Post-Master’s Certificate in Program Evaluation

August 27, 2021 to October 22, 2021
8:30 am
Brown School, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63130
post master certificate program in program evaluation

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Program Evaluation is designed to provide theory and relevant practice to build your expertise, effectiveness, and confidence evaluating programs.

Applications of Fall 2021 closed on August 13, 2021. Please sign up to be notified when a new cohort forms.


Fridays, August 27, September 10 & 24, October 8 & 22, 2021

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.


Nancy Mueller

Nancy Mueller, MPH
Assistant Dean for Planning and Evaluation
Brown School

Brown School Evaluation Center

Nancy Mueller is the assistant dean for planning and evaluation at the Brown School at Washington University. She is the founding director of the Brown School Evaluation Center focused on advancing evaluation science and practice through service provision, training and education, and evaluation research. Nancy is also responsible for the design and evaluation of the School’s strategic initiatives and overall performance management.

Nancy has over 20 years of experience in program and systems-level evaluation, strategic planning, and organizational leadership and performance management. She is a Leap of Reason Ambassador which is a community of leaders who believe that mission and performance are inextricably linked and advances this “performance matters” message using the Performance Imperative – a Framework for Social Service Excellence. She is committed to supporting non-profits on their journey to strengthening their performance and, in turn, their impact on the communities they serve.

Nikole Lobb Dougherty, Associate Director

Nikole Lobb Dougherty, MA
Associate Director
Brown School Evaluation Center

Nikole is the associate director at the Brown School Evaluation Center. She has over 15 years of experience in program and systems-level evaluation, project management, evaluation capacity-building, data visualization, and innovative and effective dissemination and reporting.

One of the things Nikole loves most about being an evaluator is the diverse set of responsibilities – from designing meaningful evaluations, to analyzing data, to effectively communicating findings into actionable recommendations, and supporting stakeholders as they build their capacity to better understand, document, and communicate their impact. She leads evaluation activities for a number of Center projects, co-facilitates the development and implementation of the Center’s strategic plan, provides operational guidance for Center staff, and identifies and implements new opportunities and partnerships. In addition, Nikole provides data collection, management, and analysis guidance for Center projects and leads training and educational opportunities.

Lexie Walsh, Evaluation Manager

Lexie Walsh, MSW
Evaluation Manager,
Brown School Evaluation Center

Lexie works with organizations, coalitions, and collective impact initiatives to build and implement evaluations that support learning, growth, and communication. She has extensive experience in program and systems-level evaluation, evaluation capacity-building, project management, and effective dissemination and reporting. Lexie leads training and educational opportunities on evaluation planning and qualitative data collection. Prior to joining the Evaluation Center, she served as a medical case manager for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the Philadelphia area.

Learn More & Apply

Learn more and register online through Brown School Professional Development.

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

Price & CEU/CPH


Continuing Education Information:

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