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Evaluation Management

Course Info

Course ID

PSY 888

Credits

3

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Course Description

It’s one thing to do an evaluation by yourself, or to have a role on an evaluation team. It takes a very different set of skills to direct or manage an evaluation from start to finish. This course puts students in the driver’s seat and engages them in thinking about what it takes to lead an evaluation, from soup (preparing the evaluation plan and budget) to nuts (orchestrating the pieces; facilitating use along the way; and delivering the results and promised products within a budget, timeline and certain expectations for quality). Students will learn the business aspects of evaluation management, such as writing evaluation proposals, negotiating and managing contracts, estimating and managing costs, and delivering results on time and within a budget. Students will learn the technical aspects of management, such as assuring quality of data collection and processing, facilitating use of evaluation processes and products for learning, obtaining IRB approval, and working with advisory groups. Students will learn relationship management such as leading an evaluation team, managing client relationships, verbal and nonverbal communications, and running effective meetings. The course focuses on the application of basic project management strategies to the management of program evaluations. Course content is divided into the four phases of project management: (1) planning, (2) executing, (3) controlling, and (4) closing.

By the end of the semester students will be expected to be able to:

  • Reflect on how their own career aspirations fit within the field of program evaluation management by:
    • Assessing their own level of program evaluation management expertise
    • Discussing the differences between structures and processes of managing evaluations within different contexts
  • Remember the basic concepts of project management and apply them to managing an evaluation project
  • Apply the planning and initiation concepts of evaluation management by:
    • Writing an evaluation proposal with tasks, timeline and budget components
    • Estimating evaluation costs
    • Developing evaluation contracts with both clients and evaluation team members
  • Apply the control aspects of evaluation management by:
    • Assessing the data quality of organization
    • Discussing ways to assure high quality data collection, entry, analysis, reporting and storage
    • Completing a full set of Institutional Review Board application forms
    • Discussing how to manage IRB reporting requirements when a project violates human subjects protections
  • Value the importance of relationships and communication both with the evaluation team and with the stakeholders when managing an evaluation by:
    • Conducting a stakeholder analysis
    • Discussing how to develop and work with Evaluation Advisory Groups
    • Conducting effective meetings
    • Developing a lesson plan for facilitating discussions related to evaluation use
    • Experimenting with verbal and nonverbal communications

Related Faculty

Course ID

PSY 888

Credits

3

Link


Course Description

It’s one thing to do an evaluation by yourself, or to have a role on an evaluation team. It takes a very different set of skills to direct or manage an evaluation from start to finish. This course puts students in the driver’s seat and engages them in thinking about what it takes to lead an evaluation, from soup (preparing the evaluation plan and budget) to nuts (orchestrating the pieces; facilitating use along the way; and delivering the results and promised products within a budget, timeline and certain expectations for quality). Students will learn the business aspects of evaluation management, such as writing evaluation proposals, negotiating and managing contracts, estimating and managing costs, and delivering results on time and within a budget. Students will learn the technical aspects of management, such as assuring quality of data collection and processing, facilitating use of evaluation processes and products for learning, obtaining IRB approval, and working with advisory groups. Students will learn relationship management such as leading an evaluation team, managing client relationships, verbal and nonverbal communications, and running effective meetings. The course focuses on the application of basic project management strategies to the management of program evaluations. Course content is divided into the four phases of project management: (1) planning, (2) executing, (3) controlling, and (4) closing.

By the end of the semester students will be expected to be able to:

  • Reflect on how their own career aspirations fit within the field of program evaluation management by:
    • Assessing their own level of program evaluation management expertise
    • Discussing the differences between structures and processes of managing evaluations within different contexts
  • Remember the basic concepts of project management and apply them to managing an evaluation project
  • Apply the planning and initiation concepts of evaluation management by:
    • Writing an evaluation proposal with tasks, timeline and budget components
    • Estimating evaluation costs
    • Developing evaluation contracts with both clients and evaluation team members
  • Apply the control aspects of evaluation management by:
    • Assessing the data quality of organization
    • Discussing ways to assure high quality data collection, entry, analysis, reporting and storage
    • Completing a full set of Institutional Review Board application forms
    • Discussing how to manage IRB reporting requirements when a project violates human subjects protections
  • Value the importance of relationships and communication both with the evaluation team and with the stakeholders when managing an evaluation by:
    • Conducting a stakeholder analysis
    • Discussing how to develop and work with Evaluation Advisory Groups
    • Conducting effective meetings
    • Developing a lesson plan for facilitating discussions related to evaluation use
    • Experimenting with verbal and nonverbal communications

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