What is the one thing you want participants to take away from the program?
My hope is that participants will walk away with a better understanding of the evaluation planning and implementation process. By the end, they will feel comfortable employing strategies for engaging stakeholders in developing a comprehensive evaluation plan that reflects the priorities of the program, initiative, or change effort.
How will the program facilitate connections between participants and provide networking opportunities?
The format of the Post-Masters Certificate Program will leverage multiple opportunities for participants to work together in sessions, provide feedback to one another, and learn about each other’s work.
What would you like participants to bring to the program?
An open mind, a willingness to try new things, and personal examples of successes and challenges they have experienced with planning for and implementing evaluations.
In what ways are you ensuring that the program has real-world applications?
We will incorporate case examples throughout the sessions and also ask participants, when possible, to apply what they are learning to the assignments (e.g., developing tools or evaluation plans) for the programs or change efforts they are currently working on. We will also provide opportunities for participants to reflect on learnings and how they apply to the work they are currently doing in the real world.
Favorite lunch spots? Places of interest on campus?
When the weather is nice, it is nice to grab lunch from Grounds for Change in Hillman Hall or nearby Holmes Lounge and sit outside in the green space outside of the building. Currently, there is a lot of construction happening at the east end of campus and can be fun to watch all the big machinery.