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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM028: Policy Analytics: Data Driven Policy Analysis and Evidence Based Decision-making

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:


Argyrous, George, ed. Evidence for policy and decision-making: a practical guide. UNSW Press, 2009.


Alan Agresti, Barbara Finlay. Statistical methods for social sciences. Prentice Hall, 4th edition


Eugene Bardach A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving,

Burtless, G (1995) 'The Case for Randomized Field Trials in Economic and Policy Research'. Journal of Economic Perspectives, Spring 1995, pp 63-84.

Dunn, William N. Public policy analysis. Routledge, 2015.

Layard, R. and Glaister, S. (2003) Cost benefit analysis, Cambridge University Press,

Positer, T.H. (2003) Measuring Performance in Public and Nonprofit Organizations The Jossey-Bass Nonprofit and Public Management Series.

Smith P.C et al (2000) What Works? Evidence Based Policy and Practice in Public Services, Bristol, Policy Press.

Wholey, J.S, Hatry, H.P. and Newcomer, K.E. (2004) Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation Jossey Bass Nonprofit & Public Management Series.