Fundamentals of Program Evaluation

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1 Unit
Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Improve the Management and Effectiveness of Your Organization and its Programs

Nonprofits often launch programs without knowing exactly how they will determine whether or not an initiative has achieved its expected outcome. Having an understanding of key evaluation methods is fundamental to well led organizations and the demonstration of achieved results through programming. Gain the skills to verify data and make sound decisions for positive impact.

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education to nonprofit sector employees, professionals transitioning to the nonprofit sector, current or prospective board members, or potential or veteran volunteers will benefit from this research-based program.

Required Materials: All required materials are available through the online learning platform.

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Course Date Units Price
MGT-X807 – 025 01 Oct 202428 Oct 2024 1 $299

Fundamentals of Program Evaluation

01 Oct 202428 Oct 2024
Online Fixed-Date
Mehrnoush Jamshidi

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What You Will Learn

  • Recognize the role of evaluation in program assessment
  • Create the elements of effective program design
  • Define how to use evaluation models
  • Identify simple evaluation tools


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Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.


Thank you! I do have an idea for making it easier to apply what is learned beyond the course. I believe a Nonprofit Manager Companion Guide, that contains the key points from all 8 courses, would be really helpful in using and applying the knowledge learned in this course.

I really value the discussion portion of the class, I learned a lot and gained more understanding through their posts. Also it feels like you’re in a class getting to know people.

This instructor’s assignments were achievable within the time I allotted for school: Students are encouraged to set aside 8-10 hours a week toward their coursework. Other classes took much more time in order to create, read/respond to up to 4 discussion posts per week, plus 2 assignments. This class was doable, and I retained more of the learning because I had time to focus on the assignments. Creating a logic model is something that I will continue to use in my nonprofit work to evaluate the various programs my organization offers.