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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Decent work and economic growth

Academic Year 2021/2022

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 readings both for attending and not attending students:

- Lipari D., Progettazione e valutazione nei processi formativi – (3a ed.), Edizioni Lavoro, Roma.

- 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).

- 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. (2021). Il percorso di co-costruzione dell'impianto di valutazione di impatto delle attività di formazione. In M. Marcuccio, D. Antoniolo (a cura di). Il monitoraggio e la valutazione d'impatto delle attività formative. Il modello di Fondartigianato in Emilia-Romagna (pp. 105-162), FrancoAngeli, Milano.

- Marcuccio M. (2021), Elementi per sviluppare la competenza progettuale e valutativa dell'esperto nei processi formativi (The monograph will be available online shortly).

Teaching methods

The course will be delivered in a mixed way (in presence and remotely) with lectures and teamworks.

Classroom activities will be carried out focusing on active teaching methods (interactive lessons, case studies, teamworks) with a continuous enhancement of the direct experiences of the participants and the interactions between students.

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 two sequential moments;

1) elaboration of a written exam (open-ended questions) lasting two hours;

2) management of an oral discussion that can be accessed only if the written test has been passed.

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. 

On Virtuale platform there is a document titled Guide for written exam that students must read before written exam.

Criteria used to evaluate the written test will be the following: 1) relevance of the contents to the topic presented in the application; 2) correctness of the information in relation to the material indicated for the preparation for the examination; 3) exhaustive information in relation to the information on the material indicated for the preparation for the exam; 4) integration - where possible - of information learned in other lectures; 5) personal reworking of the contents of the documents indicated for exam preparation.

Teaching tools

Presentations on computer support.

Authentic materials.

Virtuale platform.

Office hours

See the website of Massimo Marcuccio