Comprehensive evaluation of public health and disease prevention programs is critical to developing an evidence base for public health practice as well as for accountability to stakeholders. Evaluations demonstrate the efficacy, effectiveness and/or efficiency of the program and provide models of good practice. This course builds skills in planning, conducting and using formative, process, impact and outcome evaluations of public health programs, with an emphasis on those which address public health approaches to chronic disease prevention. Using three face-to-face workshops supplemented by online resources and four weeks of online discussions, students will participate in readings, group work, lectures and discussions, to develop skills in defining the purpose of an evaluation, defining the evaluation questions, selecting evaluation designs and measures for evaluation (and understand the process of measurement development). A specific focus will be on skills to critically appraise evaluations and to use results in practice. Additional sessions will be devoted to methods for scaling up interventions to the population level, and to the design and evaluation of multi-faceted complex public health programs.
3 x 1 day weekend workshops. The first two workshops will be on a consecutive Friday and Saturday. This will be followed immediately by four weeks of online content, which will further develop the content from the first two workshops and prepare the students for the final workshop. The online component will involve video lectures / tutorials and contributing to online discussion forums on course content and relevant readings. The final workshop will require the students to identify, review and present material developed during the online learning component and will also extend the students into more complex program evaluation principles.
1x2000 word assignment (30%); 1 x 1000wd assignment (15%); participation in workshops 1-3 (15%); engagement and contribution to online discussion forums (20%); presentation in workshop 3 (20%)
Recommended: Bauman A, Nutbeam D. Evaluation in a Nutshell: 2nd Edition. A practical guide to the evaluation of health promotion programs. McGraw-Hill, Sydney , 2013
Attendance and participation in ALL weekend workshops is mandatory as well as online participation (this unit is not available in online only mode)
PUBH5033 AND PUBH5010