Advance Learning Certificate in Program Evaluation

September 22, 2023 to November 17, 2023
Every Fri
Brown School, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63130

The Advance Learning Certificate in Program Evaluation is designed to provide theory and relevant practice to build your expertise, effectiveness, and confidence evaluating programs.

Applications of Fall 2023 accepted through September 1, 2023.


Fridays, September 22, October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17, 2023

Online Program: The 9-week sequence includes 5 online class meetings, with approximately 5 hours of self-paced content to complete between the meetings. Class meets by Zoom on alternate Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (CST)

Program Description

As funders and donors increasingly view their support as an investment, competency in Program Evaluation has become an essential skill within the health and human service organizations. Regular, systematic evaluation helps assure organizations are delivering on their missions and acting as good stewards of donor dollars.

To respond to the increasingly competitive funding landscape, human services organizations must not only measure impact: they need to be able to maximize their impact.

This certificate program will help you align your resources and efforts to the change your organization strives to create. The program design includes lectures, case studies, practice exercises, and readings — all carefully chosen to increase your skills.

Participants in the certificate program in Program Evaluation will build on their master’s degree to better:

  • Be able to conduct a stakeholder-driven evaluation planning process and develop a comprehensive evaluation plan
  • Know how to identify and prioritize key evaluation questions and select appropriate methods
  • Understand how to systematically manage quantitative data
  • Translate evaluation findings into compelling data visualizations to enhance strategic learning and utilization

The program culminates in the development of several evaluation products, including a logic model, evaluation plan and submission of brief written reflections about class content.


Meihsi Chiang, MSW

Meihsi Chiang, MSW

Assistant Director of Evaluation and Dissemination

Meihsi Chiang is the senior manager of the evaluation and dissemination at the Center. Meihsi is an experienced evaluator with extensive expertise in data visualization. She managers the center’s projects, with a focus on process and outcome evaluation, evaluation capacity, survey design, and data collection and analysis.

Meihsi brings her creativity and passion for data visualization together to develop products and approaches that communicate research data and evaluation findings in meaningful and understandable ways. She also co-manages the center’s brand and visual presence, including website design and marketing materials.

Liz Vestal is the senior manager of evaluation and client services at the Center. Liz is an experienced evaluator with a background in program evaluation and project management. They coordinate the Center’s projects, with a focus on equitable evaluation, evaluation planning and implementation, stakeholder engagement, and using data for the public good. Liz leads the Evaluation Center’s partner engagement efforts to support past, present, and future clients. With a curiosity for quality improvement and a deep commitment to equitable collaboration, Liz is emboldened to work alongside organizations to maximize their impact.

Is This Program for Me?

The program is suitable for individuals involved in program planning or delivery in government, community organizations, or non-profits, including those looking to transition into evaluation or related roles within health and social service fields. 

Price & CEU/CPH


Continuing Education Information:

  • 45 social work CEUs (20 live, 25 self-study)
  • 45 public health CPH units

Learn More & Apply

Learn more and register online through Brown School Professional Development. For questions, please contact us at or 314-935-7573

This course will be conducted via a virtual Zoom meeting online format and WashU Extended Learning. Access to a computer/laptop with internet access is required. Please contact Professional Development with any questions.