Evidence into Policy and Practice (HPOL5008)


There is a growing recognition of the importance of the evidence from research in informing the development and evaluation of health policy and practice. The aim of this module is to increase students' understanding about the links between evidence and policy and practice and, using academic and real-world examples, how evidence from research can be applied policy change processes.
Learning objectives:
In this unit students will learn about theories of links between evidence and policy and apply practical tools for using evidence from research in building a case advocating for policy change. Specifically, students will learn how evidence can be used to identify areas that require effective interventions, implement the most effective interventions, and monitor and evaluate outcomes. The unit also explores the challenges inherent in effectively using research to inform policy and political decisions.
Content: The teaching of this course will include: - lectures, guest presentations from leading policy makers and researchers on current issues-and student presentations of how evidence from research can assist them to address real world issues in their jobs.

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Further unit of study information


Block mode with compulsory Intensive workshops on Campus. 2 x 2 day workshops Course leaders will assist students with online advice and supervision for their assignments


1 x literature search strategy (10%), 1 x 2000 word evidence based business to support a policy or practice change (30%), 1 class presentation of the business case (20%), 1 x 2500 word evidence based submission to a government consultation or inquiry (40%)

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Unit of study rules


HPOL5000 and HPOL5001

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