Masterclass for the Master of Public Policy

4 December 2019

Evaluation: Thinking About Policy Success and Failure

Governments routinely claim that their policies have succeeded while opponents, media and areas of civil society are much more critical. This lecture will focus on whether success and failure are matters of fact and evidence, or matters of judgment and interpretation. It will examine the methodological complexities of evaluation processes, including weighing up the importance of multiple goals, and the challenges of whether small shortfalls and lack of evidence are enough to warrant the label ‘failure’. It also encourages us to this holistically about ‘policy’ as ‘whatever governments choose to do nor not do so. This means that there are a suite of activities where governments can succeed and/or fail e.g. steering policy making, producing programs to address problems and managing political agendas while protecting reputations. Potentially, policies can succeed in some of these realms some respects , but fail in others. One example is referred to colloquially as ‘good politics but bad policy’.

Presented by Professor Allan McConnell

This session is part of Postgraduate Info Evening in the CBD. Register here.  


Event details



Masterclass for the Master of Public Policy

Where
Hilton Sydney
488 George Street 
Sydney, NSW 2000 
When

4 December 2019


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