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An increasing global focus on program effectiveness and efficiency has brought renewed attention to the role of evidence in designing and implementing health programs. Students of this subject will engage with the discipline of implementation science, and will investigate a range of current theories and approaches to program design, including: Theory of Change; program logic models; logical frameworks; complexity theory; behaviour change theories; emergent design; participatory/co-design approaches; and approaches to scale-up.
Facilitated by experts with applied field experience in program design and implementation in Australia and other global contexts, students will learn via practical, staged exercises to draft strategic program plans. A range of case studies on current health challenges and interventions will build students’ knowledge and skills in evidence-based health program design and implementation. Cross-cutting issues in program design will also be considered and applied to case studies, particularly the issues of participation and inclusion. Students will be asked to consider evidence requirements and real-world compromises in programmatic research and planning within Australian and other global settings. This subject will equip students with the knowledge and skills to operationalise their program design skills through best practice approaches to the development of work plans, budgets, risk assessments, risk management plans, and contracting.
Intended learning outcomes
- Synthesise evidence to guide development of a program design;
- Apply current frameworks and theories to the development of program design;
- Apply the principles of inclusive design, designing for sustainability, replicability and scalability in program design;
- Develop monitoring frameworks and systems that are integrated within the design process;
- Develop risk management plans, budgets and work plans to guide program implementation.
- Critical thinking and analytical skills.
- Finding, evaluating and using relevant information.
- Written communication skills.
- Oral communication skills.
Last updated: 1 June 2021