Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Trimester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline or equivalent professional experience in the field.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity

Quiz: Written Assignment

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Proposal / Plan: Plan

Contact hours

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term