Evaluation and Evidence-based Practice
There is an increasing emphasis on evidence-based programs and practice in family and community services. This course addresses this growing field in a way that recognises the importance of research, practitioner wisdom, and the lived experience of families. Drawing on real-world examples, you will enhance your understanding, analysis and application of program planning, monitoring and evaluation. By analysing and applying good program design, you will be able to use data as a helpful and effective tool to improve practice and outcomes for families. In the course you will create a program logic and an evaluation plan, identifying appropriate strategies for program planning and evaluation.
- Trimester 2 - 2016
- Trimester 2 - 2017
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Describe and critique evidence-based programs and practice in working with families and communities.
2. Analyse the links between program activities, outputs and outcomes.
3. Construct and justify a convincing program plan or program logic.
4. Identify, compare and select methods, tools and strategies for monitoring and evaluating programs.
5. Apply advanced knowledge of program planning and evaluation to a specific case or context.
- Evidence-based programs and practice
- Program design and program logic
- Case studies and examples of evidence-based program design and evaluation
- Program planning, monitoring and evaluating in family and community services
- Evaluation and measurement strategies and tools
- Data selection, collection and analysis methods
- Monitoring, evaluation and reporting to improve practice and program delivery
Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline or equivalent professional experience in the field.
Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity
Quiz: Written Assignment
Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study
Proposal / Plan: Plan
Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term