EPPPE – Evaluation of European Public Policy and Programs

This program is addressed to university graduates under Bologna system (3 years) or to those who graduated from long term university study programs (4 years).

Form of study: full time, 2 years, 120 ECTS

For non-subsidized places from the state budget, the tuition fee is 500 EURO/ per semester.

This Master’s Degree Program is the first accredited program in Romania which aims to prepare future experts in the evaluation of European public policies and programs sector. Furthermore, it was included in the annual survey published by the University of Bern, Switzerland, regarding the master’s degree programs in evaluation of public policies and programs which exist in Europe.

The qualification for evaluator of European programmes and policies has been validated by the National Authority for Qualifications. The validation of this MA qualification relies on the fact that this specialization has an innovative character and is a point of interest for the academic community, while being connected with the labor market requirements at national and international level. Thus, this specialization does not only contribute to covering an important area for the higher education in Romania, but also responds to a real need of the society, aiming to reduce the deficit of specialists in assessing project proposals financed by the European Union. For supplementary information regarding the project EVAL-EPPP, please visit the webpage http://www.scoaladeevaluare.ro/.

This program continues and develops the project PHARE RO/2005/017-553.05.03 – “The development of a professional evaluation community in Romania”, conducted by SNSPA along with Deloitte Romania.

PRESENTATION

This program is addressed to university graduates under Bologna system (3 years) or to those who graduated from long term university study programs (4 years). Any field is eligible (agriculture, construction, accounting, economics, engineering, environment, social sciences, tourism and so on).

The program offers students the possibility to acquire information regarding project evaluation and the management of European funds, methods of economic evaluation and social research, theory and practice of public policies and programs evaluation, notions of audit and financial evaluation and so on. Practical skills will be improved through internship programs, lasting between 2 weeks and 3 months, conducted within institutions or organizations such as the Ministry of European Funds, Intermediate Bodies, the Romanian Academic Society, NEA, the National Authority for Scientific Research, The Evaluation Institute, Ernst & Young and so on.

For non-subsidized places, the tuition fee is 500 euro per semester. For this program and as well as for the other ones, we offer a certain number of subsidized and unsubsidised places, which will be announced after we receive the allocation from the Ministry of National Education.

Nr. crt. Denumirea disciplinei Profesor
Basics: Basic curriculum
1 Public Policy Analysis Dr. Şerban Cerkez
2 Public Management Conf. univ. Mihai Pǎunescu
3 Evaluation of competencies Prof. univ. dr. Cezar Bîrzea
4 Theories of Public Policies and Program Evaluation Lect. univ. dr. Mirela Cerkez
5 Fundamentals of evaluation Lect. univ. dr. Ioana Melenciuc
6 Policies of the European Union I (optional, credits only) Lect. univ. dr. Nicolae Toderaş
7 Methodology of Research in Social Sciences (optional) Lect. univ. dr. Ioana Melenciuc
Profesionalisation: specialised curriculum
8 Policies of the EU. Systems and methods of evaluation of the EU Lect. univ. dr. Ioana Melenciuc
9 SPSS Dr. Mihaela Aioanei
10 Introduction to management of organizations Conf. univ. dr. Mihail Cercel
11 Statistics Lect. univ. dr. Mihail Buşu
12 Policies of the European Union II (optional, credits only) Lect. univ. dr. Ioana Melenciuc
13 Audit and financial evaluation Prof. univ. dr. Maria Costache
Applications: instrumental curriculum
14 Practices in Public Policies and Program Evaluation Lect. univ. dr. Mirela Cerkez
15 Evaluation of institutions and organizations Lect. univ. dr. Nicolae Toderaş
16 Project Evaluation. European Funds Management Lect. univ. dr. Rǎzvan Cotovelea
17 Policies of the European Union III (optional, credits only) Lect. univ. dr. Mihai Ghigiu
18 Communication and public liability Lect. univ. dr. Daniel Buti
19 Methods and techniques of economic evaluation Dr. Cǎtǎlin Rangu
20 Practical Training Lect. univ. dr. Rǎzvan Cotovelea
21 Methods and techniques for writing the graduation thesis Lect. univ. dr. Nicolae Toderaş

The curriculum includes both a number of compulsory courses which are designed to establish or cement notions and fundamental concepts and a number of optional courses from which students can choose those that meet best their interest area. The curriculum permits you to find out how many courses you have per semester are and how you can take them in order to accumulate 120 credits.

