USC: Continuing and Professional Education

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Program Development and Evaluation


Poor program development is the major reason organizations fail to gain or lose funding. In this intensive course, we will examine the necessary components of a successful program such as a highly integrated, ongoing set of activities, resource planning, goals and objectives, organizational capacity, community partners and outcomes and evaluation. Participants will learn both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the development process. Emphasis is given to outcome based measures and evaluation. Topics will include unmet need identification and best practices.

The workshop format will feature both lecture sessions and group activities throughout the training. Participants will attend several group sessions enabling them to meet and interact with others who have similar interests and needs.  Class participants will assemble to discuss relevant grant issues and strategies with other professionals from similar disciplines (such as education, mental health, social service, health care, law enforcement, etc.)

By the end of the course participants will also understand the importance of program development as it relates to outcomes and evaluation. Prerequisite: Intermediate Grant Writing.


Upcoming Sessions

 Course: PE16-2096: Program Development and Evaluation
 Dates: Friday: 07/15/16 -
 Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 Fee: $295.00
 Session(s): 1
 Notes: The course location and directions will be emailed approximately one week before the course begins.

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After this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the Nonprofit Program
  • The cornerstones for solid program planning
  • Guidelines to keep program planning on track
  • Program Direction Goals and Objectives
  • Program process (Process, Resources and Budget)
  • Program evaluation
  • Resources for successful program evaluation

About the Instructor:      Dr. Vanessa Nelson-Reed

Dr. Vanessa Nelson-Reed is the Director of the Education Support Services Unit at J.A. White & Associates, Inc. in Columbia, South Carolina.  She possesses over 15 years of experience in grants management, peer reviewing for grants, and request for proposals (RFP) development. 

She has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University, a Masters in Education in College Student Development from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.  She brings her practical experience, hands on experience to the Grant Writing courses.  She lives in Irmo with her husband Larry and their two children.


If you would prefer to register by phone, please contact us at (803) 777-9444.


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