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Dalhousie University - School of Public Administration

PUAD-6300: Alternative Programme Delivery

DescriptionAlternative Methods in Programme Delivery is a graduate and honours undergraduate level seminar which allows participants to conduct and present research on the increasing resort by governments at all levels to alternative methods of programme delivery. Over the last decade and a half, governments around the world have moved from designing and delivering programmes themselves to utilizing the private sector, both profit and non-profit, for this purpose. These alternative methods have taken the form of the privatization of crown assets, public-private partnerships to address a myriad of concerns (from the design and construction of bridges and highways to the management of laundry facilities in institutions for long term care), user fees and charges, contracting out, and the adoption of business-like practices in their own operations.

This class has two purposes. The first is to allow participants to explore methodologies for assessing the viability of alternative programme delivery in particular fields, based on the best practices of the past decade. The second is to allow participants to explore critically the use or proposed use of alternative methods of programme delivery in areas in which they have an interest. Each participant is expected to prepare a seminar paper of at least 5,000 words, to present their findings in class in a presentation not exceeding thirty minutes in length, and to respond to questions. In addition, participants are asked to prepare a critique of a paper by another participant, and to lead discussion on that paper.

INSTRUCTOR(S): P. Brown PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

Faculty: Paul Brown

Source: Graduate Calendar at (accessed 6 January 2014), and downloaded to the Atlas at

Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Policy and Management Subject



Commentary by the Atlas editors: The 2008 syllabus for the course was provided to the PPG Atlas in 2010 and is attached. The class titles provide interesting candidates for teaching topics to be developed:

  • Alternative Service/Program Delivery as a Policy Instrument
  • Alternative Program Delivery as Contracting Out
  • Alternative Delivery as Partnerships - Principles and Best Practices
  • Alternative Delivery as User Fees and Charges
  • Alternative Delivery, Volunteerism and the Not-for-Profit Sector
  • Cost Comparison and Methodologies for ASD Analysis

Page created by: Ian Clark, 12 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.



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