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The demand for program evaluation in the private non-profit
and for-profit sectors (and at all levels of government) has
grown dramatically over the past decade, with significant
resources now devoted to this enterprise. Evaluations provide
feedback for program improvement and help determine the benefits
being derived from new and veteran programs. A new cadre of
individuals trained in planning and executing evaluations is
needed to assist sponsoring agencies, funders, and programs to
generate this useful information.
The certificate in Program Evaluation is designed for
mid-career professionals who wish to learn about the design and
implementation of effective evaluation strategies. Students learn
practical skills that can be put to use in the evaluation of a
wide range of social service, public health, community development,
corporate, and environmental programs.
Who Should Apply?
The program is open to individuals with a bachelor's degree
and three to five years of professional experience in a particular
field. It is especially appropriate for agency directors and
administrators, program managers and staff, foundation project
officers, policy analysts, community organizers and advocates,
human resources professionals, and educators.
Program of Study
The certificate requires four courses.
Courses in statistics, data analysis, and research methods are
offered by several departments. Course substitutions can be made
with the approval of the certificate faculty adviser.
- Foundation course:
- Program Evaluation (UEP 256) (also CD 247)
- One course in applied statistics and data analysis,
- Problems of Research: Statistics (CD 140)
- Advanced Statistics (PSY 107/108)
- Principles of Biostatistics (MPH 205)
- Statistical Methods for Nutrition Research (NUTR 209)
- Nutrition Data Analysis (NUTR 211)
- Quantitative Research Methods (SOC 101)
- Quantitative Reasoning for Policy and Planning (UEP 254)
- One course in research methods, for example:
- Problems of Research: Methods and Design (CD 142)
- Principles of Epidemiology (MPH 201)
- Methods of Educational Research (ED 271)
- Survey Research in Nutrition (NUTR 210)
- Field Research (SOC 105)
- Research Methods (OTS 210)
- One elective in your area of interest or expertise:
- education, child development, nonprofit management, social
or environmental policy, nutrition, or public health.
This certificate is offered in collaboration with the Tufts Departments
of Child Development,
and Urban and Environmental
Policy and Planning; the School
of Nutrition Science and Policy; and the
School of Medicine.
Certificate students pay a course rate for each required certificate
course of $3,565 per course (2013-2014).
Summary of Consumer Information for Students
For more information, contact:
Office of Graduate Studies
Forms for the certificate program.