Courses

EVAL 6000: Foundations of Evaluation

This course, the core of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation, is designed to provide an overview of both past and contemporary perspectives on evaluation theory, method, and practice. Topics include, but are not limited to, fundamental evaluation concepts and definitions, the general and working logic of evaluation, distinctions between evaluation and applied social science research, and evaluation-specific methods.

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EMR 6550: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs

With an emphasis on causal inference and various types of validity, this course consists of systematically studying the principles for designing experimental, quasi-experimental and, to a lesser extent, nonexperimental investigations for applied research and evaluation. Students also will be introduced design sensitivity/statistical power for individual-level and group-level studies.

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EVAL 6970: Cost Analysis for Evaluation

This course is an advanced graduate seminar designed to provide an overview of cost analysis in evaluation, including concepts and definitions, analytical frameworks, measurement of cost, placing monetary value on program ingredients, analyzing costs, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and cost-utility analysis.

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EVAL 6970: Meta-Analysis

This course is an advanced graduate seminar designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary to conduct basic research syntheses and meta-analyses. Topics covered include computing effect sizes and confidence intervals, converting among effect sizes, factors that affect precision, fixed-effect and random-effects models, heterogeneity, prediction intervals, subgroup analyses, publication bias, and psychometric meta-analysis.

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EVAL 6970: Research on Evaluation

Historically, research on evaluation was frequently conducted, carving and shaping practice to emphasize among other topics, use and quality. However, several decades of stagnate efforts to conduct research on evaluation has limited evaluation innovation. Only in recent years have attempts to define and encourage more research on evaluation sparked new efforts. This course is intended to develop students’ awareness of the research on evaluation landscape and to identify and plan opportunities for contributing to it.

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EVAL 6010: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Evaluation

This seminar is a forum for the integration of core evaluation concepts across the program, developing an understanding of evaluation as a profession, and for exchange of ideas among evaluation students, faculty, and industry representatives from multiple disciplines. Topics vary each semester.

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EMR 6500: Survey Research

This course is an advanced graduate seminar covering the principles and practice of survey research design for internet, mail, and mixed-mode surveys. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on reducing coverage, sampling, nonresponse, and measurement errors. Also covered in the course are probability sampling methods, including simple random sampling, stratified random sampling, systematic sampling, cluster sampling, and two-stage cluster sampling for means, proportions, and totals.

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EMR 6400: Foundations of Evaluation, Measurement, and Research

This course is an advanced graduate seminar designed to develop skills in the fundamentals of research design and the uses and interpretations of research findings. In the course, students will be introduced to many of the essential components necessary to execute and evaluate research in the social and behavioral sciences.

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EVAL 7100: Independent Research

EVAL 7110: Readings in Doctoral Specialization

EVAL 7120: Professional Field Experience

EVAL 7300: Doctoral Dissertation

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