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Why should I take this Trinity Elective?

In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development set out 17 Sustainable Development Goals which provide a roadmap for addressing the key global challenges that the world is facing including, poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, peace and justice. Combined the SDGs aim to leave no- one behind. If you are passionate about these global issues, if you want to learn more about what the world is doing to address these complex challenges, and if you want to learn how to evaluate the success of these policies in progressing the SDGs then this is the Trinity Elective for you.

What will I learn?

  • You will learn about the key global development challenges of our time and the role and importance of the SDGs in overcoming these challenges.
  • You will learn about policies and interventions that attempt to address specific SDGs and the practical challenges associated with designing, implementing and evaluating them.
  • You will understand the various techniques available for impact evaluation of development policies and interventions aimed at achieving the SDGs and the criteria used to select the appropriate methodology.
  • You will be able to design your own impact evaluation that helps to answer important questions relating to how we can achieve the SDGs.

What will I do?

  • Engage in an online programme of talks and interactive peer-to-peer discussion on the SDGs including various case studies on how particular Goals are being addressed and evaluated by researchers in the Trinity Impact Evaluation Unit.
  • Conduct a group project and videoed presentation that involves developing a hypothetical policy response to one of the SDGs and designing a method for evaluating its impact.
  • Develop an understanding of impact evaluation methods and the contribution that it can make to the attainment of the SDGs
  • Learn to synthesize the findings of impact evaluation research and develop implications for policy

How will this be delivered?

  • Approx. 25 hours of online learning and engagement including videos and interactive discussion
  • Approx. 20 hours of reading
  • Approx. 35 hours of group work including 8 hours of face-to-face group workshops
  • Approx. 30 hours of assessment preparation
  • Approx. 15 hours of reflective writing

How will this be assessed?

  • On-line discussion (40%): Engagement in peer-to-peer discussions on each topic covered by the on-line videos.
  • Group project and presentation (40%): Group project and videoed presentation that involves developing a hypothetical policy response to one of the SDGs and designing a method for evaluating its impact
  • Individual written report (20%): Individual written report (approx. 1,000 words)to a specific question relating to the content of the project/presentation that demonstrates an understanding of impact evaluation methods and their challenges and synthesizes the potential policy implications of the project and contribution to the attainment of the SDG in focus.

Who can take this Trinity Elective?

  • Any student eligible to take a Trinity Elective can select this Trinity Elective except for the students from the following School/Programmes: Social Sciences and Philosophy.

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