In this course, you will review monitoring and evaluation approaches with an emphasis on different performance evaluation and impact designs. These include snapshot, one sample, cross-sectional, before and after, time series, and case study designs. Impact evaluation designs are also examined, including experimental and quasi-experimental designs.
This course emphasizes the use of mixed-method performance and summative evaluation designs that measure progress, outcomes, and impact. Coursework includes developing a LogFrame, Statement of Work, and evaluation report of a project in your local community. You will also complete a team project in which you will develop a LogFrame, SOW, evaluation plan, and report template based on a case study identified and conducted during the course.
Sample topics of discussion include:
- Introduction to evaluation designs
- Data and performance evaluations versus impact evaluations
- Case study design
- Snapshot design
- One sample and cross-sectional designs
- Time series and before and after designs
Examples of assignments and projects include:
- American Evaluation Association membership
- Evaluation LogFrame
- An SOW that analyzes challenges in carrying out evaluations, such as budget, time, politics, and data ability
- Qualitative data collection
- A class in human subjects training to introduce research ethics
Upon completing this course, you should be able to:
- Explain processes and rationales for measuring program outputs and outcomes.
- Be able to use performance and impact evaluation designs appropriately and effectively.
- Identify evaluation designs that are appropriate for addressing particular evaluation needs.
- Construct a LogFrame.
- Construct an evaluation Statement of Work (SOW).
- Write an evaluation report.
- Appreciate the different uses for performance, impact, and alternative evaluation designs.
- Serve as a reflective, critical thinker in evaluation design oversight, management, and report writing.
Click here for the official course description from the American University Catalog.
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