research carried out through research workshops at a local level. The research workshops, based on group activities, include the ability to discuss publicly a research report with the municipality involved.
Course unit contents: The cost-benefit analysis, the standard cost model and the regulatory impact analysis (RIA) are among the main valuation techniques studied.
Added to these are the performance measurement of policies and public programs and measuring the quality of services. These activities are becoming increasingly popular and widespread, both within the public sector in the private sector, especially in the context of the European integration process. However the difficulties of adoption and use of evaluation tools are still great. The difficulty in the functionality and effectiveness of the systems of assessment is largely due to a conceptual baggage not yet quite widespread and shared and measurement techniques largely unknown and little practiced.
The course is aimed indiscriminately at students and professionals in public administration and seeks to fill some of these gaps and try to train the use of valuation techniques also to verify the conditions of applicability of evaluation tools.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Learning is based both on the classic lectures and on empirical research carried out through research workshops in a municipality. The research workshops include the collaboration of politicians, civil servants and professionals of a local municipality that provide students with information and operational support for the development of an evaluation program.
The workshops conclude with a research report publicly discussed with the municipality involved.
Additional notes about suggested reading: For attending students, books indicated below are integrated with materials provided by the teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Lippi Andrea, La valutazione delle politiche pubbliche. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Vecchi, La valutazione delle politiche pubbliche in Morisi-Lippi "Manuale di scienza dell'amministrazione. La valutazione". Torino: Giappicchelli, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Giannelli Nicola, L'analisi delle politiche pubbliche. Roma: Carocci, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo