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 program evaluation and assessment plans across a range of industries, including public health, education, environmental sustainability, technology and nonprofit initiatives.

Through online and hybrid 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.

Program evaluation and assessment students earning their graduate certificate in class.

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.

Program Delivery Format: Online and Hybrid

Tailor your learning experience to meet your needs. Complete our Evaluation and Assessment graduate certificate program either fully online or as a blend of online, hybrid or in-person instruction.

After just 5-classes, completed in as little as 12-months, you can earn your graduate certificate in evaluation and assessment methods.

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Meet the Faculty

Carlee Bishop

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

Chinyere Nwamuo

Chinyere Nwamuo GC'19

An Inside Look

Learn about how Chinyere Nwamuo GC'19 gained an increased interest in evaluation and assessment in her career trajectory to evaluate her current public health programs through this program.

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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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