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Fundamentals of Program Evaluation

1st term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Anne Lilly

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


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 with different types of program evaluation, including formative research, process evaluation, impact assessment, cost analysis, and theory-based evaluations. Gains 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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 75% Written Assignment(s)
  • 20% Group Presentation
  • 5% Participation

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for auditors.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Course is prerequisite for 380.612. This is the online version of this class. This version of the course was designed for part-time Master’s and DrPH students, many of whom work full-time, are located outside of the Baltimore area and need the flexibility of asynchronous lectures. If you are interested in participating in synchronous lectures and in having more interaction with your fellow students, we recommend taking the 3rd term course (380.611.01).