Program Evaluation and Data Analysis
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This course introduces program evaluation in the context of research methods. Students learn about design and the application of data collection skills to all phases of program/service delivery from needs assessment to analysis of findings to the implementation of changes based on results. Students learn to appreciate how these skills can be used as practical tools for identifying problems to developing and implementing programs. This applied course provides students with practical experiences to apply guidelines of evaluation and research methods in actual program evaluation projects in Philadelphia.
XEDU-502 - Program Evaluation Design
In this advanced course on designing program and policy evaluation instruments, participants will apply the theories, principles and processes introduced in the first two courses in the certificate program (Program Planning, Analysis & Evaluation and Research Methods). This capstone course is designed as a workshop to create an outline of an actual program or policy evaluation (student’s choice of topic). The final project will cover all components of an evaluation including planning, methodology, research design, data collection, and analysis of results. Participants will present their outlines and identify how the results can be used to make meaningful change in future programs and policies.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Identify appropriate models, approaches, and designs for program and policy evaluations
Specify necessary steps in the evaluation design process
Develop implementation plans for programs and policy evaluations including:
- Identifying appropriate methodologies for specific evaluations
- Collecting data (including the IRB application process)
- Analyzing results
- Preparing evaluation reports
Understand and identify factors affecting program and policy evaluations including political, resource, ethical, and time limits
Prepare and critique a memorandum of agreement outlining a specific program or policy evaluation design that will meet professional standards