Course Description
This course is concerned with understanding the issues, role, and process of developing and implementing program evaluations. The course is not designed to turn students into qualified methodologists. Instead, it will acquaint students about the different kinds of evaluation efforts, problems associated with evaluation design and process, and the role – and limits - of the researcher. The degree to which explicit program goals and objectives, standards, and reasons for the evaluation are linked to the evaluation process will be explored. Students will examine the difficulties both in mounting a program evaluation effort and any reports that may be written as a consequence of the research effort. The significance of the phase if you don’t count it, you can’t measure it will be explored in detail.

Learning Objectives

  • Define what is meant by “program evaluation.”
  • Identify what a program evaluation is designed to measure and/or accomplish.
  • Identify the differences between manifest and latent goals related to programming.
  • Relate the relationship of program evaluation to standards.
  • List the primary tasks of an evaluation effort.
  • Define the differences between process and impact evaluations.
  • Define the differences between summative and formative evaluations.
  • Define what is meant by a cost-benefit analysis.