Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation

Course Number
5100 (Social and Behavioural Health Science)
Course Instructor(s)
Carol Strike, Jackie Bender

Course Description

This course will introduce concepts and methods of evaluation that are essential for health professionals. The goal is to provide a representative overview of the field of health program evaluation, through lectures, class discussions and group activities.

Students from various streams and degree programs participate in this course; as such, the instructors will make every effort to teach to a broad range of applications. In teaching the class, the instructors will draw on their experiences and backgrounds, as well as examples provided by students. It is believed that students benefit from multidisciplinary learning environments and therefore students are encouraged to share their expertise with their peers during the classes.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe reasons for program evaluation and the evaluation process
  • Distinguish between different evaluation types and recognize when each can be applied
  • Describe the role of program theory in evaluation and in the formulation of evaluation questions
  • Describe and apply a variety of methods and approaches to evaluation
  • Describe and participate in the development of all phases of an evaluation, from start to finish
  • Recognize the factors that affect the usefulness of evaluation results
  • Develop and write an evaluation proposal

General Requirements

  • Students are recommended to have completed a graduate level course in statistics and/or research design in order to derive the most benefit from the course content.