EXAMPLES: Course Objectives, Assessments, Outlines
By the completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Develop program objectives based on findings from a needs assessment.
- Demonstrate the use of a logic model as a tool for linking the phases in the program development and program evaluation process.
- Describe the uses for program evaluation, including examples of front-end, formative, and summative uses.
- Compare and contrast selected approaches to program evaluation.
- Explain the steps in the program evaluation process.
- Develop an evaluation plan for an existing environmental education program.
- Select appropriate evaluation tools to use in response to specific evaluation questions.
- Conduct the data collection, analysis, and synthesis portions of the evaluation process for an existing environmental education program.
- Objectives 3, 4, 5 will be assessed through a written exam (essay format).
- Objectives 1, 2, 6 will be assessed by having students develop a proposal in response to the EPA’s Office of Environmental Education annual grant solicitation notice, which includes the development of program objectives based on needs assessment information, the creation of a logic model to describe the program they are proposing, and the development of an evaluation plan reflecting the program’s logic model (students’ proposals will be scored using a rubric that will be provided in advance to students, along with a sample proposal).
- Objectives 6, 7, 8 will be assessed through a class project, which involves an evaluation of an existing environmental education program, where students collectively work together to respond to the stakeholders’ evaluation questions by developing and carrying out a program evaluation (a performance-based rubric, provided in advance, will be used to assess students’ individual contribution to the group effort and their written reflections on what they learned through this class project).
- The Program Development Process: phases; tools for linking program development and evaluation
- Program Development Considerations: organizational mission and goals; stakeholder participation; characteristics of quality environmental education programs; needs assessments; developing program objectives
- Program Evaluation: purposes and benefits; evaluation models; guiding principles and standards and IRB’s role; steps in the evaluation process; focusing an evaluation
- Developing an Evaluation Plan: evaluation questions; sources of information; methods and tools; sampling and design
- Overview of Class Project/Introduction to Program to Be Evaluated
- Selecting and Developing Data Collection Tools
- Administering Tools/Data Collection
- Data Analysis and Synthesis
- Reporting and Using Evaluation Information (presentation to Program that was evaluated)
- Application of Theory and Techniques to the Development of a Program Proposal (putting it all together; linking program development and evaluation).