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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, in the context of the continuing education and training processes and interventions, the student will able to: - know and understand the importance of design and evaluation; - know, understand and analyze different theoretical assumptions of design and evaluation; - understand and analyze similarities and differences of design and evaluation approaches, models and methods; - analyze project documents and evaluation reports; - understand and analyze empirical research on projects design and evaluation; - carry out simple needs analysis; - design project activities,  management and evaluation systems; - collaborate with different actors at different stages of the project (development, monitoring and evaluation); - analyze and interpret a public tender for the call of projects; - prepare a project document in response to public tender; - provide ongoing adaptations of the project document in response to feedback; - analyze the quality of a evaluation report and give adequate notice to the stakeholders; - evaluate the quality of a project document and documentation concerning different phases/activities of a project; - identify relevant strategies and instruments to improve his cultural and professional skills.

Course contents

The course is designed to examine design and evaluation theories in the context of continuing education and training in a functional way to the development of a competent use of methods, tools and procedures for the design and evaluation of processes and interventions.


Compulsory reading both for attending and not attending students:

- Lipari D., Progettazione e valutazione nei processi formativi – (3a ed.), Edizioni Lavoro, Roma (solo Capitolo secondo “La progettazione” e Capitolo terzo “La valutazione”).

- Leone L., Prezza M., Costruire e valutare i progetti nel sociale. Manuale operativo per chi lavora su progetti in campo sanitario, sociale, educativo e culturale, Franco Angeli, Milano (Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7).

- Marcuccio M. (2012), Valutare l'impatto della formazione continua nelle imprese. Scelte teoriche e operative, Universitas, Parma.

- Giovannini M. L., Marcuccio M. (2012), Ricerca sulla valutazione di un progetto scolastico innovativo. Scelte e interrogativi, Franco Angeli, Milano (pp. 1-108).

- Marcuccio M. (2017), Lectures notes (available on Moodle platform).

On Moodle platform there is also a document titled Notes for studies activities organization.

Teaching methods

Blended learning: intercative lectures; group work activities (to be carried out both in presence and via online sessions), partecipation in the course forum.

Assessment methods

Formative assessment activities will be carried out during the course and the online activities to develop self- and hetero-regulation of the learning process by peers and the teacher.

Summative assessment will be based on three sequential moments: 1) production of materials at the end of the activities in the platform; 2) elaboration of a written text (open-ended questions) lasting two hours; 3) management of an oral discussion.

To pass summative assessment is required not only a knowledge and comprehension of the concepts present in the mandatory bibliography, but also the application of these concepts, their connection, the analysis of the links, the identification of assumptions and consequences.

Students are invited to examine the procedures required for the delivery of the materials produced on the platform so that they can take the written exam.

On Moodle platform there is also a document titled Guide for written exam.

Teaching tools

Presentations on computer support. Authentic materials. Moodle platform.

Office hours

See the website of Massimo Marcuccio

See the website of Elisa Truffelli