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380.611.01 FUNDAMENTALS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION

Term: 3rd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Kristin Mmari
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
Description:

Familiarizes students in different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes, impact assessment, and cost analysis. Students gain practical experience through a series of exercises involving the design of a conceptual framework, development of indicators, analysis of computerized service statistics, and development of an evaluation plan to measure impact. Covers experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental study designs, including the strengths and limitations of each.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the purpose of different types of evaluation
Design a conceptual framework that explains program impact, based on program objectives
Develop indicators based on the conceptual framework
Identify sources of data at the program and population level corresponding to different types of evaluation
Describe the purpose of needs assessment and steps in the process
Describe the purpose of formative research and identify the most common methods
Explain the purpose of pretesting communications and the most common methods
Outline the advantages and disadvantages of using service statistics for program evaluation
Use a computerized MIS to obtain and interpret routine service statistics
Describe the elements of experimental and quasi-experimental designs, and explain how they address the threats to validity
Outline the characteristics, advantages and limitations of randomized control trials for evaluating impact
Design an evaluation plan

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation is based on five exercises.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Friday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Course is prerequisite for 380.612 and 380.613.