Online Course: An Overview and Introduction for Those New to Evaluation

Are you interested in learning about program evaluation? The American Evaluation Association is hosting an online course that provides an introduction to the major steps in designing and conducting a program evaluation. Using CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation, the course will emphasize the central importance of setting the right evaluation focus and asking the right evaluation questions. And how engaging stakeholders and a strong program description help ensure that the focus and questions are the best ones. The last session will show how those early decisions make it easier to identify  the most appropriate data collection methods and sources, choose the right ways to analyze data, and ensure that findings are reported in ways that will maximize the use of findings for program improvement.  Students will work on a variety of case examples to help reinforce teaching points.

This eStudy will occur in three 2-hour sessions and will include preparation materials sent before, between, and after the sessions.

Presenter: Thomas J. Chapel, M.A., M.B.A., serves as CDC’s first Chief Evaluation Officer.  In his position Tom strengthens program evaluation expands evaluation capacity  with CDC programs and partners, by setting standards, hands-on facilitation, and providing training, tools, and resources. Mr. Chapel joined CDC in January 2001 as a health scientist and has been providing evaluation leadership ever since. Tom is known nationally for his work in evaluation and his leadership with the American Evaluation Association.  He was this year’s (2013) winner of AEA’s Mydral Government Evaluation Award.

Before joining CDC, Tom was a vice president in the Atlanta office of Macro International (now ICF International), where he directed hundreds of projects and tasks in evaluation and planning for CDC, other Federal agencies, and state, local, and community-based organizations,  Mr. Chapel received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University and his Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Dates: Tuesdays, November 19, December 3 & 10, 12:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time (1:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time on December 10)

Length: 6 total contact hours

How to register? Click here.

Questions? Comments? Email [email protected]

Elayne Vlahaki, MPH
Program Manager
BC HIV/HCV Evaluation Advisory Group