Public Policy

Course: CRD 10

Instructor: Sari Rannanpää

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

The course shows the students the process of how an idea or a need for public intervention turn into policy in practice. The teaching is conducted through mini lectures, interactive sessions and guest lectures from different policy fields. The real-life examples of policy-making process will centre on regional, rural and local development, with special attention paid to stakeholder involvement. 


Sari Rannanpää is a senior evaluator working for a Regional Development Consultancy, MDI, in Helsinki. She holds an MPhil in Political Science from the Central European University, an MA in the Political Economies of Russia and Eastern Europe from University College London and a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Her special field of interest is rural and local development policy, where she is experienced in policy planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She also has extensive experience in planning and conducting evaluations, evaluation capacity-building and facilitation, in both a national and an international context.

In recent years, she has led several complex projects, such as the Evaluation of the Leader CLLD Principles and Administrative Model in Finland. She has also participated in national and European evaluations including the Mid-Term Evaluation of the Interreg Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 and, as an expert for the European Evaluation Helpdesk for Rural Development, in the development of the evaluation tools and framework for the European Rural Development Programmes.

So far Sari has taught online for UW but is excited to be here in class from 2021 onwards.