This 15-week online course provides opportunities to analyze and experience the practical and methodological aspects of conducting evaluations in real-world contexts. It introduces students to the craft of program evaluation, and specifically, to the practices that distinctively characterize evaluation in the field by constructing plans for an organization in need of evaluation. These practices include determining which evaluation approach to use; negotiating evaluation contracts or agreements with clients; figuring out one’s role as an evaluator, as well as one’s relationship with stakeholders; understanding the political dynamics of an evaluation context and situating the evaluation accordingly; and, establishing ongoing communication and reporting processes with stakeholders.
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Prof. Melissa Rae Goodnight
Day/Time: Wednesday, 1-4 PM
Semester: Spring 2021