COPHP Evaluation block occurs over a four week period during the second year of the program. It builds on a case that focuses on designing an evaluation for an outside client. The evaluation requirements are detailed early on in the case, and the class subsequently meets with the client to clarify questions about the evaluation and understand constraints on the process. Students then design the evaluation, write a report on the evaluation plan, and present the plan to the client at the end of the course. The case covers evaluation theory in the first two days, and the course focuses on applying to the design process both evaluation theory and quantitative design skills covered previously in the quantitative methods block (epidemiology and biostatistics). The block emphasizes the important skills of interacting with clients and eliciting and clarifying evaluation requirements.
Keywords: Barriers, Data, Evaluation, Evaluation design, Evaluation theory, Evaluator, Logical framework, Policy, Program theory, Variables.