MPV_APPE Public Project Design and Evaluation

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
2/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Ing. Gabriela Daniel, PhD. (lecturer)
Mgr. Bc. David Póč (lecturer)
doc. Ing. Mgr. Jana Soukopová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Michal Struk, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Ing. Mgr. Jana Soukopová, Ph.D.
Department of Public Economics – Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Mgr. Jana Nesvadbová
Supplier department: Department of Public Economics – Faculty of Economics and Administration
Thu 7:40–9:15 S309
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
MPV_APPE/01: Thu 9:20–10:05 S309, D. Póč, J. Soukopová, M. Struk
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Public money should be spent in many cases on the base of the project approach. For this, understanding of project design, project appraisal, project management methods and public procurement is crucial.

The objective of the course is to introduce the specifics of public projects, their design and evaluation. Attention is given also to the public procurement and public-private partnership. At the end of the course, students are expected to:

• understand principles of project management and project evaluation/appraisal
• understand modern principles of public service delivery
• prepare simple public projects
• apply several mono-criteria as well as multi-criteria methods in order to evaluate public projects
• improve their of teamwork skills
  • 1. Introduction + theory and background of public project and methods of evaluation
  • 2. Public projects as an instruments for strategic development in the public sector
  • 3. Public procurements and PPP
  • 4. Design of the public projects - theory of the project cycle
  • 5. Design of the public projects - outcomes, budget structure etc.
  • 6. Methodology and instruments of public projects (PMI, PRINCE 2)
  • 7. The project evaluation process
  • 8. Assessment criteria for efficiency assessment, characterisation and overview of methods and tools for public project evaluation
  • 9. Financial methods (Cost-benefit/Cost-effectiveness analysis, Ratio methods, Programming models, Porfolio models]
  • 10. Cost-benefit analysis - theory vs EU methodology
  • 11. Cost-benefit and Cost-utility analysis and nonmarket valuation methods in the public sector
  • 12. Multi-criteria evaluation methods
  • 13. Qualitative methods
    required literature
  • GATTI, S. Project Finance in Theory and Practice: Designing, Structuring, and Financing Private and Public Projects. Burlington: Academic Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0123736994
  • CASTILLO, C. D. Economic Analysis of Social Investment Fund Projects. Washington, 1998, Washington, D.C.: World Bank
  • BOARDMAN, Anthony E. Cost-benefit analysis : concepts and practice. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, xv, 560. ISBN 0131435833. info
  • PATTON, Michael Quinn. Qualitative research & evaluation methods. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2002, xxiv, 598. ISBN 0761919716. info
  • LEVIN, Henry M. and Patrick J. MCEWAN. Cost-effectiveness analysis : methods and applications. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2001, xx, 308. ISBN 9780761919346. info
    recommended literature
  • Eureval - 3CE; DG Budget. Study on the Use of Cost - Effectiveness Analysis in EC's Eureval - 3CE; DG Budget (2006): Study on the Use of Cost - Effectiveness Analysis in EC's Evaluations. Lyon: Centre for European Expertise and Evaluation
  • Thompson, M., 1980; Benefit- Cost Analysis for Program Evaluation. Beverly Hills CA: Sage Publications.
  • GRAY, Alastair. Applied methods of cost-effectiveness analysis in health care. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, vi, 313. ISBN 9780199227280. info
  • Cost-effectiveness analyses in healtha practical approach. Edited by Peter Muennig. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008, xvi, 266 p. ISBN 0787995568. info
  • At what price?conceptualizing and measuring cost-of-living and price indexes. Edited by Charles L. Schultze - Christopher D. Mackie. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2002, xiii, 332. ISBN 0309074428. info
  • KAPLAN, Robert S. and Robin COOPER. Cost and effect : using integrated cost systems to drive profitability and performance. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1998, xi, 357. ISBN 0875847889. info
Teaching methods
The course takes the form of both lectures and seminars. During lectures, basic thesis of public finance are explained which are further discussed during seminars.

The course is concluded with an final test and following oral exam. Students are eligible to take the final exam provided that they fulfil given conditions:

1. they pass the mid-term test successfully (a test is regarded as successful if at least 60% of answers are correct);
2. they write up seminar paper in a given extent and structure within the obligatory date.
Final classification consists of: 30 % midterm test, 30 % on-line forums, 40 % final test.

Requirements (including the literature) are specified further in the interactive syllabus and the downloadable study plan before the semester starts.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024, Spring 2025.
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