Online Program Evaluation Graduate Certificate

Do you want to deepen your evaluation capacity and strengthen your analytical skills? If so, the program evaluation certificate may benefit you as a professional. You’ll develop expertise in impact evaluation through evidence-based quantitative approaches. These data-driven skills are in high demand to show the effectiveness of programs.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/20/2020


Total classes: 5

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 15

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Become certified in program impact measurement

The program evaluation certificate may benefit a range of professionals. You can develop professional expertise to assume evaluation responsibilities in your current role. Or you can build your evaluation toolkit for front-line program delivery. The program evaluation certificate also complements degrees in substantive fields. These fields include criminology, economic development, education, health care, social services and more.

This credential is ideal for students with backgrounds in management and social sciences. It offers rigorous training in applied statistics but doesn’t require knowledge of calculus or matrix algebra. Through certificate coursework, you'll build foundational knowledge in data programming. You’ll also gain expertise in quantitative analysis, research design and managerial experience. The program will introduce you to open-source software and open data ecosystems. You’ll learn to use R (a computer language) to create data dashboards, automate reports and more. These tools can be helpful for communicating results to clients.

What is program evaluation?

 

Program evaluation is the process of researching and gathering data to see if a project or program achieves its goals. Program evaluation has become a routine operation for a wide range of industries. Industries employing evaluators include educational institutions, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and private companies. These employees deploy data-driven techniques to assess program efficiency based on several factors.

Where can I use program evaluation?

 

With program evaluation skills, your options for employment are diverse. You could work for a university, nonprofit, health care facility or the government. Your daily tasks may include assessing programs, conducting cost analyses and reporting findings.

Featured courses

You’ll learn how to conduct program evaluation with a range of quantitative tools. These methods of program evaluation may include open-source software, regression tools, geographic information system applications and more.


Required course

Foundations of Program Evaluation I: Multiple Regression


Required course

Foundations of Program Evaluation II: Research Design


Required course

Foundations of Program Evaluation III: Advanced Regression Tools


Required course

Foundations of Data Science I: Introduction to Data Programming


Required course

Program Evaluation


What jobs use program evaluation?

Program evaluation spans many fields and industries. These include educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, health care facilities, government programs and more. Please note the program evaluation certificate prepares you for analyst roles. Some of the careers listed below may need more education, experience and training. Interested in full-time quantitative evaluation roles? Take a look at the Master of Science in program evaluation and data analytics. Here are some career titles with program evaluation as a central component of their role:

Compliance officer

City government program manager

County health officer

Director of evaluation

Economic development

Education curriculum or program specialist

Evaluation specialist in a public or nonprofit organization

Foundation officer

Government grant manager

Study with professional evaluators

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Study with professional evaluators

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

How do I apply for this program evaluation certificate?

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Nationally recognized public service programs

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community. 

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