Policy Planning and Program Evaluation

  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

Cov­ers the cen­tral role of plan­ning in munic­i­pal deci­sion-mak­ing, as well as the imple­men­ta­tion of pro­grams and eval­u­a­tions of both poli­cies and pro­grams. Pro­gram eval­u­a­tion is of increas­ing impor­tance because a munic­i­pal­i­ty must assess exist­ing pro­grams before it can reori­ent them to deliv­er new poli­cies, long-term plans, or alter­na­tive objectives.

Course at a glance
  • Aimed at individuals who are currently working in positions with greater responsibilities within the local government field, as well as those working toward their Certified Local Government Manager designation.
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Participate in online discussions with peers from all over Canada and expand your professional network.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between local governance and management vis-à-vis policy analysis and evaluation.
  • Have an understanding of conceptual frameworks for public policy analysis and evaluation.
  • Explain the potential and the limitations of systematic policy analysis and evaluation in the context of local governance and management.
  • Understand the contextual political, economic, and social factors that influence key characteristics of public policies, programs, and projects at the local level.
  • Identify problem recognition and definition in the local governance context.
  • Analyze policy and program formulation and implementation initiatives in the local governance context.
Take note:

  • A textbook is required for this course; details will be provided in the course syllabus.
  • Additional learning materials are provided through eClass.
  • This is one of four core courses required for the NACLAA Level II program.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

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