Impact Evaluation: Principles & Practice

Subject EDUC90714 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 contact hours
Total Time Commitment:

160 hours


There is one prerequisite:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Education Student Centre
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Call: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This course takes an in-depth look at procedures and challenges associated with establishing the outcomes and impacts of social programs and policies. Topics that will be examined include: the nature of causation; dealing with issues of attribution; conceptual and technical considerations associated with experimental and quasi experimental designs; as well as alternative strategies for causal analysis.

Learning Outcomes:

This subject is designed to enable students to:
• understand fundamentals of causal description and causal explanation;
• understand the nature, role and logic of experiments in the evaluation of social programs;
• identify strengths and limitations of summative evaluation studies;
• become familiar with alternative approaches and methods for conducting impact evaluations; and
• apply this knowledge to real-world settings.


There are three pieces of assessment:

  • Written task of 3000 words due in Week 4 (30% );
  • Written task of 6000 words due at the end of the subject (60%);
  • Class or forum participation throughout the semester (10%).
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Education (Stream 100B)Coursework
Master of Education (Stream 150)
Master of Evaluation
Master of Evaluation

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