Course: Fundamentals of Program Evaluation

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Textbooks

One classic evaluation textbook is Rossi, Lipsey, and Freeman. Evaluation: A Systematic Approach. 7th edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2004.

It is not required reading for this class, but students intending to specialize in program evaluation may want to purchase this textbook and read relevant chapters that parallel the syllabus.


Session Topic Readings
1 Overview of evaluation concepts No reading
2 Overview of evaluation concepts (cont.); TB Control Program in Baltimore City: Presentation of a domestic program

Jane T. Bertrand and Gabriela Escudero. Compendium of Indicators for Evaluating Reproductive Health Programs. Chapel Hill, NC: Carolina Population Center , MEASURE Evaluation Project, 2004: Pp. 1-14.

Jane T. Bertrand. Evaluating Health Communication Programs. Drum Beat, June 2005. Issue 302.

3 Overview of evaluation concepts (cont.); Stop AIDS Love Life in Ghana: Presentation of a n international program

Andrew Fisher, James Foreit, et al. Designing HIV/AIDS Intervention Studies: An Operations Research Handbook. New York: Population Council, 2002: 1-44, 73-84

"Context and Content of Condom Negotiation and Sex Refusal Skills among Youth in Ghana." Report on Qualitative Research Using a "Storyline" Methodology. November 1997.

4 Developing a conceptual framework and introduction to formative research

J.A. Earp, and S.T. Ennett. Conceptual models for health education research and practice. Health Educ Res 1991;6:163-171.

Assessing the Need for Programs. In: J. McDavid and L. Hawthorn, Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement. Thousand Oaks , CA : Sage Publications. 2006.
5 Communication pretesting, needs assessment (U.S.); MCH needs assessment: An overview

SS Weir, et al. A pilot study of a rapid assessment method to identify places for AIDS prevention in Cape Town , South Africa. Sex Transm Infect 2002;78(suppl 1):i106-i113

CC Johnson, et al. Profiles of the adolescent smoker: models of tobacco use among 9th grade high school students. Acadiana Coalition of Teens against Tobacco (ACTT). Preventive Medicine 2004;39:551-558.

6 Development of indicators and participatory evaluation methods

Jane T. Bertrand and Gabriela Escudero. Compendium of Indicators for Evaluating Reproductive Health Programs. Chapel Hill, NC: Carolina Population Center , MEASURE Evaluation Project, 2004: (vol 1) pp. ix-xiv; and Appendix B. (vol 2, pp. B-462 to 463).

Who Are the Question Makers? - A Participatory Evaluation Handbook, UNDP.

7 Process evaluation

RP Saunders, MH Evans, J Praphul. Developing a Process-Evaluation Plan for Assessing Health Promotion Program Implementation: A How-To Guide. Health Promotion Practice 2005;6: 134-147.

CI Viadro. Designing a Process Evaluation for a Comprehensive Breast Cancer Screening Intervention: Challenges and Opportunities. Evaluation and Program Planning 1997;20:237-249.

8 Routine health information systems: concepts and methods Theo Lippeveld. Design and Implementation of HIS. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2000. Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 14.
9 Monitoring outputs and outcomes and introduction to study design

Andrew Fisher, James Foreit, et al. Designing HIV/AIDS Intervention Studies: An Operations Research Handbook. New York: Population Council, 2002: pp. 45-71

B Krevor. Preventing Illegal Tobacco and Alcohol Sales to Minors Through Electronic Age-Verification Devices: A Field Effectiveness Study. J Pub Health Policy 2004;24(3/4):251-268.

10 Experimental, non-experimental, and quasi-experimental designs DL Kincaid, et al. Impact of a Mass Media Vasectomy Promotion Campaign in Brazil. International Family Planning Perspectives 1996;22:169-175.
11 Using qualitative methods for monitoring and evaluation Debus, Mary. Handbook for Excellence in Focus Group Research. Washington, DC: Academy for Educational Development, 1998.
12 Randomized control trials

RN Shain, JM Piper, et al. A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Behavioral Intervention to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Disease Among Minority Women. The New England Journal of Medicine 1999;340:93-100.

GC Smith, JP Pell. Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomized controlled trials. BMJ 2003;327:1459-1461.

13 Cost effectiveness analysis

Irene Huse, James C. McDavid, and Laura Hawthorn. Concepts and Issues in Economic Evaluation. In: McDavid and Hawthorn (eds) Program Evaluation & Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2006. pp. 241-278.

Thielman et al. Cost-Effectiveness of Free HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing Through a Community-Based AIDS Service Organization in Northern Tanzania. Am J Pub Health, 2006;96:114-125.

14 Monitoring and evaluation in action

Victora et al. Evidence-based public health: beyond randomized trials. Am J Pub Health 2004;94:400-405.

JP Habicht, CG Victora, and JP Vaughn. Evaluation designs for adequacy, plausibility and probability of public health programme performance and impact. Int J Epidemiol 1999;28:10-18.