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AGHE 800 – Evaluating Aging-Related Programs and Services

To enrol in this course, please visit: https://www.rehab.queensu.ca/academic-programs/aghe

This course introduces learners to evaluation principles and practice as applied to programs that address social, physical and economic determinants of wellness and participation for older adults. Learners will acquire skills necessary to identify and apply program evaluation methods to inform ongoing program development. Topics will include theoretical aspects of program evaluation, as well as strategies for program development, monitoring and change with a focus on participatory approaches. Current debates in the field will be discussed, with particular attention to issues underlying research and evaluation with older adult populations in community and institutional contexts. Attention will be given to knowledge mobilization strategies that foster inclusion, empowerment and innovation. 

After completing this course, students are expected to be able to demonstrate: 

  1. Skills in articulating and critiquing various approaches to program evaluation and development. 
  2. The ability to describe programs through depiction of the underlying program logic. 
  3. The ability to critique existing evaluation plans and reports in the context of aging-related programs and services. 
  4. The ability to prepare a plan for the evaluation of age-related programs and services. 
  5. Skills in applying evaluation knowledge to decision making. 
  6. Knowledge and understanding of strategies for reporting evaluation results to program administrators and other stakeholders for maximum utilization. 

Course is offered in:
Master of Science in Aging and Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University

Sessions taught: Winter 2020, Winter 2019

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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