HBKU Launches New Masters in Social Policy and Program Evaluation
The College of Public Policy (CPP) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has launched its new program, the Masters in Social Policy and Program Evaluation (MSPPE). The two-year, full-time MSPPE offers students a unique opportunity to develop the skills needed to shape the strategic direction of social policy and program evaluation in Qatar and beyond. From September 2022, the program is open to students from all fields, especially those with work experience in social policy and/or policy evaluation.
The combination of evaluation and social policy, and the intensive training students receive in program evaluation, makes the MSPPE unique in the region. The program will provide advanced analytical and substantive knowledge of social policy and program evaluation. Students will learn evaluation skills that are integral to building trusted evidence to inform programs and policies, support communities, as well as drive organizational change in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors on issues of local and global importance.
The interdisciplinary degree will draw on several areas of study, including economics, political science, sociology, psychology, education, law, applied ethics, and public health. Classroom teaching will be complemented by applied research through CPP’s Public Policy Lab as well as internship opportunities that provide hands-on, real-world experience. All students will be required to write a master’s thesis on a research topic relevant to Qatar, the Middle East or the world.
“The goal of social policy is ultimately human and societal well-being. With this intent, our new MA program will challenge students to assess the ethical underpinnings of social policy interventions. With the knowledge they will acquire, they will become professionals ready to lead the evaluation of social policy programs, both to improve outcomes and provide solutions to social problems,” said Dr. Anis Ben Brik, Associate Professor and MSPPE program coordinator at RPC.
Dr. Leslie A Pal, Founding Dean of the CPP, said: “The degree program will build vital national capacities in social policy programming and support Qatar’s national development through evidence-based social policies and ethically informed.
The MSPPE will be supported by CPP’s Social Policy Research and Evaluation Program, whose research agenda aims to benefit social policy research and evaluation at local, regional and international levels through education programs, research activities and ministry support. international organizations, civil society and private sector bodies.