CDEV050 Essential Skills Series: Program Evaluation


Course Description

In the Essential Skills Series program, you will be equipped to enter and participate in the evaluation field. You will learn to describe core evaluation concepts and techniques, from the planning process to standards, and methods for data collection and analysis. Using case studies and other adult learning methods, you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to plan and conduct evaluations.

While evaluation experience is not a prerequisite, having a background in related fields such as program planning/management or social science research will be beneficial. Designed by the Canadian Evaluation Society, the Essential Skills Series covers a full range of evaluation topics at an introductory level.

Course Outline

In this course, you will:

  • Learn the foundations of evaluation
  • Understand evaluation objectives and roles
  • Profile programs for evaluation
  • Formulate evaluation questions
  • Identify evaluation indicators
  • Explore common research methods
  • Design evaluations
  • Collect data effectively
  • Manage and analyze data
  • Synthesize evidence
  • Communicate evaluation findings

Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe core evaluation concepts and techniques.
  • Plan and conduct evaluations using case studies.
  • Develop evaluation questions and indicators.
  • Apply common research methods in evaluations.
  • Design effective evaluation strategies.
  • Collect, manage, and analyze data.
  • Synthesize evidence from evaluations.
  • Communicate evaluation findings clearly and effectively.
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