Program Evaluation Certificate Program - Graduate - 2015 University Catalog



Course Descriptions:

EVAL501: Introduction to Program Evaluation (3 hours lecture)

This course examines different evaluation techniques and applications widely employed to appraise the implementation and effectiveness of intervention programs in education, human services and public health. Through the application of research design and methodology, students are introduced to the benefits of logic models, implementation evaluation, impact analysis, and performance measurements, among other evaluation techniques. Emphasizing theory and practice, students critically examine ethical and political dimensions of program evaluation and consider how these influence current practices and future directions. Previous course EVAL 510 effective through Fall 2014. 3 sh.

EVAL505: Applied Data Collection Techniques and Analysis (3 hours lecture)

In this course students survey the different techniques through which applied researchers and program evaluators in education, human services and public health collect, manage, and analyze primary and secondary data. Students evaluate the different forms that primary and secondary data can take and the strengths and limitations of both forms. Students critically examine a range of strategies to collect these data, including administrative record data, public-use micro data, surveys, focus groups, interviews, observations, among others. Students learn how to transform and manage these data prior to analysis. An array of different analytic techniques including basic descriptive statistics, coding, and content. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EVAL 501 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

EVAL520: Theory-Driven Evaluation. Starting Winter 2016: Advanced Approaches to Evaluation (3 hours lecture)

The course provides students with cutting-edge knowledge and tools associated with the framework of theory-driven evaluation to assess and improve intervention programs in areas of education, human services and public health. Students apply program theory and pertinent research methods to design an implementation and/or outcome evaluation. In addition, students propose a theory-driven evaluation that considers stakeholders' perspectives, formulate an evaluation design, collect and analyze data, and draft reports that explain how to use the results of theory-driven evaluation to drive program improvement. Starting Winter 2016: This course provides students with cutting-edge knowledge and tools associated with the framework of theory-driven evaluation and other advanced approaches to assess and improve intervention programs in areas of education, human services and public health. Students apply program theory and other pertinent research methods and approaches to design an implementation and/or outcome evaluation. In addition, students propose an evaluation that considers stakeholders' perspectives, formulate an evaluation design, collect and analyze data, and draft reports that explain how to use the results of the evaluation to drive program improvement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EVAL 505 and EVAL 501.

EVAL530: Applied Field Experience in Program Evaluation (3 hours lecture)

In this course students apply the principles and methods of program evaluation through a variety of applied activities that relate to pertinent topical areas in the educational, human services and public health fields. Through group and individual activities, students practice and refine skills in: identifying program goals and objectives; creating measurements for these goals, designing appropriate data collection instruments; analyzing and interpreting data; and using data to modify and improve programs. Students explore issues of program implementation and fidelity, working within local contexts and cultures, evaluation ethics, and managing competing expectations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EVAL 501 and EVAL 505 and EVAL 520.