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This subject examines the diverse purposes health program evaluations can serve and the wide range of environments in which health program evaluations are conducted. Using Australian and overseas evaluation examples, students gain an overview of conceptual and methodological issues in the key evaluation approaches. The three major stages in the conduct of an evaluation are covered: planning and negotiating the terms and design of the evaluation; data collection and analysis; and the provision of findings. Each stage is considered through example and critique of those examples, with opportunities to apply these skills in the development of an evaluation plan for a real, work-based program.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students will have:
- An advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of health program evaluation
- Ability to apply key evaluation concepts in the design and conduct of health program evaluations at an advanced level
- Ability to apply the skills of negotiating the terms and design of an evaluation, data collection and analysis and the provision of evaluative findings to stakeholders at an advanced level
- Ability to critically review evaluation plans
- Ability to apply the elements of small scale program evaluation planning to real situations at an advanced level
- An understanding of the limitations of program evaluation in knowledge building and decision-making at an advanced level.
Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:
- Critical thinking and analysis,
- Initiative, autonomy and organization,
- Finding, evaluating and using relevant information,
- Written communication,
Last updated: 9 October 2020