1618 Course V: Social Policy Evaluation
Assist.Prof. Dr. Sophie Guthmuller, Univ.Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schneider
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/15/23 to 09/22/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 10/03/23 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM Online-Einheit
Tuesday 10/10/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.-1.61
Tuesday 10/24/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM D3.0.233
Tuesday 11/07/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.5.05
Tuesday 11/21/23 02:00 PM - 02:45 PM TC.-1.61
Tuesday 11/21/23 02:45 PM - 05:00 PM D3.0.233
Tuesday 12/05/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.1.01 OeNB
Tuesday 12/19/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.4.01
Tuesday 01/16/24 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.4.03

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.

In this course we will use the WU Check-in for the attendance check (for attendance only, not for online participation).

Teaching/learning method(s)
  • Flipped classroum
    • Reading assignments
    • Questions and Answers (Q & A)
  • projectbased-group work
  • coaching and inputs by lecturers (brief presentations; feedback)
  • student presentations

Assessment Components (relative weights in the final grade)

  • Quiz (20%)
  • Written group assignment(s) (s) as part of the group project (45%)
  • Group presentation in the format of a role play (final presentation of the group's project (20%)
  • Creation of a miniquiz reviewing key aspects of one of the obligatory readings (15%)

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: 2023-10-11