Evaluating Large Scale Programs

Subject 481-810 (2008)

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Credit Points: 25.000
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours for internal mode students. External mode students can expect a total workload of approximately 240 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Neil Day
Subject Overview:

The subject is based on an assumption that leaders and managers need timely systematic information for use in decision-making about programs [and policies] for which they are responsible. The focus is on internal evaluations within organisations [for example schools, government agencies and businesses] which have adopted a learning organisation focus. Students will be exposed to program planning techniques such as Logical Framework Analysis, program logic, and evaluability assessment. Other topics include evaluative techniques to develop and improve programs. These include: needs assessment; translation of policy into local action; development of policy from innovative practice; and various approaches to implementation including action research. Students will be exposed to a range of data management approaches and reporting via case studies used during class sessions.

Assessment: A practical report of 4,000 words (50 per cent) and a review essay of 4,000 words (50 per cent).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Readings will be provided on the Webraft site for the subject. Preliniary Reading: Pawson, R., & Tilley N, Realistic Evaluation, Sage, London, 1997
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, students will:
  • understand the nature of multi-site multi-intervention programs;
  • be capable of assessing competing evaluation designs for such programs;
  • understand the role of program theory approaches to evaluation of large scale programs and be able to use these approaches.

Generic Skills

On completion of this subject, students will:

  • understand large scale, complex programs
  • have good understanding of complex evaluation issues
  • have advanced analytical capacity to understand large scale programs and the organizations involved with these.
Links to further information: www.edfac.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Doctor Of Education
Doctor of Education
Master of Assessment and Evaluation (Stream 100A) Coursework and ThesisA
Master of Assessment and Evaluation (Stream 100B) Coursework
Master of Assessment and Evaluation (Stream 150A) Coursework & Thesis A
Master of Assessment and Evaluation (Stream 150B) Coursework
Master of Assessment and Evaluation(Stream 150)Coursework & Major Thesis
Master of Education (Stream 100A) Coursework and Thesis A
Master of Education (Stream 100B)Coursework
Master of Education (Stream 150) Major Thesis
Master of Education (Stream 150A) Coursework and Thesis A
Master of Education (Stream 150B) Coursework

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