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GDPI/PME 802 – Program Inquiry and Evaluation

This course will guide students in conducting systematic evaluative inquiry in support of data-informed program decision-making. Students will examine the multiple purposes of program evaluation, applying the principles, methods and logic inherent in the needs of targeted program personnel and decision makers.

The overall learning objectives for GDPI 802 are:

  • To develop an understanding of theoretical frameworks for inquiring into social programs, their organizational structures, learning activities, and outputs
  • To develop an understanding of how to inquire into social programs and develop program evaluation plans
  • To develop engage in professional dialogues about program inquiry and evaluation within a community of evaluation practice
  • To articulate complex understandings and response to dilemmas in program evaluation theory and practice
  • To apply understandings about program evaluation theory to a specific context of evaluation practice

Course Offered in:

Sessions Taught: Summer 2019, Winter 2019, Fall 2019, Summer 2018

By Chi Yan Lam

Dr. Chi Yan Lam is a Credentialed Evaluator and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of evaluation at the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University; he is also a full-time evaluator practicing in public service. He specializes in evaluating large-scale, complex programs and incorporates multi-, mixed- and design methods in his evaluations to answer questions of importance to program administrators and policy makers working on educational and social programs. His articles on evaluation have been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Evaluation and the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. He has been a holder of the professional designation in evaluation since 2014.

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