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PADM 5115: Introduction to State and Society
PADM 5116: Policy Analysis and Contemporary Governance
PADM 5117: Public Sector Management and the Canadian Political System
PADM 5211: Canadian Intergovernmental Relations
PADM 5212: Public Policy and Civil Society - Options and Issues in Financing the Third Sector
PADM 5213: Gender and Public Policy
PADM 5214 Budgetary Policy in the Public Sector
PADM 5215 Benefit-Cost Analysis
PADM 5220 Regulation and Public Policy
PADM 5221: Health Policy in Canada
PADM 5223: Economic Policy in Canada
PADM 5224 Aboriginal Policy - The North
PADM 5225: Trade Policy
PADM 5229: The Health of Populations
PADM 5272: Risk Assessment and Management
PADM 5411 Organization Theory
PADM 5412 Ethics and Accountability in the Public Sector
PADM 5415 Strategic Management in the Public Sector
PADM 5416: Budget Management for the Public Sector
PADM 5417 Principles of Finance
PADM 5418 Human Resource Management
PADM 5420: Policy & Program Evaluation
PADM 5421: Globalizing Public Management - Measuring and Monitoring Governance
PADM 5422 Urban and Local Government Management
PADM 5423: Third Sector Governance and Management
PADM 5472: Managing Policy and Process in a Federal Government Policy Organization
PADM 5472: Technology and Public Administratin
PADM 5472: The Politics of Management: Thinking like a Manager
PADM 5510: Energy Economics
PADM 5515: Sustainable Energy Policy
PADM 5614: Natural Resource Management
PADM 5615: Policy and Politics of Energy in Canada
PADM 5618: Environmental and Ecological Economics
PADM 5672: Innovation Policy
PADM 5813 The Evolution of World Bank/IMF Policy
PADM 5814 Program and Project Management
PADM 5815: Civil Society Organizations and Development
PADM 5816 Program Evaluation in Developing Countries
PADM 5818 Theories of Development


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.

Course objectives

  • 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 (accessed 15 September 2014) and similar sites.

Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Management Subject

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  Data Collection Strategies
  Evaluation Purposes, Types and Questions
  Evaluation Uses
  Framing Theories of Evaluation
  Planning Evaluations
  Perennial and Emerging Issues in Evaluation

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement (2)

  Performance Management
  Performance Measurement

 Ethics and Accountability

  Responsibility and Accountability

 Management Sciences

  Cost-Benefit Analysis
  Risk vs. Performance


Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles for the Winter 2014 syllabus suggest further topic pages to be added to the Evaluation and  Performance Measurement subject on the Atlas:

  • Evaluation Uses and Canadian Government Evaluation Policy
  • Managing Evaluation Projects
  • Logic Models: Design Principles
  • Evaluation Ethics and Standards
  • Needs Assessment for Program Development

Page created by: Matthew Seddon, 29 June 2013, updated by Ian Clark 10 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.


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