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Practical Evaluation: An Overview and Introduction for Those New to Evaluation

This course is an introduction to the major steps in designing and conducting a program evaluation. Using CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation, the course will emphasize the central importance of setting the right evaluation focus and asking the right evaluation questions. And how engaging stakeholders and a strong program description help ensure that the focus and questions are the best ones. The last session will show how those early decisions make it easier to identify  the most appropriate data collection methods and sources, choose the right ways to analyze data, and ensure that findings are reported in ways that will maximize the use of findings for program improvement.  Students will work on a variety of case examples to help reinforce teaching points.

15th January, 2015
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About the Presenter

Thomas J. Chapel, M.A., M.B.A., serves as CDC’s first Chief Evaluation Officer.  In his position Tom strengthens program evaluation expands evaluation capacity  with CDC programs and partners, by setting standards, hands-on facilitation, and providing training, tools, and resources. Mr. Chapel joined CDC in January 2001 as a health scientist and has been providing evaluation leadership ever since. Tom is known nationally for his work in evaluation and his leadership with the American Evaluation Association.  He was this year’s (2013) winner of AEA’s Mydral Government Evaluation Award.

Course Structure

Class times:

12:30-2:00 EST

6 contact hours total

Day 1: Friday, Janurary 16th 

Overview of CDC Evaluation framework steps and standards, evaluation terminology, importance of program description, construction of simple logic models.

Day 2: Friday January 23rd 

Engaging stakeholders and setting an evaluation focus and identifying evaluation questions

Day 3: Wednesday, January 28th

Overview of evaluation design choices; Data collection and analysis options and decision rules

Day 4: Friday, January 30th 

Interpretation and reporting of results; ensuring use of evaluation findings.

Important Dates

Register before 10am on January 16th (EST)

eStudy Registration Fees

American Evaluation Association Member: $150

Nonmember: $200

Student: $80

Student Nonmember: $110