1842 Course V: Social Policy Evaluation
Univ.Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schneider, Assist.Prof. Dr. Sophie Guthmuller
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/15/22 to 09/26/22
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 10/04/22 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM Online-Einheit
Tuesday 10/11/22 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM D5.1.003
Tuesday 10/25/22 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM EA.6.032
Tuesday 11/08/22 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM LC.2.064 PC Raum
Tuesday 11/22/22 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM TC.3.02
Tuesday 11/22/22 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.3.05
Tuesday 11/29/22 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM TC.3.11
Tuesday 12/06/22 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM TC.3.11
Tuesday 12/13/22 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM TC.3.11
Tuesday 01/10/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM D3.0.237

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 impact evaluation and 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 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 the time of the scheduled course units for completing the course successfully. Ideally you attend all units fully. If you are unable to fully attend a unit, please let the Lecturer(s) know in advance. In case online units are scheduled, the same attendance requirements apply.

Notice of Special Regulation for Covid-19: If a student is required to quarantine, or is otherwise prevented from attending class, due to a certified case of Covid-19 infection or a federally mandated Covid-19 lockdown, and this affects either attendance or the completion of an exam or other required course assignment, the course instructor is empowered to provide an alternative means for said student to meet the attendance/assessment requirement as necessary. The same means will be required of any student in the same situation in this course.

Students with symptoms or other suspicions of Covid should contact this office ( If given permission to stay home they must show official proof (e.g. forward the email) to the course instructors. Students must contact the potential Covid office if they believe they have symptoms. They cannot just decide to not attend class without this official permission (this would count as non-attendance).

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

Assessment Components (relative weights in the final grade)

  • Quiz (20%)
  • Written group assignment(s) (45%)
  • Group presentation(s) (25%)
  • Participation (10%)

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: 2022-04-12