Evaluation Methodology –


(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.

Overview of Program Evaluation

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


  • 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.

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.


  • Critique utilization processes in the program evaluation process.

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