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Policy Evaluation

Faculté de gestion: Institut de hautes études en administration publique

Responsable(s): Pirmin Bundi

Période de validité: 2023 ->

Horaires du cours (Hebdomadaire)

Date Lieu Remarque Thématique Intervenant(s)
2023/2024 : Lundi 13:15-16:15 (Hebdomadaire) IDHEAP/AULA     Pirmin Bundi
IDHEAP/AULA - Excepté | 18.03.2024 | 25.03.2024
2023/2024 : Mardi 09:00-12:00 (Hebdomadaire) IDHEAP/AULA    
IDHEAP/AULA - Excepté | 19.03.2024 | 26.03.2024


Semestre de printemps
24 heures par semestre
Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 3



Evaluations assess states’ measures with respect to their effectiveness, efficiency or fitness for purpose. In doing so, policy evaluations have established themselves as an independent discipline. In Switzerland, evaluations are increasingly institutionalized and have acquired a significant status in policy-making. In order to influence the decision making process, evaluators must not only have the necessary skills to conduct reliable and useful evaluations, but they also must deal with evaluation practice at a higher level of analysis.




This course aims to teach scientific knowledge and skills in the field of evaluation, so that participants can design, implement, and manage evaluations. Therefore, the primary learning objective is the ability to apply evaluation theories and methods in different contexts and functions, which is why the course is aimed at individuals who lead evaluation teams, who are responsible for the management of evaluations, or who work in consulting or research area. However, we will not only focus on how evaluations are conducted, but also investigate the context of evaluations and how both individuals and organizations can enhance the impact of evaluations.

At the end of the course, the participants :


·         understand the concept of an evaluation and how it distinguishes itself from other approaches (e.g. monitoring, audit, quality management);


·         are able to plan and realize an evaluation;


·         are familiar with program theories and evaluation approaches;


·         know the most important methods to measure effectiveness, efficiency and the purpose of public interventions;


·         understand the role of evaluation in the political system of Switzerland and know the motivation behind its demand and use;


·         recognize the significance of evaluations in practice and how they can enhance their impact.





Ecrit de 2h avec documentation
Rattrapage écrit de 2 H avec documentation



Alkin, M. C. (2012). Evaluation roots: Tracing theorists' views and influences . Sage, Thousand Oaks.


Barbier, J.-C. and Hawkins, P. (2012). Evaluation cultures. Sense-making in complex times. Transaction Press, New Brunswick.


Bundi, P. (2016). What do we know about the demand for evaluations? Insights from the parliamentary arena. American Journal of Evaluation , 37(4):522-541.


Christie, C. A. (2007). Reported influence of evaluation data on decision makers? Actions an empirical examination. American Journal of Evaluation , 28(1):8-25.


Henry, G. T. and Mark, M. M. (2003). Beyond use: Understanding evaluation's influence on attitudes and actions. American Journal of Evaluation , 24(3):293-314.


Horber-Papazian, K. (2015). Regards croisés sur l'évaluation en Suisse . Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes, Lausanne.


Johnson, K., Greenseid, L. O., Toal, S. A., King, J. A., Lawrenz, F., and Volkov, B. (2009). Research on evaluation use. A review of the empirical literature from 1986 to 2005. American Journal of Evaluation ,30(3):377-410.


UtilisationCode facultéStatutCrédits Maîtrise universitaire en Politique et Management Publics, 1ère année (2013 ->) ›› Méthodes de rechercheObligatoire3.00Plan libre en Politique et Management Publics (2018 ->) ›› Plan libre idheapOptionnel3.00

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