Public policy evaluations aim to judge the measures taken by the State in terms of their efficacy, efficiency or pertinence. Public policy evaluation has now become a stand-alone discipline. Indeed, in Switzerland, evaluation has become increasingly institutionalised and has acquired an essential role in the development of public policies.
For evaluations to be pertinent to decision-making processes, evaluators must have the necessary skills to perform reliable, effective evaluations. However, evaluation mandators must also understand the principle concepts of evaluation so that they can competently accompany the process and then make the best use of an evaluation’s results.
Based on an interdisciplinary perspective, this course will concentrate on improving professional evaluation practices in the domain of public policy. The real-world examples used in the course will suit novice and experienced evaluators, experienced evaluation mandators and all the stakeholders concerned by evaluations.