Evaluation Research


Course Objective

(a) Subject-specific learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course students:
• Have knowledge of the main steps in empirical evaluation research.
• Are familiar with the possibilities and limitations of empirical
research methods and designs in the context of evaluation research.

(b) Academic learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
• Understand how empirical research methods can contribute to the
knowledge of the impact and efficiency of all types of interventions,
from small scale programs to (inter)national laws.
• Can, given a program, measure or law, make a substantiated choice
between research designs to investigate its impact and efficiency.
• Are able to draw correct conclusions from research publications,
including meta-analysis studies, on the evaluation of interventions.

(c) Social and communication learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students should:
• Have insight in how a research plan can be reported in a convincing

(d) Study skills and professional orientation
Upon completion of the course, students should:
• Have developed a feeling for the politically sensitive context in
which research on societal issues takes place, and is able to anticipate
on possible conflicting interests of stakeholders.

Course Content

In the approach to social problems it is necessary to distinguish
worthwhile programs and measures from ineffective ones and launch new
interventions or revise existing ones so as to achieve certain desirable
results. To do so, it is necessary to gather empirically funded
information on the appropriateness of interventions, the implementation
in practice and the effectiveness in attaining the desired goals or
This course provides an introduction in the field of program evaluation.
It incorporates all knowledge that has been gained in earlier courses in
the curriculum on empirical research and social sciences. Students get
to know the main steps in evaluation research, like assessment of the
need for an intervention, assessment of the theory behind an
intervention, monitoring the process of implementation and measuring the
impact and efficiency. Students also get acquainted with the method of
meta-analysis in social sciences. Throughout the course the politically
sensitive context in which evaluation research generally takes place,
and possible conflicting interests of stakeholders is discussed.
The acquired knowledge will be applied on a wide scope of interventions
with regard to environmental consciousness, from small scale local
programs to overarching treaty regimes.

Teaching Methods

Seminars (Attendance is mandatory)

Method of Assessment

Written exam

General Information

Course Code R_EvaR
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator prof. dr. J.M. Harte
Examiner prof. dr. J.M. Harte
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration