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PME 620: Emerging Trends in Evaluation Sciences

This course focuses on the effective design of monitoring and evaluation proposals, plans, and budgets. You will learn how to engage stakeholders, becoming familiar with the processes and practices of working with donor agencies and local community members on project design and proposal development. The use of technology to facilitate M&E is also examined.

Coursework focuses on a case study based on a real-world evaluation that students will critique throughout the course. The overall goal is to examine the project and its context, and to use information gained from the formative or mid-term evaluation to critique the monitoring and evaluation approach used. Students then develop a more complexity-responsive monitoring and evaluation plan.

The course also covers emerging trends in Measurement and Evaluation, including the use and critique of Logical Frameworks (LogFrames), alternative evaluation approaches, participatory and collaborative approaches, complexity aware approaches, developmental evaluation, and the use of systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Methodologies introduced include most significant change (MsC), outcome mapping, outcome harvesting, and system mapping.

Ultimately, you will gain skills in recognizing and critically evaluating different dimensions of complexity in M&E planning as well as anticipating challenges with evaluation designs.

Examples of topics of study and discussion include:

  • Complexity and evaluation
  • Complexity-aware, participatory, and collaborative M&E
  • Developmental evaluation
  • Complexity-responsive and theory-based evaluation
  • Emerging technology in M&E
  • System approaches and methods

Examples of assignments and projects include:

  • Real-world case study
  • A complexity-aware analysis
  • M&E planning
  • Method analysis

Course Outcomes

Upon completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss and critique the use of LogFrames.
  • Identify alternative approaches to program evaluation.
  • Recognize different dimensions of complexity.
  • Analyze participatory development techniques used to engage stakeholders in evaluation.
  • Design an evaluation that takes an alternative approach.
  • Appreciate the importance of stakeholder participation in evaluation.
  • Anticipate challenges with evaluation designs and examining emerging trends.

Click here for the official course description from the American University Catalog.

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