Description: This course will provide students with an understanding of the principles of program evaluation with an emphasis on global nutrition programs. The course will create a space for discussion and practice in which knowledge can be applied to current global nutrition issues through research and critical analysis.
Course Goals: By the end of this course students are expected to be able to:
1) identify key principles related to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of global nutrition interventions;
2) apply and synthesize these principles to develop a global nutrition intervention as well as a comprehensive, field-ready monitoring and evaluation plan;
3) formulate evaluation research questions based on a review of scientific literature;
4) develop an analysis plan for and analyze data from a publicly available global nutrition data set;
5) analyze evaluation research results published in a peer-reviewed document through the critical application of evidence-based evaluation principles;
6) communicate project narratives and research findings clearly, concisely and confidently in oral presentations to a group of peers in a professional setting;
7) lead and collaborate effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team;
8) communicate in a professional manner with a "client" organization and identify how evaluation data would serve their needs;
9) conduct key informant interviews with stakeholders from a "client" organization;
10) engage in respectful classroom and online discussions with peers using scientific evidence to communicate and support diverse viewpoints.
Competencies: Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired experience in the following competencies:
1) understand key concepts and programs across the landscape of current global nutrition issues and interventions (aligned with Certificate in Global Health: Competency #1);
2) develop an appropriate global nutrition intervention and a plan for the monitoring and evaluation of the intervention (aligned with Certificate in Global Health: Competency #5);
3) apply epidemiological principles to the analysis of a quantitative data set in the public domain (aligned with Certificate in Global Health: Competency #3);
4) analyze and critically evaluate research results for making evidence-based policy recommendations;
5) communicate clearly and effectively in a professional setting of peers;
6) engage in respectful dialogue and collaborative teamwork with those of differing viewpoints and backgrounds.