This Certificate in Analytic Evaluation Methods (CAEM) is awarded for completion of thirty days of coursework designed to help evaluators become more proficient in the use of a variety of designs and analytic approaches that are appropriate for use in evaluation studies. The CAEM is intended for evaluators seeking to further their knowledge, understanding, and expertise in the area of quantitative and/or qualitative methods applied to the investigation and explanation of outcomes, impacts, effectiveness, and efficiency of programs, innovations and interventions.

We recognize the need for practicing evaluators to have knowledge of both methodological approaches. Candidates for the CAEM may choose from courses focusing on quantitative and qualitative evaluation approaches; however, at least four hours of instruction must be completed from courses identified as qualitative and at least four hours of instruction must be completed from courses identified as quantitative. The importance for professional evaluators to have a working knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative analytic approaches led to the revision of the CQEM (Certificate of Quantitative Evaluation Methods). The former CQEM is no longer offered.
Completion of the first-level Certificate in Evaluation Practice (CEP) before beginning the CAEM is strongly recommended, but is not mandatory. Two courses for the CEP are required for the completion of the CAEM.

There is overlap in terms of the elective courses that satisfy the CEP, CAEP and the CAEM. Many CAEM candidates partially fulfill the CAEM requirements by completing the CEP and CAEP. Courses marked “*” are courses that satisfy the CEP. Courses marked “+” are courses that satisfy the CAEP.

Required Courses:

  • Basics of Program Evaluation (3 days)
  • Evaluation Research Methods (3 days)

Elective Courses

Quantitative Focus

  • Applied Measurement for Evaluation (2/3 days)* +
  • Applied Regression Analysis (3 days)* +
  • Applied Statistics for Evaluation (4/5 days)* +
  • Comparative Effectiveness (1 day)*+
  • Hierarchical Linear Modeling (1 day) +
  • Intermediate Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (1 day) +
  • Linking Evaluation Questions to Analysis Techniques (3 days)* +
  • Practical Meta-Analysis: Summarizing Results across Studies (2 days)* +

Qualitative Focus

  • Case Studies in Evaluation (2 days)*+
  • Intermediate Qualitative Analysis (2 days) +
  • Qualitative Data Analysis (2 days)* +
  • Qualitative Evaluation Methods (2 days)* +
  • Using Program Theory and Logic Models (2 days)* +

Qualitative-Quantitative Applications

  • Making Evaluation Data Actionable (2 days)* +
  • Mixed Method Evaluation Approaches (2 days) +
  • Sampling (1 day)* +
  • Outcome and Impact Assessment (3 days) +

Design & Method

  • Design & Administration of Internet, Mail & Mixed-Mode Surveys (2 days)* +
  • Evaluating Training Programs (2 days)* +
  • Needs Assessment (1/2 days)*
  • Presenting Data Effectively (2 days)*
  • Using Non-experimental Designs for Impact Evaluation (2 days)*


Courses required for the completion of the Certificate of Evaluation Practice (CEP), also satisfy requirements for the Certificate in Analytic Evaluation Methods (CAEM). Many of the CAEM courses also satisfy the requirements for the CEP and CAEP Certificates (marked  * & +).