A Public Policy and Management Subject in the Management Functions Domain
Evaluation and Performance Measurement
This subject area deals with different strategies for evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and policies. Many of the evaluation methodologies and techniques that are taught in this subject area can be applied to policies and programs in both the public and not-for-profit sectors. The purpose of this subject is to provide students with the analytical tools necessary for the assessment of the validity, effectiveness and impact of policy decisions at each stage of a policy or program’s life cycle. The development of logic models and the identification of appropriate criteria for performance measurement are among the important topics examined within this subject area. In addition to exploring strategies for evaluating programs and policies against their stated objectives, courses in this subject area may also address the challenges of identifying and measuring both positive and negative unintended consequences of government action.
This Atlas subject also includes topics associated with the management functions of Internal Audit and Performance Audit. Material comparing these functions with program evaluation can be found in the Comparing Audit and Evaluation box on this page.