Certificate in Program Evaluation
For results-oriented professionals
Strong program development and performance require ongoing program evaluation and meaningful structures of accountability. Program evaluation seeks to assess the relevance, sustainability, impact, effectiveness and efficiency of programs, projects, policies and regulations by focusing on program design and results. It involves the systematic gathering of information about the performance of projects, policies, programs, regulations, and other initiatives in order to determine their relevance, success, and cost-effectiveness.
Program evaluations are complex endeavours that must be conducted professionally and competently in order to be both credible and useful. The quality and integrity of evaluations depend on the quality and competence of the professionals involved. As an evaluator, you must be able to apply appropriate research and statistical methods rigorously. You must be able to make sound critical evidence-based judgments and communicate well with clients in order to support them in bringing about change. The core competencies of evaluators have been empirically identified by major professional associations, including the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES), and the Treasury Board of Canada.
The graduate certificate in Program Evaluation consists of four courses, for a total of 15 graduate-level credits. All courses are competency-based, designed to provide professionals and managers with the practical knowledge, skills, and credibility for conducting, managing or participating in the program evaluation process.
Inquiry-based learning is a central feature of the training approach. You will link scholarship to practice through case studies and problem-solving exercises. The goal is to enable students to apply sound evaluation methodologies in an ethical and professional manner. Students will have the opportunity to work in their interest areas with the support of a faculty advisor.
This program delivers a transformative learning experience to individuals from various sectors who expect to be involved in various capacities in program evaluation. You will acquire the core competencies required to professionally conduct a program evaluation.
The program is designed to ensure that graduates can:
- evaluate programs and/or manage a program evaluation process in accordance with recognized professional evaluation standards;
- design and conduct program evaluations utilizing the most appropriate tools and methods;
- utilize sound research methodologies and tools to systematically gather, analyze, present and interpret data;
- conduct in-depth needs assessments, process/implementation evaluations, and results/impact analyses including cost/benefit analysis;
- establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with stakeholders; and,
- engage in systematic enquiry, situational analysis and reflective practice.
These program outcomes will be monitored, and will provide the basis upon which students’ individual performance will be assessed. The course material is intellectually and personally challenging. The curriculum makes extensive use of student-led inquiry, case studies and problem-solving learning methods. The curriculum is designed to suit the needs of students who have already acquired some work/professional experience.
This graduate certificate will be recognized by the Canadian Evaluation Society and members of the Consortium of Universities for Evaluation Education. Royal Roads University recognizes this certificate for 12 transfer credits. Additional transfer agreements will be sought.
All applicants must:
1. Have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a professional or social science discipline (e.g., public administration, criminal justice, social work, education, business administration, sociology, or economics).
2. Have acquired professional experience.
3. Have successfully completed an undergraduate course in research methodology and an introductory level statistics course.
4. Attend an interview or orientation session, if required.
Applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements policy (99).
When to apply
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
How to apply
1. Apply online at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply. You will be required to pay a $75 application fee.
Additional documents required for a complete Graduate application:
• A resume.
• Official sealed transcripts (or interim transcripts) from every post-secondary institution you have attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
• Three letters of reference (at least one of which must be from an academic, and at least one of which must be from someone who can speak to your work experience). Please use the forms provided in the application package. Have the letters completed, sealed, and signed, and returned with your application package.
2. You will be advised of an admission decision and provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see Fees and additional costs section below). This money will be applied toward your tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.
3. In cases where interim transcripts are submitted, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due by the end August.
The deadline to apply is March 1.
Fees and additional costs
See the Fees and Other Costs section. There will be additional costs for textbooks.
Dates and location
The program is scheduled to begin September 2017 and will be offered completely online.
Methods of delivery
This program may employ various delivery methods including in class, online, and self-directed study.
A prerequisite is a requirement which must be met before a student enters a course or program. A P grade does not, unless stated otherwise, meet a prerequisite requirement. Students who do not have the stated prerequisite courses may not register in a course having these requirements without the permission of the School of Graduate Studies.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
You may be able to obtain credit for prior learning through evaluation of previous studies or learning through experience for a maximum of 25% of the certificate’s total number of credits. Contact the program coordinator for further information.
Course withdrawal deadlines
Course withdrawal deadlines follow UFV's Course Withdrawal policy (81). Please see the General Regulations for Graduate Studies.
Candidates who qualify to receive a UFV graduate certificate must be approved by the UFV School of Graduate Studies and the University Senate. Students must submit a Request for Graduation form to the UFV Office of the Registrar by April 1.
The four required courses are offered sequentially over a period of four semesters, therefore time required to complete this program will normally be 24 months.
Maximum length of time to complete program
All students must complete the certificate within four years.
Program requirements and continuance in program
To maintain status as a program student and to continue in the program, students must maintain a minimum program grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
UFV Graduate Studies policy requires that at least 75% of program courses be taken at UFV. A maximum of one course (25%) may be taken at another university for transfer or prior learning assessment credit. This would require advance approval of the Program Evaluation coordinator and the Associate Vice-President, Research, Engagement and Graduate Studies.
Students can re-take a course if they wish to improve the grade earned in the course. Permission of the Graduate program committee is required (Please see General Regulations for Graduate Studies.)
Students wishing to audit a course must request permission from the instructor no later than the end of the fourth week of classes. No changes from regular to audit status will be permitted after this date.
Governed by the General Regulations for Graduate Studies.
The graduate certificate in Program Evaluation consists of four courses, for a total of 15 graduate-level credits.
The Context of Policy Development and Performance Evaluation
Program Evaluation Principles and Processes
Evaluation Design and Issues in Program Evaluation I
Evaluation Design and Issues in Program Evaluation II