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Foundations of Evaluation Practice

Course Info

Course ID

PSY 880

Credits

3

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MSU Course Catalog Description
     

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the history, professional standards, and leading theories of program evaluation practice. Students will explore professional evaluators’ roles and the contexts in which program evaluation occurs. By the end of the semester, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Explain what program evaluation is and what program evaluators do.
  • Identify how professional evaluation practice standards are used to determine the quality of an evaluation process and its products.
  • Describe the basic tenets of the central theories of program evaluation practice.
  • Compare and contrast theoretical approaches to evaluation practice.
  • Identify how theories are used to inform practice decision-making.
  • Describe the state of research on evaluation theory and practice.

Course ID

PSY 880

Credits

3

Link

MSU Course Catalog Description

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the history, professional standards, and leading theories of program evaluation practice. Students will explore professional evaluators’ roles and the contexts in which program evaluation occurs. By the end of the semester, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Explain what program evaluation is and what program evaluators do.
  • Identify how professional evaluation practice standards are used to determine the quality of an evaluation process and its products.
  • Describe the basic tenets of the central theories of program evaluation practice.
  • Compare and contrast theoretical approaches to evaluation practice.
  • Identify how theories are used to inform practice decision-making.
  • Describe the state of research on evaluation theory and practice.

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