ORGL 2900 - Program and Policy Evaluation for Leaders


Students will learn the methods of collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating policy and program information used in organizational evaluations. Program and policy evaluation assists program managers and policy makers (leaders) in making decisions about which programs to fund, policies to modify, expand or eliminate. Students will learn how to be critical and effective users of evaluations. This course will examine a broad range of social and organizational policy areas including health, criminal justice (public sector), education, public finance, human services, and development.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Describe and analyze the purposes of program evaluation.
  2. Explain and justify an array of evaluation methods and approaches, including impact evaluation, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost- benefit analysis.
  3. Collect, analyze, and interpret qualitative and quantitative data.
  4. Apply methodological tools to evaluate the impact of public policies and programs.
  5. Communicate evaluation findings, options, and recommendations to a diverse audience and integrate evaluation standards into their research, analysis, and recommendations in an ethical, sensitive, and culturally inclusive manner.
  • Module 1: Public Policy and Politics
  • Module 2: Government Institutions and Policy Actors
  • Module 3: Understanding Public Policy Making
  • Module 4: Policy Analysis
  • Module 5: Public Problems and Policy Alternatives
  • Module 6: Assessing Policy Alternatives
  • Module 7: Education Policy
  • Module 8: Politics, Analysis, Public Choice

Credit Hours

Organizational Leadership


  • None

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