Improve quality and ensure the success of your programs with this online evaluation course. This online course will introduce you to the key skills for making sense of data you might collect in an evaluation.
Evaluation is a valuable tool for strengthening the quality of programs and improving outcomes, and provides an opportunity for critical and strategic thinking. By collecting and analysing information about your program's activities, characteristics, and outcomes, you will better understand its effectiveness and improve future program services. This online evaluation course introduces you to the basics you need to manage and analyse common forms of evaluation data.
This course will cover common forms of evaluation data collection methods, including focus groups, interviews, surveys. It will cover both qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collected through these methods. It will also provide some skills in designing and undertaking the analysis of data collected from these methods. No background knowledge is assumed in this course. You will get a good foundation for the role that data play in evaluation, the common types of data that are gathered, and the main ways in which they are analysed.
|Duration||Two sessions (5 hours in total)|
|Dates||Mon 10 Aug & Wed 12 Aug 2020|
|Time||12:00 PM - 2:30 PM|
|Venue||Online via a live video link|
|Cost||$485 (GST free)|
This evaluation course provides participants with applied knowledge and skills to evaluate programs and projects within their work. It is led by two academic practitioners who have extensive experience conducting evaluations and also supporting the capacity of others to undertake evaluations. You will interact via zoom with the presenters and other course participants.
This five hour online course will cover the following topics:
- Working with data from focus groups and interviews.
- Working with survey data.
- Key statistical concepts and methods for outcome evaluation.
At the completion of this online evaluation course you will know:
- The strengths and weaknesses of common evaluation data collection methods.
- The issues that arise for using these in evaluations.
- The type of data these methods generate.
- The main qualitative and quantitative approaches to analyzing these data.
This evaluation course online will be facilitated through an interactive live video link. Registered participants will be able to connect to the video link using Zoom (available free) and a reliable internet connection is required. Video connection details will be made available to each participant prior to the course via Canvas, the UTS Learning Management System (LMS). Course materials, presentations and/or readings will also be made available to participants within Canvas LMS.
Each module from within this online course will follow a common learning path that will involve:
- Some minor preparatory work to get participants thinking about the topic prior to the module.
- Clarifying specific learning objectives for the module.
- Introduction of key concepts, frameworks, terminology.
- ‘Deconstruction’ of a worked example.
- Extension of key concepts to discuss challenges and risks and other applications.
- Online interactive discussion to help participants apply knowledge to their own evaluation context.
- Short summary of main principles/skills/concepts.
- Direction to other useful resources and tools.
Who is this course for?
This online evaluation course is designed for professionals seeking a general understanding of evaluation. This online course is also suitable to professionals who have to conduct an evaluation as well those who need to manage or commission an evaluation, such as Evaluation officers, Research officers or Policy officers.
In-house training solutions
This evaluation course online can also be customised and/or delivered in-house. Find out more.
About the presenters
Dr. George Argyrous is the Research and Evaluation Manager at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG) and was formally ANZSOG Senior Lecturer in Evident-Based Decision Making and director of the Evidence and Evaluation Hub. He is an expert in the application of statistics and research methods to social, economic and evaluation research, and the macroeconomics of government spending. George has managed and taught a number of research methods, statistics and evaluation training courses for public sector agencies, including the Australian Broadcasting Authority, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.
Duncan Rintoul is an Associate of IPPG and Director of Rooftop Social, a research and evaluation firm that specialises in facilitation and capacity building. Duncan has close to 20 years’ consulting experience across a broad range of policy areas, including education, justice, human services, health and urban affairs. He works in a diverse mix of government agencies and NGOs and teaches in executive education programs for the Australian Evaluation Society (AES) and the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMRS). Between 2015-19, Duncan initiated and lead a major evaluation capacity-building projects in the NSW Department of Education.
This online evaluation course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public. This course is the forth in the evaluation online course series and builds on the content covered in earlier courses. Participants are not required to complete all the courses within the series although it is the suggested learning pathway.
- Evaluation Course: Getting Started (Online)
- Evaluation Course: Evaluation Design (Online)
- Evaluation Course: Data Sources and Methods (Online)
- Evaluation Course: Organising and Analysing Data (Online)
- Evaluation Course: Putting it All Together (Online)
Need more information?
- For course related enquiries and future dates email us or call +61 (02) 9514 7884.
- For enquiries regarding enrolments or payment email us here or call +61 (02) 9514 2913.
This short course is presented by the university's Institute for Public Policy and Governance. Learn more about the Institute's research, industry collaboration, postgraduate programs and short courses.