New! Certificate in Program Evaluation
For results-oriented professionals
Good governance and public management require ongoing program evaluation and public accountability. Program evaluation seeks to assess the relevance, sustainability, impact, effectiveness and efficiency of government programs, projects, policies and regulations by focusing on program results and value for tax-payers’ money. It involves the systematic gathering of information about the performance of public projects, policies, programs and regulations in order to determine their relevance, success and cost-effectiveness.
"The launch of this new program is very exciting news for the whole community of evaluators in Canada. The work of UFV is pivotal to the success of our professional designation program, and we are very pleased to support this initiative."
-- François Dumaine, President, Canadian Evaluation Society, 2010
What do program evaluators do?
Program evaluations are complex and delicate exercises 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 also able to make sound critical 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.
What will I study as part of this program?
UFV's graduate certificate in Program Evaluation consists of six courses, for a total of 15 graduate-level credits. All courses are competency-based, designed to provide public sector and civil society 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 teach you how to apply sound evaluation methodologies in an ethical and professional manner.
Is this program designed for me?
The certificate program delivers a transformative learning experience to mid-career professionals from various public management and service fields, as well as managers, consultants and researchers who expect to be involved in various capacities in program evaluation. You will acquire the core competencies required to professionally conduct a program evaluation.
Will I earn a recognized credential?
This graduate certificate will be recognized by the Canadian Evaluation Society and members of the Consortium of University Evaluation Education.
Where and when is this program offered?
This program will employ various delivery methods including an on-campus orientation session, online classes, and self-directed study. The program starts January 28, 2012.
What is the program outline?
| Course|| Title|| Credits|
| PREV 700|| Program Management, Policy Development and Performance |
| PREV 710|| Program Evaluation Principles and Processes || 3|
| PREV 720|| Evaluation Design and Issues in Program Evaluation || 3|
| PREV 730 || Cost-Benefit Analysis|| 3|
| PREV 740 || Applied Evaluation Techniques: Lab Exercises|| 2|
| PREV 750 || Professional Practice in Program Evaluation|| 1|
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What does each course cover?
Program Management, Policy Development and Performance Measurement
This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of public sector management, policy development and performance measurement. The course focuses in part on the role and importance of program evaluation and other performance monitoring mechanisms in informing policy and successfully delivering programs and services. The course places program evaluation within the broader context public sector management and accountability and introduces the general conceptual framework for the whole graduate certificate program.
Program Evaluation Principles and Processes
This course introduces the student to the analytical and systematic processes used in program evaluation. It introduces the importance of logic models, examines the various approaches and research methods used in program evaluation and performance measurement, and critically examines the strengths and limitations of these methods. The course introduces the notions of program ‘evaluability’, performance indicators, program audit, output measurement, impact assessment. Students will critically review several evaluation studies.
Evaluation Design and Issues in Program Evaluation
This course introduces students to the design process in program evaluation including the selection of an appropriate research methodology. The course provides students with the skills and knowledge to design evaluation studies and other performance assessment tools. Students will be required to develop several evaluation designs. The course also examines how issues arise from various stakeholder agenda including scope, processes, timelines and data, as well as other issues relating to the implementation and management of evaluation studies.
The course introduces students to the theoretical foundations and methodologies of cost-benefit analysis and examines the strengths and limitations of such analyses in the public sector. In particular, students will learn the economic basis for this type of analysis, valuing benefits and costs in primary and secondary markets, discounting future benefits and costs, contingent valuation with uncertainties, and valuing impact from observed behaviour. Student will learn about how to identify and measure the social impacts or outcomes of programs, their intended and unintended results, and present and future strategic opportunities. The course teaches students the skills and methods for designing and conducting cost-benefit studies and interpreting their findings.
Applied Evaluation Techniques: Lab Exercises
In this course students apply the techniques and skills they have gained through previous program courses through the completion of a number of case studies and problem solving exercises. Students will apply their learning to cases and situations drawn from various public sector areas.
Professional Practice in Program Evaluation
This course offers the student an opportunity to explore and practice the personal and interpersonal competencies that professional evaluators are expected to master. This course also emphasizes the importance of values and ethical behaviour and professional standards in conducting evaluations. This course touches upon the human side of evaluations, how competing views and interests are often at play, how misunderstandings and conflicts may arise, and how one may deal with them in order to mitigate their adverse effect.
Who are the faculty?
