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Program Evaluation

Course Code: SOSC 4301
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Social Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides an intensive introduction to organizational, methodological and professional issues involved in evaluating programs and measuring performance in organizations. It offers a practical understanding of the alternative approaches to program evaluation including expertise and consumer oriented approaches, program oriented approaches, decision oriented approaches and participant oriented approaches. Students are introduced to methods for planning, conducting and reporting on evaluations using both quantitative and qualitative data. As part of the course, students participate in a service learning activity involving a program evaluation conducted by an organization.

Course Content

The topics covered may include:

  1. Program Evaluation - Basic Purposes, Uses, and Conceptual Distinctions
  2. Origins and Current Trends in Modern Program Evaluation
  3. Political, Interpersonal, and Ethical Issues in Evaluation
  4. Alternative Views Of Evaluation
  5. Expertise and Consumer-Oriented Approaches
  6. Program-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
  7. Decision-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
  8. Participant-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
  9. A Comparative Analysis of Approaches
  10. Organizational Evaluation Competence and Capacity Building
  11. Clarifying the Evaluation Request and Responsibilities
  12. Setting Boundaries and Analyzing the Evaluation Context with Stakeholders
  13. Identifying and Selecting the Evaluation Questions and Criteria
  14. Planning How to Conduct the Evaluation
  15. Collecting Evaluative Information: Design, Sampling, Time and Cost Choices
  16. Collecting Evaluative Information: Data Sources and Methods, Analysis and Interpretation
  17. Reporting Evaluation Results: Maximizing Use and Understanding
  18. Evaluating the Program Evaluation

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Case Studies and Problem Based Learning
  • Group Discussion
  • Lab
  • Service Learning

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will include some of the following: quizzes, multiple choice exams, shot answer type exams, term report, presentation, program evaluation proposal, research paper. The instructor will provide the students with a course outline listing the criteria for course evaluation.

An example of one evaluation scheme:

2 quizzes - multiple choice and short answer      40%
Program evaluation proposal and plan  20%
Program evaluation report  25%
Presentation  15%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the range of approaches to program evaluation.
  2. Identify and discuss the political, interpersonal and ethical issues of program evaluation
  3. Plan and design an effective program evaluation using a mixed methods approach
  4. Contribute effectively to a program evaluation being undertaken by an organization
  5. Evaluate a program evaluation and assess its probable impact on organizational practice
  6. Present an account of a program evaluation and its results

course prerequisites

PSYC 2301, or one of the following courses in research methods: CRIM 2254, ANTH 2193, SOCI 2260, HIMP 2430, THRT 3710, MARK 3441, CYCC 4423, NURS 4130, PNUR 4575 or other approved equivalent course.


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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