The Certificate in Evaluation Practice (CEP) offers participants a breadth of understanding of the knowledge and skills that are frequently needed for evaluations.

The CEP is intended for evaluators who are seeking a course of study that exposes them to the fundamentals of evaluation practice.

This certificate is designed:

  • for evaluation professionals who do not have substantive formal training in evaluation
  • for those who wish to brush up on recent developments
  • for those who are seeking a systematic understanding of evaluation practice
  • for individuals who are approaching evaluation practice as a new endeavor

This Certificate also serves as the first prerequisite for the Master Evaluator Certificate.

CEP Requirements: The CEP is awarded after the completion of 30 days of instruction from a prescribed set of courses. 15 days are to be selected from a group of required courses, and the remaining 15 days are selected from among two groups of elective courses (Design & Analysis and Evaluation Practice & Inquiry).

Required Courses

Evaluation Foundations

15 days of instruction in Evaluation Foundations courses:

  • Applied Measurement for Evaluation (2-3 days)
  • Basics of Program Evaluation (3 days)
  • Ethics in Practice: A Global Perspective (International perspective) (1 day)
  • Evaluation Research Methods: A Survey of Quantitative & Qualitative Approaches (3 days)
  • Informing Practice Using Evaluation Models and Theories (3 days)
  • M&E: Frameworks and Fundamentals (2 days)
  • Professional Standards and Principles for Ethical Evaluation Practice (1-2 days)
    • (Formerly: Professional Standards and Principles for Evaluation Practice)
  • Project Management & Oversight for Evaluators (2 days)
  • Working with Evaluation Stakeholders (2 days)

Electives

Design & Analysis

9 days of instruction selected from the following topic areas:

Design

  • Case Studies in Evaluation (2 days)
  • Conducting Successful Evaluation Surveys (2 days)
  • Sampling (1 day)
  • Using Program Theory and Logic Models (2 days)
  • Utilization-Focused Evaluation (1 day)

Analysis

  • Applied Regression Analysis (3 days)
  • Applied Statistics for Evaluation (4-5 days)
  • Comparative Effectiveness (1 day)
  • Introduction to Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (2 days)
  • Linking Evaluation Questions to Analysis Techniques (3 days)
  • Making Evaluation Data Actionable (2 days)
  • Mixed-Method Evaluations: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (2 days)
  • Needs Assessment (1-2 days)
  • Qualitative Data Analysis (2 days)
  • Qualitative Evaluation Methods (2 days)

Evaluation Practice & Inquiry

6 days of instruction selected from the following topic areas:

  • Culture and Evaluation (1 day)
  • Designing, Managing & Analyzing Multi-site Evaluations (2 days)
  • Effective Reporting Strategies for Evaluators (1 day)
  • Evaluability Assessment (2 days)
  • Evaluating Training Programs (2 days)
  • How to Build a Successful Evaluation Consulting Practice (1 day)
  • Policy Analysis, Implementation and Evaluation (2 days)
  • Policy Evaluation and Analysis (2 days)
  • Strategy Mapping (2 days)
  • Using Program Evaluation in Nonprofit Environments (1 day)
  • Presenting Data Effectively (2 days)
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