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Introduction to Program Evaluation - JSM678
Title: Introduction to Program Evaluation
Czech title: Úvod do evaluace veřejných politik
Guaranteed by: Department of Public and Social Policy (23-KVSP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023 to 2023
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unlimited (20)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Mgr. Martin Nekola, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Martin Nekola, Ph.D.
Incompatibility : JSM654
Are public programs working as intended? What are their real effects? Furthermore, are these effects meeting expectations, or could the resources spent be better used? These and other questions are being asked by the relatively young field of social science called program evaluation. As a practical activity, evaluation is vital to designing and implementing public policies and programs. Its main task is to provide reliable and useful information to managers, politicians, civil servants and other public policy actors. Program evaluation provides feedback on what works, under what conditions, and what activities need to be changed or discontinued.

This course serves as an introduction to the theory and practice of evaluation of publicly funded programs. Main aim is to develop basic conceptual knowledge about program evaluation with focus on the practical competencies for applying this knowledge. Students will be introduced to the main concepts, evaluation designs (plans) and methods of evaluation research, starting from program theory to evaluating the effectiveness of program effects and presenting evaluation results.

The acquired skills can be used in different positions within the public, private or non-profit sector (e.g., project manager, internal or external evaluator, policy analyst). Experienced evaluators from practice are involved in the teaching, and students learn on real evaluation projects. Graduates of the course should be able to:
• discuss the different purposes and types of evaluation of public programs;
• develop a complete evaluation project design to evaluate the impact of a specific public program;
• understand the main methods of effect evaluation and assess the effectiveness of the program;
• summarize and interpret the results of the evaluation;
• identify the social, political and ethical issues associated with evaluation.
Last update: Nekola Martin, Mgr., Ph.D. (30.03.2023)

Primary literature for the course


  • Rossi, P. H., Lipsey, M. W., & Henry, G. T. (2019). Evaluation: a systematic approach (Eighth edition). Sage. Hereafter referred to as RLH 2019.



  • Robson, C. (2000). Small-scale evaluation: Principles and practice. Sage Publications.


Required literature is available for download in Moodle.

Last update: Nekola Martin, Mgr., Ph.D. (30.03.2023)

See attached pdf

Last update: Novotný Vilém, PhDr., Ph.D. (23.12.2023)
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