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Implementation and evaluation of public policies

Izvajanje in vrednotenje javnih politik

Course credits:

6.00 ECTS / 60 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 30 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Alenka Krašovec


  • Assoc. Prof. Meta Novak






Second semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of Political Science - Public Policies and Sdministration


Students are allowed to participate in the course provided that they have completed the enrolment procedure. It is recommended that students have some prior basic knowledge from political sciences courses.

Objectives and competences

The objective of the course is to give students an understanding of the fundamental knowledge about the implementation and evaluation of public policies, programs, projects, together with practical (‘how to do’) analytical knowledge of conducting implementation and evaluation studies on concrete case studies. Due to preparation of a project work students will acquire analytical competences as well as critical thinking and research skills together with an ability to use different research methods and techniques in the field. Due to an obligation to prepare (write and defend) a project work in a project team students will acquire written communication competences and due to an obligation to oral presentation/defence of a seminar work also oral communication competences, with a special added value of gaining team work skill.

Content (Syllabus outline)

This course includes the following main sets of contents: 1) The role of implementation and evaluation in analysing public policies in broader political contexsts; recognition of specifics and connections of the contents, processes, institutions and issues that are being monitored and evaluated; identification of policy goals and objectives, as well as also mechanisms for achieving them; 2) Models for implementation and evaluation of public policies; methodological approaches and designs, as well as also analytical procedures of monitoring, assessing, evaluating; designing implementation and evaluation research and relations with the research clients; 3) Applied value of theoretical and methodological knowledge for administrative-political purposes (especially related to the theories and concepts of governance and evidence based policies); 4) Limitations and aberrations of implementation and evaluation processes and practices. Important part of this course is also devoted to the application of the gained knowledge on a selected case study analysis (in the frameworks of the team project works).

Intended learning outcomes:

Students understand, define, describe, identify, label, interconnect and on this basis present gained knowledge, concepts, theories, processes, relations. The can classify, discuss, interpret, analyse, explain, appraise, compare, generate, solve and apply the knowledge also on concrete case studies form practical everyday life. They are skilled in synthesising and critical evaluation of gained knowledge.

Learning and teaching methods:

- Lectures - Seminars - Individual and group consultations with professor - Public speaking and presentation/defence of a project work


Written exam 50 % Project work and its presentation/defence. Condition to approach a written exam is positive grade of a project work and its presentation/defence 50 %.

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Kustec, Simona
Title: Vrednotenje javnih politik »
Publishing: Ljubljana : Fakulteta za družbene vede, 2009
ISBN: 978-961-235-376-6
COBISS.SI-ID: 247750912 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Hill, Michael James; Hupe, Peter L.
Title: Implementing public policy : an introduction to the study of operational governance »
Edition: 3rd ed.
Publishing: Los Angeles [etc.] : Sage, cop. 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4462-6683-0; 978-1-4462-6684-7
COBISS.SI-ID: 21728771 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

1. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Vedung, Evert
Title: Public policy and program evaluation »
Edition: English ed.
Publishing: New Brunswick ; London : Transaction, 2008, cop. 1997
ISBN: 978-0-7658-0687-1; 0-7658-0687-8; 978-1-351-49560-8
COBISS.SI-ID: 28083805 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Weiss, Carol H.
Title: Evaluation : methods for studying programs and policies »
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publishing: Upper Saddle River : Prentice Hall, cop. 1998
ISBN: 0-13-309725-0
COBISS.SI-ID: 112485 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

3. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Hill, Michael James; Varone, Frédéric
Title: The public policy process »
Edition: 7th ed.
Publishing: Abingdon ; New York : Routledge, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-315-69396-5
COBISS.SI-ID: 29742083 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

Hot to aquire credits:

For full study

  1. Lectures, seminars and individual consultations
    Research paper, resarch project, seminar paper or assignments
    Written exam, oral exam, written/oral exam or 2 midterm exams

Curriculum was last modified on: 03.04.2022