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Outcomes Focused Program Evaluation

Program evaluation is a valuable tool for strengthening the quality of programs and improving outcomes.

About this course

Program evaluation is a valuable tool for strengthening the quality of programs and improving outcomes. Evaluation provides an opportunity for critical, strategic thinking through collecting and analysing information about a program's activities, characteristics and outcomes. It allows you to assess the effectiveness of your program and improve future services.

This evaluation course is designed to provide you with the applied knowledge and skills required to develop evaluation frameworks for a variety of purposes within your workplace. This course is highly participative and interactive allowing you to apply learning through two programs. Using the Program Logic model, you will apply evaluative practice and thinking, and learn how to analyse the assumptions and values underpinning the expectations of the program outcomes. 

You will also determine the appropriate evaluative approach for the purpose of tracking progress, making judgments and decisions, building understanding, improving effectiveness and using evidence in program design and reporting. In this evaluations course you will also draw on your own work case studies connected to organisational strategic goals to build your own learning and capacity.

Course structure

In this evaluations course you will cover the following content:

  • Introduction to evaluation and evaluative thinking
  • Skills of evaluation
  • Building an evaluation culture
  • Strategic alignment
  • Evaluation Design
  • The practice of evaluation
  • Applying the tools to case studies.


Learning outcomes

At the completion of this evaluations course you will understand the context and benefits of evaluation and be able to develop evaluation frameworks for a variety of purposes within their work.


Delivery style

This evaluation course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.


In-house Training Solutions

This evaluation course can also be customised and delivered in-house. Find out more.

COVID-19 information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via Zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

This evaluations course is suitable for managers and technical officers charged with implementing and evaluating programs.



29 April




2 days

Book a session

Thu 29 Apr 2021 -
Fri 30 Apr 2021
  • UTS – Venue TBC
  • On-campus
  • 2 sessions, 14 hours total
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