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300.864.98 SS/R: Evaluation Design for Complex Interventions

Health Policy and Management
2nd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Barcelona, Spain
Mon 11/19/2012 - Tue 11/20/2012
Class Times:
  • M Tu,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer
Course Instructor:
  • Manel Nebot
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Examines the main concepts and tools for the evaluation of public health policies and programs. Emphasizes the main methodological issues related to the evaluation of public health complex interventions. Illustrates how to integrate evaluation with knowledge translation. Covers the following topics: concepts, definitions and approaches to evaluation in public health and differences between performance measurement and evaluation; realist and developmental evaluation approaches; internal and external validity in evaluation research; evaluation indicators including properties and validity, process and impact evaluation, implementation evaluation and monitoring, anticipated trajectories of change and timeline of impact, evaluation design, integrated evaluation and knowledge translation.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the role of program theory in designing evaluations of complex interventions
  2. Identify and describe types of evaluation approaches and how they respond to complexity. Approaches will include realist evaluation and developmental evaluation.
  3. Identify and respond to threats to validity in evaluation design including internal and external validity
  4. Apply varieties of evaluation design including experimental and quasi-experimental designs
  5. Link measurement and design to the theory of change of public health interventions
Methods of Assessment:

Students will be evaluated based on class participation (10%) and the submission of an evaluation proposal for a specific program or policy chosen by the student. (90%)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Full-time JHSPH students must obtain permission from Judy Holzer prior to registering for this course.

For consent, contact: