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380.611.01 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • W F,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Kristin Mmari
Course Instructor:

For students who have had limited to no experience in monitoring and evaluation, this course provides the building blocks and skills needed to design an evaluation.

Familiarizes students in different types of program evaluation, including formative research, process evaluation, impact assessment, cost analysis, and theory-based evaluations. Students gain practical experience through a series of exercises involving the design of a logic model, selection of indicators and data sources, and the design of an evaluation plan to measure both a process and impact evaluation. 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. Select 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. Explain the elements of experimental and quasi-experimental designs, and explain how they address the threats to validity
  7. Design a process and impact evaluation and select appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods for each type of evaluation
Methods of Assessment:

Participation: 10%; two written assignments: (20% each); group project on process evaluation: 10%; peer feedback on process evaluation: 10%; final exam: 30%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Course is prerequisite for 380.612