Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration
PADM-5420: Policy & Program Evaluation
Description: Program evaluation entails the systematic gathering, analyzing, & reporting of information about programming & services. Managers design programming with a set of assumptions, or program logic, then they identify specific activities that are intended to help the program achieve certain results. In turn, these results are intended to achieve higher-level strategic objectives. Program evaluation is a discipline that includes a number of analytic activities that measure & assess the key elements of programming, from the concept of the program & its design, to the key steps to deliver it, to the short-, medium-, & longer-term results.
Program evaluation is an important management tool that contributes to the decisions of policy makers about expansion or contraction – & even elimination – of programming affecting significant elements of public life such as health, social services, & the economy. Evaluation results are key tools for decision makers & program managers looking to improve program effectiveness & delivery by reviewing elements such as design, governance, or stakeholder engagement.
- To understand the application of program evaluation in the federal government planning & reporting processes.
- To understand the reason for, & the various types of public program evaluation.
- To understand the evaluation planning process to support competent & objective evaluations at the federal level (and in general, as applicable to other forms of evaluation). This includes an understanding of program monitoring, evaluation design, evaluation implementation, analysis, & evaluation reporting & presentation.
Faculty: Leslie Pal (Winter and Fall 2014), Robert Shepherd (Fall 2012) and Joanne Roulston (Fall and Winter 2012/2013)
Source: At http://www.carleton.ca/sppa/2014-fall-course-outlines/ (accessed 15 September 2014) and similar sites.