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SOSP1015 S.7 The role of policy analysis and evaluation under adverse economic conditions (V) 3 ECTS
Organised by
Social Policy
Person in charge
Takis Venetoklis

Learning outcomes

Present basic principles guiding modern policy analysis and evaluation. Through real-life examples of such policy evaluations, examine some of the many considerations linked to the current structural and fiscal reforms implemented in different EU member states due to the euro-zone financial crisis.


In the first part of the course we give definitions of policy evaluation and accountability. We show why the notion of counterfactual is important in measuring policy impacts and discuss evaluation designs and data collection problems. We also describe in a non-technical way estimation methods and present how one can apply cost-benefit principles in evaluating a public policy or a program. We finally discuss the notion of Institutional Trust and how it is connected to economic recession and to evaluation. In the second part we demonstrate and analyse real life examples of policy evaluations.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 12 h 0 h

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English

Written exam (open books and notes)
Written assignments (5-6 pages)


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4. year spring

Study materials

Reading material (examples)

Langbein & Felbingen (2012): Public program Evaluation. A statistical guide. 2nd Ed.

Material distributed during lectures

Further information

This is an elective course

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Social Research
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Social Research
Social Research
Finnish Study Modules
Department of Social Research
Social Policy
Social Work
Economic Sociology