Spring 2017  |  PA 5311 Section 001: Program Evaluation (55341)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Partially Online
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
Fri 10:00AM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 15
Fri 10:00AM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 15
Fri 10:00AM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 15
Fri 10:00AM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 15
Fri 10:00AM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 15
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Principal methods, primary applications of evaluation research as applied to policies/programs in health/human services, education, or the environment. Conducting evaluations. Becoming a critical consumer of studies. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
Class Notes:
Class will meet on 1/27, 2/17, 3/10, 3/31, and 4/21..http://classinfo.umn.edu/?sandf002+PA5311+Spring2017
Class Description:

This course provides an overview to program evaluation in public affairs. It explores the complexities and realities of conducting program evaluation studies in community-based settings, such as public agencies, schools, non-profit organizations, and collaborative initiatives.

The overall purpose of this course is to provide students with a conceptual framework and practical strategies for conducting community-based evaluation studies.

We use a project-based approach that will allow us to compare and contrast different evaluation projects across the course --from establishing guiding evaluation questions to instrumentation, data collection, data analysis, and presentation of findings to multiple audiences. Over the course of the semester, students will work in teams to design and develop their own comprehensive evaluation plan for a selected "real world" program run in a public or nonprofit organization.

prereq: Grad student or instr consent

Students will complete various assignments and receive weighted grades. The client-based field work in which general ideas about evaluation are applied are 50% of the overall class grade. Peer evaluation of students' participation in the fieldwork teams is also a part of the overall grade.
Exam Format:
Final paper for a community-based client and presentation
Class Format:
Hybrid course. Five face-to-face sessions from 10:00 - 5:00 on the day of meeting This course is being redesigned for this format for spring 2016, so a syllabus will be posted when it is fully fleshed out.
Like all graduate courses, you should plan to spend about 15 -20 hours per week on course related activities and assignments.
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/sandf002_PA5311_Spring2019.pdf (Spring 2019)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/sandf002_PA5311_Spring2016.pdf (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
2 November 2015

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