Course Title: Evidence, Policy and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Evidence, Policy and Practice

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Sharon Andrews

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8239

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.10.02

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Evidence is used to justify policy and practice decisions, advocacy efforts and change initiatives. It has become an increasingly important feature of the policy and practice landscape. This course will explore the contested nature of evidence, the assumptions driving policy/practice research and its subsequent use.

You will examine the production, use and politics of evidence in a range of government and non-government contexts, and develop your capacity and confidence for critical and practical engagement with evidence informed policy and practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Interpret and critique the evidence associated with a particular policy issue
  • Effectively use existing data and research findings to advocate for a policy position in a range of genres
  • Scope and manage the production of policy evidence


You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes:

  • Use strategic thinking and planning to develop creative evidence-based solutions for contemporary social problems/policy issues
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories, evidence and modes of reasoning, and recent developments both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in public policy
  • Analyse policy research, develop effective arguments for policy change and successfully scope, produce and disseminate policy evidence, using these skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project
  • Engage in high level logical and persuasive written communication and public presentations, and confidently debate, prepare and critique policy documents and proposals

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of face-to-face and online activities such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

The course will bring together workshop based theoretical understanding and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activity case studies from a range of public sector and not for profit organisations. Participation in WIL activity means your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context, where you receive feedback from industry.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: