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
the mastery within.
Consider the lyrical lines
from a Verdi’s bel canto aria,
or the highly evolved
from Picasso’s bull.
Consider the artful sentence,
or a poet’s communication through
the injustice of genocide
on a photograph;
the peaceful, pulsating
on an Apple computer;
the transformation of an apprentice
under the tutelage of a master.
the catharsis from a Shakespearian tragedy
(or, say, a modern-day Steven Sondheim Sweeney Todd);
to inspire, to catalyze, to set in motion.
rhythm, sound, harmony, syntax,
colour, shade, composition.
This gestalt generates creative tension.
the ingenious thinking that lies within springs to life.
|To the trained eyes,
simplicity may reveal complexity
and from chaos reveal order;
the resolution is one of beauty and wholeness.
|To the untrained eyes,
the sophistication remains,
An experience is nevertheless shaped,
experienced, and inspired by the
To design is to render our intentions into the active voice.
This presentation was delivered on February 22, 2012 as part of the EGSS ScholarShare series.
This presentation introduces the discipline of program evaluation and offers a glimpse to how developmental evaluation responds to the call of providing an evaluation approach to working in complex contexts, such as social innovation. I conclude by introducing the notion of design and design thinking as a way of approaching problems we face in today’s complex world.
I discuss, briefly, some of the strategies I employed to manage my own thesis research as a graduate student researcher in education.