Monitoring and Evaluation Program

The Monitoring and Evaluation Program

Dates

Calendar Year 2016

Location

“The Monitoring and Evaluation Program” is based at the University of Maryland College Park, Maryland campus located just outside of Washington, DC.

Audience

The program is open to current government and nonprofit practitioners as well as graduate students studying public policy, international development, environmental policy, and/or social policy. Up to 25 public officials (or students) may be selected to participate in each program.

Program Summary

“The Monitoring and Evaluation Program” is a ten-day program. Classes will be held on Monday-Friday of each week, with the weekend left unscheduled for participants.  The program includes a pre-course, introductory workshop on change management overseen by University of Maryland faculty online before participants travel to the United States.

The program examines major tools for improving public and private programs at every stage of their operations, from initial program planning to implementation and management and through evaluation. The program will examine tools that are used increasingly worldwide by all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, funding agencies, and researchers (such as logic models).

The program is designed to build the capacities of middle- and senior-level professionals to more effectively serve their organizations and the public.  Training sessions are based on state-of-the-art research and current practices, and are customized to meet the organizational priorities and needs of the clients/countries of the participants. The program relies heavily on interactive forms of learning, including experiential exercises and case studies, small group interactions, and site visits. Pragmatic applications are emphasized throughout.

Learning Areas

The program seeks to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand, describe, and critique program evaluations, and also to identify the policy implications of specific findings. Using examples from domestic policy and international development, the program covers:

·        Process and summative evaluation issues, including data collection, causal validity, and generalizability;

·        Economic evaluations, including cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit studies;

·        Performance measurement of ongoing programs; and

·        Assessing managerial competence and conducting performance appraisal.

Academic Program Director

Dr. Thomas Hilde, Research Professor in the School of Public Policy is the academic program direcotr.

Illustrative Faculty

In addition to Dr. Hilde, the School will provide a team of nationally renowned scholars and practitioners from the School and the highest levels of the public and private sectors.  Likely faculty participants include:

 

  • Kenneth S. Apfel, former Cabinet-level officer in the Administration of President William J. Clinton as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. He has also served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
  •  Douglas Besharov, Norman & Florence Brody Professor at the School of Public Policy author of over 150 articles and contributor to the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the American Enterprise Magazine.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Duke, Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Policy. Dr. Duke was the Administrator of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) a $7 billion agency providing health care for the underserved.
  •  Dr. Philip Joyce, Professor and Senior Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy, an expert on public budgeting and performance measurement.
  •  Anthony McCann, former Clerk and Staff Director of a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, and staff of the Senate Budget Committee. Former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
  •  J. Christopher Mihm, Managing Director of Strategic Issues for the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Instructional Materials

The School will provide instructional materials for the programs, consisting of a comprehensive program binder with copies of power point presentations and articles and other readings as appropriate, books and other supplemental texts.

Citation of Program Completion

An individual Citation of Program Completion will be issued by the School and provided to the participants after the successful completion of the course of study.

Cost

The program cost of $6,000 per participant covers tuition, instructional materials (binders of readings and case studies), site visit transportation, and snacks/meals during the program day.

Contact

Please contact Tom Kennedy at 301.405.6227 or tkennedy@umd.edu for more information.