Evaluation and Program Analysis in the Criminal Justice System

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: Master of Science 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
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • 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

Grading Information

Assignment Possible Points
Lesson Assignments (6 @ 10 pts. each) 60 points
Summary of Journal Article 30 points
Abstract/Analysis (3 @ 25 pts. each) 75 points
GAO Report 25 points
Proposal 80 points
Presentation 25 points
Ethical Dilemma 10 points
Exam 75 points
Participate with Online Discussions 20 points
Total: 400 points

Grading Scale
A 365 - 400 points
A- 360 - 364 points
B+ 356 - 359 points
B 325 - 355 points
B- 320 - 324 points
C+ 315 - 319 points
C 285 - 314 points
C- 280 - 284 points
D 240 - 279 points
F 0 - 239 points


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