Brown School Offers Hands-On Experience in Program Evaluation

Community Engagement; Public Health

In a data-driven world, organizations who can meticulously assess their programs and share that information with stakeholders have an edge when it comes to survival. However, the process can feel daunting without the right tools. Professionals can hone this valuable skill set with the launch of the Program Evaluation post-master’s certificate at the Brown School.

The course is ideal for anyone wanting the right mix of the fundamentals and practical skills to develop an appropriate design, cultivate stakeholder support, and identify needed resources. Applicants must have a master’s degree from any accredited institution, and are encouraged to apply by March 8, 2019.

“Building a culture of strategic learning is critical to the success of any organization. Evaluation provides the mechanism to strengthen programs and services and produce better outcomes,” explained Nancy Mueller, assistant dean of Planning and Evaluation and director of the Brown School Evaluation Center. “I am excited to share not only the fundamentals of evaluation but also the real-world application of how to successfully conduct evaluations in dynamic, resource-limited settings.” 

Over the course of six full-day meetings during late Spring 2019, participants will learn how to develop a comprehensive evaluation plan and communicate the findings in a visually compelling way.

“Increasing the capacity of organizations to better understand, document, and communicate impact is a win for them and the communities they serve”, explained Nikole Lobb Dougherty, associate director of the Evaluation Center and co-instructor of the course. “This program will focus on preparing participants to develop and implement well considered, high quality program evaluations.”

This offering is one in a series of post-master’s certificate programs at the Brown School. Certificates offer instruction on a wide variety of topics. Other cohorts are forming now to increase skills in addressing depression in adults, mediation and conflict resolution, and family strengthening to improve child well-being. Learn more and apply to the Program Evaluation course and additional certificate programs.