This Certificate is awarded after the completion of a prescribed set of courses designed to increase one’s understanding of the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to produce valid and useable evaluations. The Certificate in Evaluation Practice (CEP) is intended for evaluators who are seeking a course of study that concentrates on exposure across the fundamentals of evaluation practice. The CEP 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; and, for individuals who are approaching evaluation practice as a new endeavor. This Certificate serves as the first prerequisite for the Master Evaluator Certificate. The CEP requirements include 30 days of instruction. Fifteen days are to be selected from a group of required courses, and the remaining fifteen days are selected from among two groups of elective courses (Design & Analysis and Evaluation Practice & Inquiry).

Required: 15 days of instruction required in evaluation foundation 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)


Design & Analysis – 9 days selected from the following topic areas:


  • Case Studies in Evaluation (2 days)
  • Design & Administration of Internet, Mail & Mixed-Mode Surveys (2 days)
  • Sampling (1 day)
  • Using Program Theory and Logic Models (2 days)
  • Utilization-Focused Evaluation (1 day)


  • 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 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 Non-profit Environments (1 day)