I. Professional competences

  • Applying concepts, theories and models which are specific to the evaluation of public policies, programmes, institutions and organizations.
    • Presenting and differentiating critically and comparatively the main concepts, theories and models which are specific to the evaluation of public policies, programmes, institutions and organizations.
    • Selecting and using approaches and models which are specific to the evaluation of public policies, programmes, institutions and organizations in order to explain and interpret real evaluation cases in various contexts.
    • Combining and adapting approaches and evaluation models, taking into consideration time constraints and available data, in order to design ideal-type of real evaluations.
    • Applying the conceptual and methodological framework in order to justify the choice of the evaluation alternative and the pertinence of the forecasted results.
    • Elaborating new evaluation models and strategies based on diverse perspectives and approaches.
  • Using methods, techniques and instruments which are specific to sociological research, economic and financial analysis and the evaluation of public policies, programmes, institutions and organizations.
    • Presenting and differentiating critically and comparatively the main methods, techniques and instruments which can be used during an evaluation process.
    • Selecting methods and techniques, creating instruments and using them in order to explain and interpret concrete evaluation situations in various contexts.
    • Combining and adapting methods, techniques and instruments which are adequate to the data which can be collected in a specific evaluation context and within the limits of available resources.
    • The alternative use of methods, techniques and instruments in order to ensure methodological triangulation and to justify decisions and the results of an evaluation process.
    • Designing new techniques and instruments which can adequately respond to the needs of specific evaluation situations.
  • Planning evaluations, developing evaluation models and strategies and designing an evaluation.
    • Presenting and critically and comparatively differentiating between alternative for planning and designing an evaluation process.
    • Analysing and explaining the steps and results of evaluation processes, taking into consideration the strategy and design which are used in every case.
    • Identifying the evaluations’ context and selecting the fundamental elements for planning the evaluation, according to what is expected to be learned through the evaluation.
    • Elaborating the evaluation plan according to the intervention logic, the institutional logic or to the organizations’ purpose, mission, objectives and activities.
    • Designing the evaluation while taking into account the evaluations’ purpose, objectives and questions, the methodology which can be used and the evaluators’ role.
  • Organizing, implementing and conducting the entire evaluation process
    • Presenting and critically and comparatively differentiating between different ways of organizing and conducting the evaluation process, but also of the different roles an evaluator can have.
    • Integrating contextual elements and permanently adapting the evaluation process to the modifications which occur during the implementation of a public intervention, but also during the evaluation process.
    • Solving the issues which occur during the implementation of an evaluation process and monitoring its development.
    • Taking adequate decisions when modifications or adjustments regarding the organization and implementation of an evaluation are necessary.
    • Permanently monitoring the proper conduct of the evaluation process and ensuring that the objectives are reached while respecting the time and allocated resources constraints.
  • Documenting, reporting and communicating/disseminating the results and products of an evaluation.
    • Presenting and critically and comparatively differentiating between methods of reporting and communicating the evaluations’ results, taking into consideration the audience categories which is addressed.
    • Correlating and verifying that the results of the evaluation are adequate to the purpose, objectives, methodology, approach, context and the need on which the evaluation process was based.
    • Ensuring the coherence of the evaluation criteria that were established in the context of unexpected situations.
    • Elaborating intermediary reports from the perspective of continuous evaluation.
    • Elaborating comprehensive evaluation reports and communicating the results which were obtained from the evaluation to different types of audiences.
  • Identifying and combining complex solutions for improving the policy, programme, project, institution or organization which is being evaluated, but also for improving the evaluation processes.
    • Presenting and critically and comparatively differentiating between the limits of the approaches which are used in the implementation of public interventions.
    • Critically interpreting the results of an evaluation and the effects that an evaluation process produces.
    • Analysing the unintended effects of the programme/policy/institution which is being evaluated and identifying solutions for avoiding or harnessing them.
    • Identifying and presenting the limits of the recommendations which are given and justifying the relevance of every alternative which has been proposed.
    • Developing new strategies, methods, models and criteria which can contribute to improving and making evaluations processes more efficient.

II. Transversal competences

  • Selecting in a critical and analytical way, combining and corroborating information, data and theoretical and practical elements which are specific to professional activities, having as a result the resolution in an autonomous and independent way of complex problems and tasks in dynamic professional contexts.
  • Integrating in teams and leading multidisciplinary working teams, from an integrative perspective of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc. and in the conditions of respecting ethics, deontology and quality standards which are specific to evaluation activities.
  • Critically and realistically self-evaluating the need for continuous professional training and creating professional targets in the field of evaluation, also reflecting on initiatives and innovation in order to develop a professional evaluation community.

CAREER PROSPECTS:

  1. Expertise, consultancy, public relations, administrative and managerial positions:
  • Institutions and agencies of international organisations (the UN, the EU, NATO, OSCE, the Council of Europe, World Bank, IMF, WTO etc.);
  • National public institutions and governmental agencies: the Central evaluation Unit, Evaluation Units for Operational Programmes Management Authorities, Public Policy Units from national central institutions, other departments and evaluation structures within public institutions;
  • Private consultation in the field of evaluating public policies, programmes, institutions and organizations;
  • Transnational corporations, private organizations in the field of accessing European funds;
  • Centers for the evaluation of professional competencies;
  • EU-funded projects, NGOs, Political organizations
  1. Research and analysis in the field of public policy, programme, institutions and organizations evaluation;
  2. Teaching and education (schools, universities, adult education centres, ad-hoc professional training) in the field of public policy, programme, institutions and organizations evaluation.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR EXAMINATION:

Admission is based on:

  • Application file (necessary documents)
  • Academic Essay (5-10 pages), written in Romanian, English or French. A certificate attesting knowledge of English is not a requirement. The admission essay is on a topic of your choice, preferably a case study from the following thematic areas:
    • Public policies
    • Policies of the European Union
    • Public management
    • The theory of organizations
    • Economic analysis
    • Public administration
    • Transnational corporations

To assist you, we have created a guide for the elaboration of the academic essay. Within the essay there can be cited 2 or 3 papers from the bibliography, with the mention that the bibliography is not restrictive, rather indicative.

You can also consult the titles available at the Resource Center on Evaluation

ONLINE PRE-ENROLMENT:

By submitting the online pre-enrolment form, DRIIE 2017 candidates are given the opportunity to benefit from:

  • academic online tutoring on writing the examination essay (at the request of candidates);
  • bibliographical recommendations and specialized resources in electronic form and printed output for the admission exam;
  • professional guidance and counselling within the domains covered by the MA programmes offered by DRIIE;
  • information about the events organized by DRIIE such as debates, conferences, roundtables, book launches, educational fairs, lectures open to the public, tutoring activities with teachers from the Department, etc.

Online pre-enrolment form for master’s programmes 2017 – 2019 is available HERE.

TUITION FEE – 1.000 EURO/ year

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