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.
Next start date: 08/20/2020
Total classes: 5
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 15
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
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