2137 Course V: Social Policy Evaluation
Univ.Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schneider, Sophie Fößleitner, M.Sc., Assist.Prof. Dr. Sophie Guthmuller
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/16/21 to 09/19/21
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 10/12/21 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM Online-Einheit
Tuesday 10/19/21 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.3.21
Tuesday 11/02/21 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.5.14
Tuesday 11/16/21 01:15 PM - 04:15 PM TC.2.03
Tuesday 12/07/21 01:15 PM - 04:15 PM Online-Einheit
Tuesday 12/14/21 01:15 PM - 04:15 PM Online-Einheit
Tuesday 01/11/22 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM Online-Einheit
Tuesday 01/25/22 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM Online-Einheit

The course will present a comprehensive framework to evaluate health and social policies. Special emphasis will be given to the assessment of policy effectiveness with the presentation of methods such as cost-effectiveness analysis. The comprehensive framework will cover the evaluation of the policies’ efficiency, impact, equity, acceptability, relevance, and sustainability, and will be applied to the analysis of concrete health and social policies in Austria and internationally.

Learning outcomes

After completion of this course, students will be able to

  • discuss the institutional and socio-economic context for policy evaluation,
  • apply alternative theories and concepts to policy evaluation,
  • articulate alternative approaches to assessing health and social policy,
  • identify strenghts and weaknesses of different approaches to program evaluation,
  • commission and policy evaluations,
  • draw policy conclusions from results of health and social  policy evaluations.

 In addition, students will have

  • the know-how to obtain and analyze information which will aid decision making,
  • the ability to conduct a stakeholder analysis in a the setting of health and social policy,
  • the ability to take a multi-disciplinary approach to the application of analytical templates and other techniques,
  • improved academic writing and presentation skills.
Attendance requirements

This being a ‘Course with continuous Assessment (PI)’, the university requires students to attend at least 80% of all classes for completing the course successfully. Ideally you don’t miss any classes.

Teaching/learning method(s)
  • lectures
  • group work
  • student presentations

Assessment Components (relative weights in the final grade)

  • Quiz (20%)
  • Written group assignment(s) (30%)
  • Group presentation(s) (30%)
  • Participation (20%)

Grade Key (point ranges)

  • 1: Excellent (90-100 points)
  • 2: Good (80-89 points)
  • 3: Satisfactory (65-79 points)
  • 4: Sufficient (50-64 points)
  • 5: Fail (0-49 points)

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Availability of lecturer(s)

Right after class or by e-mail. Meetings can be scheduled upon demand.

Last edited: 2021-09-21