0852 Development Planning and Assessment of the Public Policies' Impacts

0852 Development Planning and Assessment of the Public Policies' Impacts

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 2nd or 3th year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 30
  • Other forms of study: 90
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Stanka Setnikar Cankar, PhD and Mitja Durnik, PhD


1. Objectives and competences

The aims:

  • critical thinking and analytical solution of complex problems in the field of development policies
  • understanding the importance of public administration in planning development public policies
  • obtaining a broad range of skills for planning future development in the community or at the state level


  • using acquired knowledge solving practical problems within community
  • understanding differences between conventional approaches resolving economic issues and approaches that are used to revitalize disadvantaged communities
  • understanding and application of advanced methods and techniques of policy analysis and approaches to development

2. Content

  • Conventional approaches to development polices
  • Heterodox response
  • The tasks of public administration in development policies
  • Four generations of public policies' evaluation
  • Models of evaluation of public policies
  • Methodological approaches to the evaluation of public policies
  • Effectiveness or failure of combined methods?
  • Alternative models of development
  • The "CED" approach in Canada
  • The modern state at the time of the crisis: The Covid-19 case
  • Evulation og health policies
  • Modern migrations

3. Readings

  • Vintar, M, Aristovnik, A., Todorovski., L. (Ured.). (2013). Sodobni pristopi, metrike in kazalniki za spremljanje in vrednotenje javnih politik. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo, str. 43-62 (20 strani).
  • Cankar, F., Setnikar-Cankar, S., Deutsch, T.(2015). Razvoj družbe in nove prakse učenja. V: CANKAR, F. (Ured.), DEUTSCH, T. (Ured.). Mladi, šola in izzivi prihodnosti: razvoj ustvarjalnosti in inovativnosti kot sestavin podjetniške naravnanosti in spretnosti v osnovni šoli. (1. izd.). Ljubljana: Zavod RS za šolstvo, str. 9-26 (14 strani).
  • Mrak, M., Bauchmueller, R. & McClure, P. (2013). Fiscal Impact Assessment of Structural Reforms, Case Studies on South East Europe, Center of Excellence in Finance. Ljubljana, str. 177-204 (27 strani).
  • Nagel., S.S. 2018. Public Policy Evaluation: Making Super-Optimum Decisions. Routledge (361 strani)  (cca 100 strani).
  • Lodge, M, Page, E.C., Balla, S.J. (Eds.). (2015). The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration. Oxford: Oxford University Press (672 strani) (cca 150 strani).

4. Intended learning outcomes

  • Knowledge and Understanding: Students will learn about modern trends in planning the development of society and the impact of different policies to achieve the outlined strategy and objectives.
  • Using case studies they will gain specific knowledge of the mentioned areas and compare experiences in Slovenia and abroad.
  • Ability to make decisions based on data and policy  content;
  • Ability to advise on the basis of data and policy content.
  • Students will understand broader political and administrative processes.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lectures
  • practical work
  • e-learning
  • use of e-communication tools to solve practical problems
  • field trip (visiting institutions at the national level)
  • seminar paper
  • group presentations
  • problem based learning

6. Assessment

Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):

  • written or oral exam (50%)
  • coursework and active class participation (20%)
  • seminar work (30%)