PUBPOL 890: Evaluation Design and Practice

Fall 2022

Instructor: Jessica Sperling

Evaluation is an essential mechanism for informing program design, identifying evidence of impact and developing strategy for effectiveness. Over the course of the semester, students will examine central conceptual, pragmatic and empirical processes in evaluation in preparation to utilize evaluation in their ongoing careers and/or academic work.

Topics covered will include: when and why to conduct evaluation; types and purposes of evaluation; key steps of an evaluation process (including logic model development, determination of indicators, data sources and data collection, analysis and reporting, and guiding resultant programmatic change); and strategies for feasibly and effectively implementing evaluation at a program or organization.

During the semester, students will apply learning through partnership with a real-world organization/program.