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Second cycle
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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8084025, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SP1428, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in GOVERNMENT SCIENCES AND PUBLIC POLICIES (Ord. 2018)


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 3.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 3.0 21 54.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: t is recommended that students have followed the course of Analysis of public policies, Evaluation of public policies, Methodology of social research or Statistics.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will have to acquire an adequate knowledge of the techniques and methods for the preparation of an evaluation plan and a reporting plan of the results of the research; the ability to interpret the research questions and adequately identify the appropriate techniques to make the concepts operational. All this also to develop the ability to construct empirical and usable concepts of sustainable within local policies. Abilities consist mainly of building a 'battery of output , outcome and impact indicatori' within the policy process.
The laboratory makes use of direct interaction with a local administration to facilitate the understanding of the problems and characteristics of the interaction between supply and demand for evaluation and for the development of indicators to be used in local policies.
Examination methods: The exam includes the presentation and discussion in the classroom first with the teacher and then in front of the local administration involved in the research report with the illustration of the main aspects of application to reality and improving the sustainability of policies.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria used will be the following:
- verification of the methodological adequacy and completeness of the structure of the research plan and the research report
- Verification of the ability to operate concepts and build a battery of sustainability indicators (output, outcome and impact) of the analyzed policies
- Verification of the relevance of the conclusions reached deriving also from the ability to know how to use adequate sources of data and to be able to exploit the interactions with the local administration.
Course unit contents: The structure characteristics and functionality of a research plan and a final research report will be analyzed, including the difference between "performance plan" and "policy evaluation plan".
Furthermore, the 'protocol of evaluative research' will be analyzed, which includes not only the use of the 'Logical framework approach' techniques but also a series of instructions on how to correctly interact with the local client.
Illustrated the concept and use of "battery of indicators" and "sustainability" in light of the main EU and national sources.
Application of the tools to the local policy case chosen for the laboratory and analyze the data geo-referencing techniques.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching methodology is that of the action learnig, that is not only the correct learning and scientifically validated application of the research techniques to the concrete case but the concrete interaction on the researcher's field with the policy makers.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Il docente integra il proprio materiale didattico, che sarà fornito all'inizio del corso, con materiali scelti in lingua Italiana e inglese adatti a supportare la metodologia di action learning.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Maria Stella Righettini, Valutare l'innovazione e la sostenibilit√† delle politiche pubbliche. Padova: --, 2018. Dispensa del docente
  • E. Bardach, A Pratica Guide to Policy Analysis. Washington D.C.: CQ PRess, 2009. Fornito dal Docente
  • Martini-Sisti, Valutare il successo delle politiche pubbliche. Bologna: Mulino, 2009. alcuni capitoli Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Concept maps
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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