Evaluating Engagement

We may have an instinct that it’s important to engage with stakeholders on a given issue, but how do we demonstrate that what we're doing is ‘working’? How do we know we’ve chosen the right tools, and that we’re engaging the right people? How do we know we’re even asking the right questions, or if we’re making an impact?

Based on the premise that evaluation should always be useful, this course includes primers on key evaluation concepts such as typical evaluation approaches, theory of change models, and how to develop an evaluation plan. Above all, it will teach you how to employ evaluative thinking as a learning strategy, in order to strengthen your work and achieve greater impact.

You will have the opportunity to apply course material to your own work. We encourage you to have in mind an engagement project you’d like to evaluate to work on, or you may use a provided case study.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Kylie Hutchinson $375.00 12 Register

Course schedule: This course is offered via online-supported delivery.
• Access opens one week before the first date listed for pre-readings and assignments.
• Virtual classes from 10 am to 12 pm PT.
• Final assignment due one week after last date listed. 

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Explain the role of evaluation in civic engagement programs
  • Choose an appropriate evaluation approach
  • Develop an evaluation plan
  • Select appropriate data-collection methods
  • Plan to communicate evaluation findings

How will I learn?

  • Pre-readings and assignment
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions and exercises
  • Recommended reading

Who should take this course?

This course is open to anyone who would like to learn more about evaluating a participatory or civic engagement process. We strongly recommend some background understanding of dialogue and civic engagement.

How will I be evaluated?

We will evaluate you based on your class participation and assignments.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered through the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform (within Canvas). You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here.

You can find more information on online-supported learning on our About Online Learning page. 

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