The course is delivered over three-days:
Course participants explore the definition of evaluation, and discuss the purpose and process of ‘valuing’ a health program, service or initiative. The different forms of evaluation are presented and discussed in relation to participants’ experiences in evaluation. Program logic is introduced, and participants provided with examples of logic diagrams that extend beyond the typical minimal ‘template’ model, demonstrating the different levels of use of logic diagrams. The relevance of program logic diagrams to evaluation and consequently program planning, design, and re-design is illustrated through demonstration and group activity.
Course participants explore the importance of evaluation utilisation and what strategies can be undertaken to promote the use of evaluations during evaluation planning, implementation and reporting (e.g. stakeholder negotiation and consultation structures and processes). Participants explore evaluation questions and focus on the range of process and outcome associated questions. Indicator development is explored and participants are given the opportunity to consider the range of issues concerning the selection of outcomes for measurement. Activities throughout the day aim to provide participants with hands on experience with opportunities to apply the key concepts and lessons to a range of health programs or service arrangements. The key steps and considerations required to develop an evaluation plan are presented and participants explore some of the key issues for each.
Students self-select a project to work on in groups or on their own (with assistance from the facilitator). Participants can bring projects from their workplace. Groups develop a program logic and evaluation plan for the selected program/service over the course of the day with assistance from Helen Jordan. Groups report back and share the day’s work and key lessons. Participants then explore through discussion ways in which they can build or utilize existing resources and structures to practise and further develop the evaluation planning and implementation skills developed throughout the course.
Dr Helen Jordan
Helen Jordan PhD, BSc(Hons), GDEpi&Biostat, and DipEd, is a public health educator and researcher who specialises in public health planning, health program evaluation and health policy (including evidence informed policy, policy making theories and frameworks and comparative health system analysis) and has a particular interest in the application of systems thinking within these fields. Her area of expertise is in the use of program logic as a tool to express the results of systems dynamic modelling and other systems thinking approaches at the program level, and to use these approaches to facilitate the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of innovative population health programs.