Ensisijaisesti sosiaalitieteiden maisteriohjelman opiskelijoille.
Bachelor’s level studies
During the course, students will familiarise themselves with the starting points of politics based on research evidence; the purposes and targets, approaches, methods and data of evaluation research; as well as the ethics, active parties and processes of evaluation, including the status of the evaluating party.
After completing the course, students will be able to analyse the position of evaluation data in societal decision-making, utilise data produced by evaluations, draft plans for evaluation research, include the point of view of citizens and clients in evaluations, as well as understand the basics of evaluation methodology.
Third or fourth period
During the course, students familiarise themselves with practices based on research evidence, the purposes and approaches of evaluation, as well as evaluation methods and data. The course examines the evaluation process, the status of the evaluating party, as well as related ethics. Citizen-based evaluation and the utilisation of evaluation data, as well as the parties carrying out evaluations in Finland and abroad will be examined.
Students will draft a presentation on one evaluation study or an evaluation plan, in addition to which a group examination will be held.
Required literature (for the group examination):
Evert Vedung: Four Waves of Evaluation Diffusion. Evaluation 2010; 16 (3): pp. 263–277. PDF.
And one of the following:
Peter Dahler-Larsen (2012). The Evaluation Society, Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Ray Pawson (2013). The Science of Evaluation. A Realist Manifesto. Sage.
Gerry Stoker & Mark Evans (eds.) (2016). Evidence-based Policy-making in the Social Sciences. Methods that Matter. Policy Press.
Related literature (for the written assignments):
Michael Quinn Patton (2015). Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods: Integrating Theory and Practice. 4th Edition. Sage Publications.
Marketta Rajavaara: Yhteiskuntaan vaikuttava Kela. Katsaus vaikuttavuuden käsitteisiin ja arviointiin. Kelan tutkimusosasto 2006. Available at https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10250/7894)
Colin Robson & Kieran McCartan (2016). Real World Research. A Resource for User of Social Research Methods in Applied Settings. Fourth edition. Wiley.
An evaluation study or a dissertation on evaluation from a list to be announced later.
The written assignment and group examination will be assessed on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = fail, 1 = pass, 2 = satisfactory, 3 = good, 4 = very good, 5 = excellent).
Contact teaching including a written assignment: a) a presentation of a chosen evaluation study or a dissertation concerned with evaluation or b) drafting an evaluation plan, as well as a group examination for all students. External experts will contribute to the implementation of the lecture series.