Through extensive use of examples from various fields, students will be exposed to the art and science of applying evaluation methodologies and techniques to policies and programs in both the public and non-profit sectors. Pre-requisite: GSPP 806 or permission.
This class will introduce students to applied approaches to program evaluation and analytical techniques used to determine the validity, effectiveness and impact of policy decisions at various strategies of the program life cycle. Students will be introduced to various types, methods and tools of evaluation including formative and summative evaluation, impact assessment, needs assessment, and logic models. In addition, students will become proficient in developing a program evaluation research design and developing various criteria to measure outcomes and program effects.