Evaluation & Assessment Methods

Graduate Certificate

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Program Overview

Measure the Difference a Program Makes. Become a strategic decision-maker with a programmatic approach to drive change that works.

Supplement your education with this graduate certificate - ideal for someone who works in the nonprofit or public sector, and regularly needs to determine and communicate the value of their organization’s work. The Evaluation and Assessment Methods Graduate Certificate program teaches students advanced evaluation skills for strategic decision-making.

Students learn the principles and gain the experience necessary to develop effective evaluation and assessment plans across a range of industries, including public health, education, environmental sustainability, technology and nonprofit initiatives. Through courses that focus on evaluation design, project management, and data collection and analysis, students learn how to use established and emerging methods to gather information required for programmatic decision-making.

What You'll Learn

Students will learn to collect, analyze and evaluate data in fresh ways to create programmatic changes within an organization or relating to a policy initiative. You'll hone your skills in:

  • Data Analysis and Collection
  • Evaluation Design and Assessment Methods
  • Advanced Communication and Grant Writing Skills

Program Highlights

What our students have to say

"The most useful aspect of the program for me has been the intimate class setting in the EAM program that has allowed for rich discussion in a variety of evaluation and assessment topics." - Greg Heinrich, Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Assessment Methods

Level-up your career

Students in the Evaluation and Assessment Methods Graduate Certificate program enter from a range of backgrounds. They often have some level of experience but need formal education in the principles of evaluation, data collection and analysis, and/or program management. Popular electives include project management and grant writing.

Start with a graduate certificate, move on to a master's

Students within the graduate certificate in evaluation and assessment methods program can also apply to continue on to one of our four master's degree options:

  • Master of Science in Data Analysis and Communication
  • Master of Arts in Social Innovation
  • Master of Science in Technology Leadership and Management
  • Master of Arts in Writing and Digital Communication

Meet the Faculty

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Carlee A. Bishop

Director of Technology Leadership and Management, Professor of Physics/Chair Physics and Astronomy

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Wendy Kallina

Director of Data Analysis and Communication, Director of Data Visualization, and Director of Evaluation and Assessment Methods

Careers in Evaluation & Assessment Methods

With the increased use of data, market research, and program evaluation across many industries, opportunities that rely on evaluation and assessment skills are in demand.

Graduates with an evaluation and assessment graduate certificate often work in areas such as social services, public health, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or private organizations looking to improve their efficiency, to name a few.

  • Market Research or Policy Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Program Evaluator
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Corporate Consultant
  • Director/ VP, Strategic Planning

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