Program Evaluation: An Introduction for Arts and Cultural Organizations


Nightingale-Brown House

This seminar will provide a brief overview and introduce important initial steps in the evaluation of social and cultural programs. We will briefly review the purpose and types of evaluation strategies. The emphasis of the seminar will focus on the articulation of program theory, distinguishing between program outputs and outcomes, and the challenge of determining program impact. Applied exercises will be utilized during the seminar, so you are encouraged to come prepared to consider and begin the initial steps necessary to evaluate your program.   For example, if your program has a logic model please bring it. If you currently collect any data, bring any forms you use. Bring any relevant information that you may already incorporate in your program, such as logic models or intake forms or.... [bring what you've got, basically!]

About the Facilitator:
Valerie Cooley, PhD, MSW, Lecturer, Director of Graduate Studies, Taubman Center for Public Policy: After over a decade of work in human services, largely in organizations serving at-risk and court-involved youth, Dr. Cooley returned to graduate school for a Ph.D. in Public Policy. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, her research included evaluations of a curriculum-based drop-out prevention program for middle schoolers and a state-wide legislative reform intended to to decrease juvenile delinquency. After a brief period consulting on evaluations of mentoring programs, she began teaching at the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown in 2010. In addition to other graduate courses, she is responsible for developing and teaching the Program Evaluation course for MPA and MPP students at the Center.

Advance registration is required, no later than November 15.
Registration fee: $30, waived for Brown and RISD students. 

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