I’ll be teaching an evaluation course in the fall, and I’d love to get everyone’s perspective on what their top tip or resource is for teaching evaluation (whether you’re a teacher, professional in the field, or student).
The course introduces evaluation to students, goes over evaluation theory through the evaluation theory tree, and has students design an evaluation proposal, which they implement in the spring semester.
Some of the current resources I’ll be assigning to read are:
- Fitzpatrick, textbook
- Evaluation Roots book, along with other resources to supplement talking about various theories/theorists
- AEA Competencies, Guiding Principles, Cultural Competency statement
- APA Ethics and JCSEE Program Evaluation Standards
- CDC Framework
- Various journal articles and white papers (limited)
Some of the activities and assignments I have planned (beyond designing an evaluation with a client):
- Evaluation cookie exercise at the beginning, plus others from Preskill & Russ-Eft’s book
- How to create a logic model, budget, timeline, etc.
- Theorist/theory series: (a) respond to an “RFP” as that theorist or with that theory in mind, (b) create a handout for fellow students on that theorist/theory, © compare/contrast activity in class to see where the theorist/theory stands on a variety of topics in evaluation
I’d love others’ perspectives on what you have liked in the past or would recommend!