Essential Skills Series


This intro course is for people new to program evaluation, or for people who have never taken an evaluation course.

Participants will gain basic levels of knowledge, skill and appreciation with respect to the essential elements of evaluation, equipping them to enter and participate in the evaluation field and develop as evaluation professionals.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of evaluation in the program life cycle;
  • Explain common evaluation terms, functions, and approaches;
  • List the steps in planning and conducting an evaluation;
  • Describe how common social science data collection methods are used in evaluations;
  • Describe the value and use of project management concepts in evaluations;
  • Outline ways to support the use of evaluation findings and produce actionable evaluation reports; and
  • Recognize evaluation standards and ethical principles and identify their role in the professionalization of evaluation in Canada.

Estimated Time to Complete:  20 hours

Prerequisites:  None — this is an entry-level course; no prior knowledge or experience related to evaluation is required.  This course is designed for those who are new to program evaluation or to those wishing to ensure that their knowledge and skills used in their evaluation practice encompass all basic aspects of program evaluation.

Evaluation Competencies addressed:  [x] reflective; [x] technical; [x] situational; [x] management; [x] interpersonal.

Note: For all self-paced courses on the e-Institute you have three months to complete the course, starting from the date of purchase.

Learn more about the facilitated cohort options for this course here.

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