– evaluation theories and models;
– the advantages and limits of each evaluation approach;
– interpretations over the relation between evaluation and governance using political science concepts such as legitimacy, public choice, accountability, participation, etc;
– incorporating developments in social sciences into the evaluation of EU policies and programmes;
– being able to select and/or adapt an evaluation model according to a specific evaluation situation.
Thus, the students will be able to develop a critical and productive style in analyzing the social phenomena, the change processes and the public decisions. Such competences and abilities may be used by EU and nation-state actors who are involved in policy formulation, implementation and/or evaluation or by programme or project implementers of all kind.