Introduction to evaluation for practitioners and policy makers
This course is designed to introduce some of the
key ideas and concepts of programme evaluation to an
audience that has little prior experience of either commissioning
or undertaking evaluation. Some basic understanding of social
science methodology and terminology will be assumed. The
target audience for this course is policymakers, social scientists
and practitioners in local and central government, or in the
charitable sector who are having to get to grips with and
commission evaluations as part of their work.
The course will comprise a mix of lectures and participatory
problem solving activities, and will draw heavily on practical,
real life examples.
This course will cover the following topics:
- What is evaluation
- Defining evaluation
- Overview of approaches & questions
- Evaluation - why now?
- Developing evaluation questions
- Practical issues in designing an evaluation
- Evaluation methods and approaches
- Programme theory
- Process evaluation and monitoring
- Impact evaluation
- Efficiency and value for money
- Controversies in evaluation
- Challenges and prospects
Who is it aimed at?
This course will be useful to you if you are:
- A policy maker working in central and local government, a
public body or the not for profit sector.
- A practitioner responsible for the delivery of social policies
programmes in the areas of public health, education, crime and
public order, welfare and employment
- A researcher in any sector new to the evaluation of social
policies and programmes
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
- be able to define evaluation and its role in shaping policy and
- be able to describe the processes and outcomes of monitoring
systems and their role in evaluation
- be able to specify the key roles, stages and challenges in the
commissioning and management of evaluation projects
- be able to describe the different range of methods used in
- have had experience of formulating appropriate evaluation
questions and choosing an appropriate blend of methods for those
- have an improved understanding of key issues in contemporary
Cost and booking
The full price of this course is £500.
We offer discounts to students, academics and those working in the
Participants will be limited to a maximum group size of 14.