Governments all over the world use a wide range of evaluation methods to ensure that policies, programs and public services are planned and delivered as effectively and efficiently as possible. A major driving force for high quality policy evaluation is the Government’s commitment to evidence-based policy making. This requires policy makers, and those who implement policies, to utilize the best available evidence from national statistics, academic research, economic theory, pilots, evaluations of past policies, commissioned research and systematic consultation with delivery agents.General guidance notes for the essay
• The essay is expected to demonstrate students’ systematic and in-depth knowledge of public health policy and strategy;
• The concepts and terms described in the essay should be well defined with the appropriate reference to the literature as well as students’ own understanding;
• There should be a clearly defined and argued thesis statement or argument presented in the essay.
• There should be an appropriate balance between theoretical presentation of the topic (i.e. drawing on the necessary theoretical perspectives) and practical implications in public health (i.e. providing specific and practical examples);
• A wide range of literature sources providing contrasting and/or contradictory opinions should be provided, correctly referenced and discussed within the context of the essay. Minimum 30 references should be used and cited in this essay (NB. Only cited items should be included on the reference list)
• The references should include academic books and textbooks; peer reviewed publications from the academic journals; and reports by national and international organizations;
• A maximum of 3 internet sources can be used, and where internet sources are used, these should reliable and evidence-based sources and correctly referenced with the website address and date (NOTE: web links alone are not acceptable and Wikipedia (and other sites as such) ARE NOT appropriate references)