Development Policy and Practice Case Study At the start of the module, students will select a policy area from one of those featured: e.g. social, environmental, security and development policy. (The selection may vary from year to year according to contemporary relevance and the availability of study material).
Mapping exercise 1 (formative assessment) students identify and map the role of stakeholders in their selected policy area in relation to a set problem. The findings of this exercise are expected to be incorporated into CW1 (Policy Evaluation Report).
The formative assessment requires students to engage with a significant aspect of their Policy Evaluation Report. It builds confidence both in the analytical and practice-oriented skills required to complete the final report in a satisfactory manner. It relates learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Methods statement ñ key elements to include: Define your problem
Focus on process or outcomes?
Define/ explain your evaluation criteria
Indicate a set of policy options that you will assess (might include current policy)
Analysis of cause and effect ñ evidence of past/ expected impacts of policy options
Indicate the sources you will draw from and how you will analyse them
Indicate relevant concepts/ theories/ methods for assessing policy options.