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Program Development and Evaluation
Design Successful Evaluations
The Program Development and Evaluation course at USC is an advanced course designed to equip students with the strategic development models and evaluation tools necessary when writing a successful grant proposal. Students will learn the key methods to planning, implementing and evaluating quality programs through the systematic logic model and organized evaluation techniques.
The Program Development and Evaluation course identifies program development as both a product and a process. Students will become familiar with how the logic model process results in a theoretical framework for describing the effects and consequences of a program as they are related to its development and implementation. The course will also dissect the three types of evaluations – goal-based evaluation, process evaluation and outcome evaluation – and how to analyze output elements and reports. Emphasis is given to outcome based measures and evaluation. Course discussion topics include unmet need identification and best practices for program development and evaluation.
The intensive course further examines 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. The workshop format is interactive with both lecture sessions and breakout groups.
By the end of the course participants will also understand the importance of program development as it relates to outcomes and evaluation.
Prerequisites: Intermediate Grant Writing
After this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the Nonprofit Program
- Know the cornerstones for solid program planning
- Outline guidelines to keep program planning on track
- Define program direction goals and objectives
- Identify program process (Process, Resources and Budget)
- Provide program evaluation
- Find resources for successful program evaluation