Introduction to Program Evaluation

Course Category: 
Stand-alone Courses
There is no prerequisite for this course.

Course overview

This 2-day workshop will introduce and enhance program evaluation skills.  The content conforms to the Canadian Evaluation Society and all case studies are situated in a Canadian context.

Learning objectives 

Participants will gain practical skills to be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of a program evaluation
  • List the steps in the evaluation process
  • Design an evaluation
  • Design a logic model for a program
  • Use evaluation as a management tool for improving program performance and enhancing accountability
  • Construct questions for evaluation
  • Understand various research methods
  • Analyze a sample survey data using descriptive statistics; analyze sample data using inferential analysis (t-tests); and analyze qualitative data using theme analysis
  • Monitor program performance with existing administrative data and information systems
  • Develop an evaluation matrix and create sample evaluation reports

Who should attend?

Program officers, program consultants, policy analysts and consultants, supervisors, managers, senior executives, human resource professionals, social researchers, employment services and anyone interested in developing or enhancing their evaluation skills. 


There is no prerequisite for this course.


Participants will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, case studies, exercises, and suggested solutions.

How will you learn?

The 2, day-long sessions will use a variety of lectures and presentations; interrelated group work; case study and integrated experiential learning.

Who will teach the course?

Dr. Tess Miller, Credentialed Evaluator 
BSc (York); BEd (Toronto); MEd, PhD (Queen's)

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