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380.611.01 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • W F,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Kristin Mmari
Course Instructor:

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 Objectives:

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

  1. Describe a program from the lens of an evaluator
  2. Develop a logic model and explain the theory of change within the model
  3. Develop indicators based on the logic model
  4. Identify sources of data at the program and population level corresponding to different types of evaluation
  5. Describe the purpose of formative research and identify the most common methods
  6. Describe the elements of experimental and quasi-experimental designs, and explain how they address the threats to validity
  7. Outline the characteristics, advantages and limitations of randomized control trials for evaluating impact
  8. Design an evaluation plan
Methods of Assessment:

Two assignments each worth 35 points, and an online
mid-term worth 30 points

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Course is prerequisite for 380.612 and 380.613.