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Program Evaluation Minor

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 178 Pillsbury Dr S E, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
Email: olpd@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 9
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 15
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Program evaluation is an area of inquiry that uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to address questions of concern to policy makers, administrators, managers, and, in some cases, program participants. In this era of competing developments--increased accountability and the democratization of research activity--knowledge of program evaluation is a useful and valuable commodity. The program evaluation minor is an interdisciplinary effort providing intensive study of the techniques and process of evaluation and policy research, in addition to the social and political context within which program evaluation occurs. The graduate minor in program evaluation offers a coordinated set of courses designed for students who wish to have the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct evaluations combined with their graduate majors or professional fields of study. Courses include readings, discussions, and assignments designed to develop the skills essential to professionals intending to use or conduct evaluation in nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Evaluation Studies Program Coordinator for graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements. Students pursuing Organizational, Leadership, Policy and Development or Educational Psychology degrees with evaluation-related concentrations are not eligible for the Program Evaluation minor.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Courses offered on both the A-F and S/N grading basis must be taken A-F. The minimum cumulative GPA for minor field coursework is 3.00.
Required Coursework (6 credits)
Take the following courses. Take OLPD 8596 for 3 credits. A different course can be substituted for OLPD 5501 with approval of the Evaluation Studies Program Coordinator for graduate studies.
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8596 - Evaluation Internship (1.0-9.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Additional Course (3 credits)
Take the following course to complete the 9-credit minimum:
OLPD 5502 - Comparative evaluation theory for practice (3.0 cr)
Doctoral
Required Courses (6 credits)
Select 1 of the following in consultation with the Evaluation Studies Program Coordinator for graduate studies. OLPD 5502 is recommended for students interested in evaluation practice; OLPD 8502 is recommended for students pursuing research-intensive or academic careers.
OLPD 5502 - Comparative evaluation theory for practice (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 8502 - Advanced Evaluation Theory and Theory crafting (3.0 cr)
Take the following course for 3 credits:
OLPD 8595 - Evaluation Problems (1.0-6.0 cr)
Additional Coursework (3 credits)
Select additional credits to complete the 15-credit minimum. Approval by the Evaluation Studies Program Coordinator for graduate studies is required.
 
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OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: OLPD 5501/EPsy 5243
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to program evaluation. Planning an evaluation study, collecting and analyzing information, reporting results; evaluation strategies; overview of the field of program evaluation.
OLPD 8596 - Evaluation Internship
Credits: 1.0 -9.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Hands-on experience in conducting program evaluation in real-world setting under supervision of evaluation professional. prereq: [5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243], instr consent
OLPD 5502 - Comparative evaluation theory for practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
This class will give students the foundation in evaluation theory necessary for high-quality and ethical practice in evaluation, consulting, or other forms of organizational change Recommend 5501 or equivalent (can be taken concurrently)
OLPD 5502 - Comparative evaluation theory for practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
This class will give students the foundation in evaluation theory necessary for high-quality and ethical practice in evaluation, consulting, or other forms of organizational change Recommend 5501 or equivalent (can be taken concurrently)
OLPD 8502 - Advanced Evaluation Theory and Theory crafting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This advanced course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of major evaluation theories, systems for organizing evaluation theories, and propose ways of expanding current theory. prereq: Doctoral standing OR instructor?s permission (enforced) Recommend OLPD 5502 (can be taken concurrently)
OLPD 8595 - Evaluation Problems
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Course Equivalencies: OLPD 8595/EPsy 8295
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent study of an issue in theory or practice of program evaluation. prereq: [5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243], instr consent