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Studying Programme Evaluation in the New Zealand Context
University of Auckland Masters Level Programme Evaluation Papers Offered in 2002
PHSOCSCI700 – Planning for Programme Evaluation *
PHSOCSCI701 – Methods for Programme Evaluation *
* Face to face teaching in the form of three one day workshops in Auckland tutorial sessions over the Web.

Following their success in 2000 and 2001, the University of Auckland is again offering two papers in programme evaluation in 2002. These are to meet employers’ and students’ growing demands for evaluation skills for social, public health and community programmes. These two papers teach evaluation planning, tools and methods within a strategic evaluation framework - ensuring the best use of scarce evaluation resources. They are based on more than a decade's work in health promotion, community and social programme evaluation by Dr Paul Duignan and Professor Sally Casswell from the Alcohol and Public Health Research Unit, University of Auckland. Helen Moewaka Barnes, Director of Whariki, who has worked extensively in the evaluation of Maori programmes also teaches within the papers.

The papers will be of interest to managers and practitioners wanting to improve their understanding of evaluation; researchers wanting to improve their evaluation skills; managers managing evaluation contracts; and others wanting to learn how the current trend towards using community approaches to health and social policy programme delivery can be evaluated. This is an opportunity to learn state of the art evaluation and its application in Aotearoa/New Zealand to those hard to evaluate community programme areas.

Both papers will be in the form of three one-day face to face workshops held in Auckland and internet-based tuition in between workshops.

Feedback from students (collected anonymously) includes: “well planned - objectives available and met”, “course was well paced”, “class participation and exercises kept energy levels up”, “really interesting and stimulating”.

PHSOCSCI 700 Planning for Programme Evaluation

This paper will equip practitioners, managers, researchers and policy makers in public health, health promotion and related social policy disciplines to strategically plan evaluations. It gives an overview of the philosophy of science issues in evaluation, evaluation theory and approaches, strategic evaluation, using evaluation resources efficiently over a project's life cycle, stakeholder involvement, evaluating community programmes, Treaty issues and evaluation, evaluation and culture, ethics, politics and evaluation, using programme logic to structure evaluations, risk management, prioritising evaluation of individual projects within an overall programme, dissemination, and evaluation contracting.

PHSOCSCI 701 Methods for Programme Evaluation

Builds on PHSOCSC 700 and looks at more advanced concepts and methods in evaluation. It examines refining evaluation objectives, issues in measurability, the range and selection of evaluation methods, quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, different evaluation designs, ethical issues, Treaty issues, data collection, data analysis, and reporting and interpretation of evaluation findings.

Each paper is assessed by students undertaking a comprehensive assignment. For PHSOCSCI700 this is a detailed evaluation plan for a project selected by the student. For PHSOCSCI701 this is comprehensively developing a set of evaluation methods.

These papers can be taken as Certificates of Proficiency, or as part of a programme of study towards a range of postgraduate qualifications. It may also be possible for them to be included in a postgraduate degree from another university.

Contact us now for further information: Dr Paul Duignan (p.duignan@auckland.ac.nz <mailto:p.duignan@auckland.ac.nz>) (04 9739729). 

Anyone who enrolls should get in contact with Dr Paul Duignan* before the semester starts. 

Answers to Questions About the Evaluation Papers PHSOCSCI 700 and PHSOCSCI 701 2002

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