Fall 2023 - CRIM 865 G100

Research Methods VI: The Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation (3)

Class Number: 6016

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 860 or permission of instructor.



Topics, issues and techniques in program evaluation within criminological research. The specific subject matter will vary according to instructor interests and specialization. Specific areas of concentration may include: needs assessment, program theory, logic models, process evaluation design and implementation, outcome evaluation design and implementation, and cost-benefit analysis.


This applied course focuses on the theory and practice of designing evaluations for programs targeting delinquency, criminality, and antisocial behaviour. How can we be confident that programs are ‘working’ and that resources are being used effectively? Students in this course will learn how to carefully design process and impact evaluations, with attention paid to the differences between theory and practice and the challenges of working with different types of stakeholders. Case studies will be used to highlight real-world examples of program evaluation.


  • Class Participation 10%
  • Homework and paper critiques 25%
  • Program evaluation proposal briefing presentation 10%
  • Program evaluation proposal 55%



Rossi, P. H., Lipsey, M. W., & Henry, G. T. (2019). Evaluation: A Systematic Approach. (8th Ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 9781506307886

ISBN: 9781506307886


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