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 Foundations (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 day)
    • (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 of instruction selected from the following topic areas:


  • Case Studies in Evaluation (2 days)
  • Conducting Successful Evaluation Surveys (2 days)
  • Developmental Evaluation: Systems and Complexity (2 days)
  • Sampling: Basic Methods for Probability and Non-Probability Samples (1 day)
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Using Non-Experimental Designs for Impact Evaluation (2 days)
  • Using Research, Program Theory and Logic Models to Design and Evaluate Programs(2 days)
  • Using Program Theory and Logic Models in Evaluation (2 days)
  • Utilization-Focused Evaluation (1 day)


  • Applied Regression Analysis (3 days)
  • Applied Statistics for Evaluation (4-5 days)
  • Comparative Effectiveness: Balancing Design with Quality Evidence (1 day)
  • Introduction to Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (2 days)
  • Introduction to Data Analysis for Evaluators and Applied Researchers (2 days)
  • Introduction to R Programming or Data Analysis and Visualization
  • Implementation Analysis for Feedback on Program Progress and Results (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)
  • Outcome and Impact Assessment  (3 days)
  • Practical Meta-Analysis
  • Quantitative Evaluation Methods (2 days)
  • Qualitative Data Analysis (2 days)
  • Qualitative Evaluation Methods (2 days)
  • Social and Organizational Network Analysis (2 days)

Evaluation Practice & Inquiry

6 days of instruction selected from the following topic areas:

  • Practical Strategies for Improving Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation (2 days)
  • Culturally Responsive Systems Evaluation (2 days)
  • Culture and Evaluation (1 day)
  • Dashboard Design: Creating Static Dashboards Using Excel
  • Designing, Managing & Analyzing Multi-site Evaluations (2 days)
  • Effective Reporting Strategies for Evaluators (1 day)
  • Evaluability Assessment (2 days)
  • Evaluating Resource Allocation in Complex Environments
  • Evaluating Training Programs: Frameworks and Fundamentals (2 days)
  • Evaluation Capacity Building in Organizations (1 day)
  • Evaluation Management
  • Foundations in Data Visualization (1 day)
  • How to Build a Successful Evaluation Consulting Practice (1 day)
  • Internal Evaluation: Building Organizations from Within
  • Learning through Data Visualization
  • Leveraging Technology in Evaluation (1 day)
  • Managing for Success: Planning, Implementation, and Reporting (2 days)
  • Measuring Performance and Managing for Results in Government and Nonprofit Organizations (2 days)
  • Participatory Evaluation: Frameworks, Approaches, Appropriateness and Challenges (2 days)
  • Policy Analysis, Implementation and Evaluation (2 days)
  • Policy Evaluation and Analysis (2 days)
  • Presenting Data Effectively (2 days)
  • Strategic Planning with Evaluation in Mind (2 days)
  • Strategy Mapping (2 days)
  • Using Program Evaluation in Nonprofit Environments (1 day)
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