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Course Description

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An advanced seminar dealing with the theory and practice of program evaluation focusing on public sector programs in agriculture and rural development, international and domestic case studies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss the theory of evaluation
  • Select a general evaluation system and set of methodologies applicable to any program or project in an international or Canadian setting
  • Discuss the approaches to evaluation used by some major international development agencies
  • Gain basic skills necessary to design an evaluation plan for a typical rural development project.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Evaluation
  • Evaluation Terms of Reference (TOR)
  • Evaluation Models or Styles
  • Underlying Principles of “Logic Modelling”
  • Illustration of Results Based Program Logic Model
  • Evaluation Design and Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Mixed Research Methods
  • Evaluation Matrix
  • Evaluation Plan 


Assessment Item Weight
Introducing a Project/Program of Your Choice (required) non graded
Individual Assignment 1 - Evaluation TOR 25%
Individual Assignment 2 - PLM 25%
Individual Assignment 3 - Final Paper:  The Evaluation Plan 35%
Participation in Community Discussion Forum 15%
Total 100%


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