Designing and Evaluating High Impact Programs

Course Overview

To ensure accountability to their constituents and the broader public, nonprofit leaders must be able to critically analyze and report on their programs. This course prepares students to undertake the research, design and evaluation process used in nonprofit and public agencies to ensure the highest levels of program effectiveness and impact. Students will learn how to develop an overarching theory of change to guide the fundamentals of program development and assessment and to support a process of continuous improvement within their organizations. The course covers key topics such as assessing community needs, using research to guide program design, cultural competency, designing evaluation processes, applying an equity framework in evaluation, sharing evaluation results and making modifications based on evaluation results.


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