Online Programs

MS in Measurement & Evaluation: Course Descriptions

Learn to Become a Master Project Evaluator

The online MS in Measurement & Evaluation is experiential, project-oriented and developed by industry professionals to give you current, relevant skills. The program consists of 12 courses (36 credits), each eight weeks long, concluding with a capstone course that allows you to showcase your measurement and evaluation skills in a final project. Your practical, project-oriented study will provide valuable experience in the careful planning, preparation, research, analysis and writing required for high-level evaluation.

A council of top evaluation professionals from leading organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Save the Children advised on the curriculum to ensure that it develops the current, relevant skillset needed today for professional success in measurement and evaluation across fields.

Courses

Specialized Courses in Measurement & Evaluation
(18 Credits)

This course introduces the terminology, critical issues and current debates in the field of evaluation, independent of specific disciplines. It also covers the design of monitoring and evaluation plans and of logical models.

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This course reviews monitoring and evaluation approaches, emphasizing different performance evaluation and impact designs that include snapshot, one sample, cross-sectional, before and after, time series, and case study designs.

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This course teaches qualitative research skills for project planning, monitoring, and evaluation activities. Students will analyze the strengths, weaknesses, and uses of qualitative data, investigating the circumstances under which planners and evaluators use qualitative methods. Working with an academic practitioner, students will learn qualitative data collection tools and techniques, including participant observation, interviews, and focus groups. In collaboration with an organization in their local community, students will complete practical assignments that require the application of several data collection techniques.

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This course explores quantitative methods in project planning, monitoring, and evaluation. It provides opportunities for students to design quantitative evaluations and apply statistical measures to test hypotheses. Students will explore the use of statistical software in managing and manipulating data and the production of descriptive and analytical reports that meet the guidelines and expectations of professional practitioners in the field. They will develop an understanding of an often intimidating and difficult subject with an approach that is informative, personable, and clear as they are guided through various statistical procedures, beginning with descriptive statistics, correlation, and graphical representation of data through inferential techniques, analysis of variance, and more.

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Learn how to design proposals, monitoring and evaluation plans, and budgets. Discuss how to engage stakeholders in these processes, and become familiar with donor processes and practices relevant to project design and proposal development.

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The capstone project showcases the student’s skills as an evaluator with the capacity to construct Logical Frameworks and Evaluation Statements of Work, carry out qualitative and quantitative evaluation research, analyze data and write an evaluation report.


Professional Courses (18 Credits)

This course explores the current and potential impacts of new, emerging, and rapidly evolving technologies on organizations and their operations, across a range of industries and sectors. Topics include project design, data collection, and data storage as well as legal and privacy issues. Students will gain hands-on experience with techniques for gathering and analyzing information including audio, video, and text capture; media analytics; mapping and data visualization; mobile data collection systems; and more. In addition to tools and best practices, participants will examine challenges and opportunities for designing projects that implement current and emerging technologies to ensure success.

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The main objective of this course is to improve the intercultural competencies and communication skills of students, with a particular focus on aspects of intercultural communication highly relevant for technical experts and managers. Students will increase their understanding of, and ability to work with, the processes involved when cultures come into contact. This course will enhance the student’s ability to think critically and creatively about today’s cultural challenges, to practice intercultural relations, and to provide a perspective on one’s personal and social responsibility as current and future leaders. No prerequisites.

This course explores professional ethics and leadership to maximize organizational and personal success across a wide range of disciplines and fields. Participants will learn about ethical issues involved in working with clients and donors, professional correspondence, and managing monitoring and evaluation functions. These topics will be approached within a framework of organizational leadership theories and current trends. No prerequisites.

This course provides students with the skills needed to collaborate with global partners and widespread teams and to effectively communicate with clients, including large and small corporations, internal and external customers, and members of the project team. Drawing on real-world case studies, students will learn how to prepare and document project correspondence, how to master the art of persuasion, and how to satisfy clients despite budgetary and methodological restrictions. No prerequisites.

The primary goal of this course is to explore quantitative and qualitative tools and methods used to evaluate, present, and communicate data (big and small). Students will also learn how to summarize and communicate findings to stakeholders so that they may make informed decisions that will improve the overall quality and efficiency of an organization. Topics include asking the right questions of data, constructing Statements of Work for performance and impact evaluation, conducting t-tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA, matching, differences in differences, regression discontinuity in program evaluation, and disseminating quantitative findings. No prerequisites.

This course is designed specifically with the non-economist in mind, including adult professionals who may have little or no academic preparation in economics. It includes recent developments in the theoretical and empirical cost-benefit analysis (CBA) literature, beginning with a detailed discussion of welfare economics and the microeconomic foundations of CBA. It gives comprehensive treatment to CBA methodology and concludes with the current state of CBA as it is practiced by a variety of public, private, and international agencies with applications in areas such as healthcare, environmental management, energy, law enforcement, internet strategy, and others. No prerequisites.