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Evaluation course online: data sources and methods (online)

Improve quality and ensure the success of your programs with this evaluation course online. This online course will explore a variety of sources and methods for collecting data to inform your evaluation.

About this course

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 evidence about a program's activities and outcomes to both understand its effectiveness, and to improve and inform future program services. This evaluation course will cover a range of both quantitative and qualitative methods for collecting evaluation data.

In this evaluation course you will learn when to apply a range of data collection methods to support evaluation. This course will consist of six online modules that will be facilitated by our presenters through an interactive live video link, with each module 60 minutes in duration (6 hours in total). This is the third course in our evaluation online series which includes:

  1. Evaluation Course Online: Getting Started
  2. Evaluation Course Online: Evaluation Design
  3. Evaluation Course Online: Data Sources and Methods (this course)
  4. Evaluation Course Online: Organising and Analysing Data
  5. Evaluation Course Online: Reporting for Impact

Course structure

This evaluation course online provides participants with applied knowledge and skills to evaluate programs and projects within their work. Lead by two academic practitioners who have extensive experiences conducting evaluations, you'll be taught by the experts in the field. These live online zoom modules will allow for real-time interaction between the presenters and participants, encouraging deep discussion and analysis of the course content. The modules that make up this online course will cover the following topics:

  • Analysing administrative data.
  • Designing and running focus groups and interviews.
  • Creative facilitation techniques for focus groups.
  • Undertaking a survey (a) sampling.
  • Undertaking a survey (b) questionnaire design.
  • Reviewing literature and other documents.

 

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this evaluation course online you will:

  • Understand the role that quantitative and qualitative data play in evaluation.
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of various data collection methods.
  • Choose from among the variety of methods for data collection.
  • Understand potential ethical issues with the choice of methods.

 

Delivery style

This evaluation course online will be facilitated through an interactive live video link. Registered participants will be able to connect to the video link using Zoom (available free) and a reliable internet connection is required. Video connection details will be made available to each participant prior to the course via Canvas, the UTS Learning Management System (LMS). Course materials, presentations and/or readings will also be made available to participants within Canvas LMS.

Each module from within this online course will follow a common learning path that will involve:

  1. Some minor preparatory work to get participants thinking about the topic prior to the module.
  2. Clarifying specific learning objectives for the module.
  3. Introduction of key concepts, frameworks, terminology.
  4. ‘Deconstruction’ of a worked example.
  5. Extension of key concepts to discuss challenges and risks and other applications.
  6. Online interactive discussion to help participants apply knowledge to their own evaluation context.
  7. Short summary of main principles/skills/concepts.
  8. Direction to other useful resources and tools.

 

Course prerequisites

This online evaluation course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public. This course is the third in the evaluation online course series and builds on the content covered in earlier courses. Participants are not required to complete all the courses within the series although it is the suggested learning pathway.

  1. Evaluation Course Online: Getting Started
  2.  Evaluation Course Online: Evaluation Design
  3. Evaluation Course Online: Data sources and Methods (this course)
  4. Evaluation Course Online: Organising and Analysing Data
  5. Evaluation Course Online: Reporting for Impact

 

In-house training solutions

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

Who is this course for?

This evaluations course online is designed for professionals seeking to develop their understanding of evaluation. This online course is also suitable to professionals who have to conduct evaluations as well those who need to manage or commission an evaluation, such as Evaluation officers, Research officers or Policy officers.

If you are new to evaluation, you might be interested in our Evaluation Course Online: Getting Started which will introduce you to evaluative thinking and practices.

$485.00

START DATE

13 July

MODE

Online

DURATION

6 hrs

Meet the Expert

George Argyrous

George Argyrous
Manager, Research and Evaluation, IPPG

Dr. George Argyrous is the Research and Evaluation Manager at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG) and was formerly ANZSOG Senior Lecturer in Evidence-Based Decision-Making and director of the Evidence and Evaluation Hub. He is an expert in the application of statistics and research methods to social, economic and evaluation research, and the macroeconomics of government spending. George has managed and taught a number of research methods, statistics and evaluation training courses for public sector agencies, including the Australian Broadcasting Authority, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. He has also worked as a consultant to many public and private sector agencies on a range of research projects and evaluations. This includes: the Health Education Training Institute, Urbis, the NSW Police Service, LegalAid NSW, Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Optus Communications, NSW Department of Education, and the Australian Council for the Arts

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Duncan Rintoul

Duncan Rintoul
Director, Rooftop Social

Duncan is an Associate of IPPG and Director of Rooftop Social, a research and evaluation firm that specialises in facilitation and capacity building. Duncan has close to 20 years’ consulting experience across a broad range of policy areas, including education, justice, human services, health and urban affairs. He works with a diverse mix of government agencies and NGOs and teaches in executive education programs for the Australian Evaluation Society (AES) and the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS). Between 2015-19, Duncan initiated and led a major evaluation capacity building project in the NSW Department of Education.

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Book a session

Mon 13 Jul 2020 -
Mon 17 Aug 2020
Expert: George Argyrous, Duncan Rintoul
  • Online
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  • 6 sessions, 6 hours total
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