Evidence Based Policy Analysis G (11792.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Online
|| UC - Canberra, Online
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Canberra School Of Politics, Economics And Society||Graduate Level|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Policy Analysis has long been recognised more as art and craft than science. Our democratic Westminster traditions require government advisers to balance out the dual roles of implementing the decisions of politicians while also providing analytically sound and professional policy advice which is frank and fearless. Professor Aaron Wildavsky described the job of policy advisers as 'speaking truth to power', though what is truth and the public interest will always be contested.
A strategic learning approach to policy development underpins the unit which presents policy design and analysis as a process of crafting, with a focus on achieving outcomes for citizens and the community. This involves an understanding of better policy-making which pays particular attention to the intersection of evidence and politics, inclusive policy design (with more effective stakeholder and citizen engagement), learning, and innovation. This approach is well-suited to addressing complex policy issues which the elected officials.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify strategies to improve policy-making;
2. Engage in politically aware evidence-based policy design;
3. Understand the realities of real-world policy making and the intersection between evidence and politics; and
4. Present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate professionally in a policy environment.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Online||Study Block 3||08 May 2023||Online||Dr John Hawkins|
|2024||UC - Canberra, Online||Study Block 1||15 January 2024||Online||Dr John Hawkins|
|2024||UC - Canberra, Online||Study Block 5||26 August 2024||Online||Dr John Hawkins|
Stoker, G & Evans, M (eds) 2016 Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social Sciences. Policy Press.
Peters, B & Fontaine, G (eds) 2020 Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Comparative Policy Analysis, Elgar
Access to these books are available online through the library.
Required IT skills
This unit involves online tutorials in real time using the Virtual Room in your UCLearn teaching site. The Virtual Room allows you to communicate in real time with your tutor and other students. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For more information and to test your computer, go to the Virtual Room in your UCLearn site and 'Join Course Room'. This will trigger a tutorial to help familiarise you with the functionality of the virtual room.
You will need to have access to, and familiarity with using, Microsoft Word.
Work placement, internships or practicums