Evaluation and Program Analysis in the Criminal Justice System

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Course Number: CRIMLJUS 7730
Course Name: Evaluation and Program Analysis in the Criminal Justice System (Online)
Course Description:    This graduate level course will focus on the key concepts, methods, and issues in the field of evaluation research. Students will be exposed to the theoretical, methodological, and utilization of evaluation approaches in order to design, implement, and assess the most effective programs. Specific focus will center on needs assessment, impact assessments, monitoring, applications of various quantitative and qualitative techniques, and proposal writing. A review of basic research methods principles will also be provided.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: MS in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, you should:

  • Understand basic research method principles.
  • Understand the value of evaluation and the appropriate uses of evaluation research.
  • Have an understanding of the history, definitions, and key concepts of evaluation research.
  • Access relevant evaluation research literature.
  • Conduct evaluability assessments, determine program goals and objectives, and determine the needs of populations served.
  • Identify political and ethical issues associated with program evaluation.
  • Review and critique the design, implementation, and findings of an evaluation.
  • Write an evaluation proposal.

Unit Descriptions
Unit 1

Fundamentals of Research Methods

Unit 2
Fundamentals of Evaluation Research and Logic Models

Unit 3
Methods in Evaluation and Needs Assessments

Unit 4
Economic Evaluations and Performance Measurement

Unit 5
Praxis, Statistics, and Professional Judgement

Exams:  There is 1 exam for this course.
Assignments:  There are 14 assignments.
Group Assignments:  There are 0 group projects for this course.

Grading Information
The breakdown of points is as follows:

Activity Point Total
Lesson 1 Assignment 10
Lesson 2a Assignment 10
Lesson 2b Assignment 10
Lesson 3a Assignment 10
Lesson 3b Assignment 10
Lesson 4 Assignment 10
Summary of journal article 30
Abstract/Analysis 1 25
Abstract/Analysis 2 25
Abstract/Analysis 3 25
GAO Report 25
Proposal 80
Presentation 25
Ethical Dilemma 10
Exam 75
Participate with online discussions 20
Total Points 400

Grading Scale:

A = 365-400
A- = 360-364
B+= 356-359
B = 325-355
B- = 320-324
C+ = 315-319
C = 285-314
C- = 280-284
D = 240-279
F = 239 and below

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