FUNDAMENTALS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the purpose of different types of evaluation
- Design a conceptual framework that explains program impact, based on program objectives
- Develop indicators based on the conceptual framework
- Identify sources of data at the program and population level corresponding to different types of evaluation
- Describe the purpose of needs assessment and steps in the process
- Describe the purpose of formative research and identify the most common methods
- Explain the purpose of pretesting communications and the most common methods
- Outline the advantages and disadvantages of using service statistics for program evaluation
- Use a computerized MIS to obtain and interpret routine service statistics
- Describe the elements of experimental and quasi-experimental designs, and explain how they address the threats to validity
- Outline the characteristics, advantages and limitations of randomized control trials for evaluating impact
- Design an evaluation plan
Familiarizes students in different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes, impact assessment, and cost analysis. Students gain practical experience through a series of exercises involving the design of a conceptual framework, development of indicators, analysis of computerized service statistics, and development of an evaluation plan to measure impact. Covers experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental study designs, including the strengths and limitations of each.
Masters and Doctoral Students
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Student evaluation is based on five exercises.
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
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