Evaluation Methodology – hcs549 (3 credits)

This course provides the student with the research methodology for health services research. Models of evaluation are examined and components such as stakeholder analysis, cost benefit effectiveness, decision-modeling, and statistical techniques are applied to decision making in health care organizations.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.


  • Examine the role of program goals and objectives for the evaluation process.
  • Define the steps and phases of the program planning and evaluation.
  • Analyze the role and inclusion of stakeholders involved in the evaluation process.

Needs Assessment

  • Explain the role of needs assessment on the evaluation process.
  • Describe appropriate sources available to complete a needs assessment.


  • Critique utilization processes in the program evaluation process.

Evaluation Design

  • Recommend an appropriate evaluation design/model.
  • Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of data collection sources.
  • Distinguish between research and program evaluation.

Data Collection Methods

  • Integrate data collection methods into the program evaluation plan.
  • Analyze threats to the data collection process.
  • Compare and contrast the application of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods.

Data Analysis in Program Evaluation

  • Recommend appropriate data analysis procedures.
  • Distinguish between practical and statistical significance.
  • Discern the essential elements needed in a program evaluation report.

Overview of Program Evaluation

  • Examine the purpose for program evaluation.
  • Identify various program evaluation models.
  • Examine the role of the program evaluator.

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