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305.613.01 Evaluation-Informed Program Development and Implementation

Health Policy and Management
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Carolyn Cumpsty Fowler
Course Instructor:

Since effective evidence-based interventions cannot be developed, implemented, sustained, or transferred into new settings without recognition of context, students focus on integrating program evaluation methods throughout interventions: from early assessments, through program planning or adaptation, testing, delivery and measurement of outcomes. Introduces practical program planning, implementation and evaluation skills applicable in many different areas of public health. Topics include problem definition and analysis; assessing social and environmental factors that may impact the development, adoption, implementation , and outcomes of interventions; identifying intervention points; selecting among educational, regulatory, and technological interventions to achieve maximum likelihood of success; writing measurable program goals and objectives; designing implementation plans; developing an evidence-informed logic model; and program evaluability assessment.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe, and illustrate with sample worksheets, the process required to develop or adapt, and implement an evidence-based program.
  2. Demonstrate their ability to use selected conceptual frameworks as part of this process.
  3. Demonstrate their ability to prioritize interventions using objective criteria
  4. Explain selected program evaluation methodologies (evaluability assessment, formative, process, outcome)
  5. Describe potential “unintended consequences” of interventions
  6. Prepare a persuasive executive summary.
  7. Complete a SWOT analysis of a program proposal.
  8. Use evaluative thinking to inform decision making in program development and implementation
  9. Demonstrate ability to develop a logic model.
  10. Demonstrate ability to write SMART objectives and corresponding evaluation indicators.
  11. Identify any advanced training needs; i,e., "Know what you don't yet know"
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on class and peer-learning team participation, a mid-term skills-development assignment, a final skills integration paper, and reflective learning log.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required