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.
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.
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.
Register before 10am on January 16th (EST)
eStudy Registration Fees
American Evaluation Association Member: $150
Student Nonmember: $110