This applied research methods course provides students with intensive knowledge of theory and practice of program monitoring and evaluation research with an emphasis on its practical relevance for development organizations, national and international agencies, funders from the public, private, third sectors, and other policymakers. Readings, assignments and interactive class sessions focus on: the strengths, limitations and differences between monitoring and evaluation through the eyes of different stakeholders; state-of-the art evaluation approaches at program, organizational, state, and international levels; criteria for developing a good fit between evaluation approaches and specific organizations and programs, and in particular cultural and cross-cultural contexts; criteria and design principles for developing effective evaluation designs and selecting appropriate quantitative and qualitative data collection strategies; and the political and ethic al dimensions of evaluation research, especially in terms of international development initiatives. Students will become familiar with the use of participatory processes in every stage of an evaluation implementation, from the design through the reporting phases.
Program Monitoring and Evaluation for International Development
Monday, November 7, 2016 to Monday, February 13, 2017