London, United Kingdom

Project, Programme and Policy Evaluation

online course
when 29 June 2020 - 10 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 1200

Evaluations play an increasingly important role in the policy process. Stakeholders, including the public in general, hold expectations that governments demonstrate the results and effects of public interventions and their capacity to deliver value-for-money services. Nowadays, evaluations are often made for projects and programmes funded by super-national organisations, international organizations and donor institutions. Evaluations are also increasingly required by governments and audit institutions in many countries.

Developing the knowledge and skills to design, execute and appraise evaluations is fundamental for everyone who works in or with the government nowadays. Managers who are responsible for a project or a programme, elected civil servants who are held accountable for public policies, and auditors who review and appraise the efficiency and effectiveness of public spending are expected to understand or carry out evaluations on their own.

This online course will provide the theoretical and methodological foundations for conducting evaluations. Students will learn how to evaluate projects, programmes and policies from the very design until the reporting and dissemination stages. The course will make use of several cases and examples of evaluations from various countries and regions of the world.

Course leader

Dr Alberto Asquer

Target group

You will have completed one year of undergraduate study at the time of joining the Academic Summer School. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Understand what evaluation is and its role in the policy process
- Explain how evaluations are designed, executed and appraised
- Design evaluations and select appropriate methods to implement them
- Carry out data collection and analysis for doing evaluations
- Report and disseminate evaluations to stakeholders

Credits info

15 EC
Courses are worth 15 SOAS credits, which is equivalent to 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to transfer credit to your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you apply. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to transfer credit rests with your home institution.

Fee info

GBP 1200: Credit assessed - if you have opted to study for credit, you will be required to complete all course assessments. Should you complete the assessments with success, you will receive a transcript confirming your marks and credits.


The SOAS Academic Summer School is delighted to offer six tuition-fee waiver scholarships to passionate students with a desire to make a difference in the world.

Deadline: 13th March 2020