Research & Graduate Studies
Yvon Dandurand is a criminologist and the Associate Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, at the University of the Fraser Valley. He is also a Senior Associate of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, a United Nations affiliated institute. Earlier in his career, Dandurand was the Director General of Consultations, Programs and Research, in the Programs and Policy Branch of the Department of Justice Canada. Dandurand has been directly involved in numerous evaluation projects and is an expert in evaluation methodology. He is one of the co-authors of the United Nations Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit and has helped design the United Nations Rule of Law Indicators. He is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society.
Adrienne Chan, MSW, Ph.D., RSW
School of Social Work and Human Services
Adrienne Chan completed her doctorate at the University of Kent (2001). She teaches research methods and evaluation. Her experience includes developing research designs and conducting needs assessment and program evaluations. Her interests include institutional change, educational policy, organizational behaviour, social policy, social justice, child welfare, diversity, gender, and multiculturalism.
Ding Lu, Ph.D.
Ding Lu obtained his Ph.D. from Northwestern University (1991). His research interests include economic and cost-benefit analysis, economic development and international economics. He has published several books and dozens of peer-reviewed papers.
Mary Lee Stephenson, Ph.D.
Mary Lee Stephenson completed her doctorate at the University of British Columbia (1975) and has conducted over 225 evaluations across a broad range of agencies, public and private sectors. She is an active educator/trainer in evaluation, both academically and in a community-based context.
Terry Waterhouse Ed.D.
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Terry Waterhouse obtained his Ed.D. from Simon Fraser University (2007). His areas of interest include research, policy and program development related to children and juveniles involved in the criminal justice system, especially in developing and post conflict states. In addition, he has done significant research and program development to address school violence.
Anita van Wyk, Ph.D.
Department of Social, Cultural and Media Studies
Anita van Wyck completed her D. Phil at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (1999). Her experience includes teaching and research in the areas of development planning, gender and development and project evaluation.
Katherine A. Watson, Ph.D.
Department of Social, Cultural and Media Studies
Katherine Watson received her Ph.D. from McMaster University (2003). Her areas of interest include sociology of education, research methodology, and community research. Her current projects include a study on professional identity formation among student teachers, and a community research project on quality of life.
Robert N. LeBlanc, MBA
Robert LeBlanc is a fully trilingual senior executive with extensive experience in the private, public and institutional sectors. In addition to his experience in Canadian regulatory contexts and in agri-business strategic assessments, he is recognized for his expertise in programme evaluation, policy research, the design of analytical and evaluative research methodologies in both fixed and flexible design approaches, the design and implementation of results-based management approaches (RBM) to public processes; and, the conduct of meta evaluations.
How do I apply?
All applicants must:
- 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).
- have acquired professional experience in the public or civil society sectors.
- have successfully completed an undergraduate course in research methodology or agree to complete such a course prior to enrolling in the program.
- be able to provide 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).
- submit a resume.
- attend an interview or orientation session, if required.
When to apply
Deadline to apply for the January 2012 program is January 20.
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
Submit an application package to the UFV Admissions office that includes the following:
- $75 application fee along with your UFV Graduate Studies Admission form. Application forms are available from any UFV Admissions or Student Services office. You can also print an application form from our website at www.ufv.ca/ar.
- A resume.
- Official sealed transcripts (or interim transcripts) requested from every post-secondary institution you have attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. These must be sent directly from the institution to the UFV Admissions office at 33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC CANADA V2S 7M8.
- Three letters of reference. Please use the forms provided in the application package. Have the letters completed, sealed, signed, and returned with your application package.
You will be advised of an admission decision and provided with registration information. A deposit is required when you register (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.
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.
Fees and additional costs
See the Fees and Other Costs section of the UFV calendar. For 2010-2011 graduate fees have been set at 509.23 per credit. There will be additional costs for textbooks.
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. Contact Dr. Ding Lu, Chair, Program Committee for further information.
Course withdrawal deadlines
Course withdrawal deadlines follow university policy. Please see General Regulations for Graduate Studies in the UFV Calendar
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. Failure to meet the minimum GPA will be considered by the Graduate committee as required under Policy 340.03 — Academic Warning.
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 (see page XX).
Candidates who qualify to receive a UFV graduate certificate must be approved by the UFV School of Graduate Studies and the UFV Senate. Students must submit a Request for Graduation form to the UFV Admissions and Records office by April 1.