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NPM-480-20, Program Evaluation Methods (SP14)

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Ellyn McLaughlin

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Semester/Thursdays/6:00PM-8:45PM, 01/30/2014-05/08/2014

CONTENT:

Provides practical hands-on approaches to performance measurement and outcomes assessment. Focuses on developing evaluation plans for the program of the student's choice and on using basic descriptive statistics to identify, measure, and present information to organization boards and outside stakeholders. [3 credits]

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

On successful completion of the course, the learner will demonstrate five core competencies:

1. To help students develop a clear understanding of the role of program evaluation for both nonprofit programs and their stakeholders.

2. To facilitate students’ understanding of qualitative and quantitative (including basic descriptive statistics) approaches to program evaluation.

3. To engage students in developing their capacity to identify and select possible program evaluation designs to support the mission of a given nonprofit program.

4. To enable students to conduct program evaluations and to analyze the evaluations carried out by others.

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Readings

Class preparation for active participation in discussions, quizzes, and assessments

Completion of all course assignments

Active participation in class and small groups

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

Textbook: Program Evaluation: Methods and Case Studies, 8th Edition, Emil J. Posavac

Pearson. ISBN-10: 0205804977 | ISBN-13: 978-0205804979

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS: 

These will be available in the online classroom.

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

The following assignments are to be completed prior to the initial class meeting

  • Read the General Syllabus
  • Read first week assignments detailed in the Syllabus.