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PA 513 Evaluation and Impact of Public Organizations
Gordon, Janice L.


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBERPA 513

 

COURSE TITLEEvaluation and Impact of Public Organizations

 

COURSE DESCRIPTORAn examination of the evaluation of the output of public organizations, the criteria and methodology of the evaluation.  An attempt to discover how public policies impact on the environment and the role of these outcomes for future actions of public organizations.  The relationship of evaluation to monitoring performance will be analyzed.  Prerequisite:  PA 502.

 

 

TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT:  Fall 2004

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER:  Janice L. Gordon

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER:  Adjunct Instructor

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION:   934 Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS:      NA

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER:   NA

FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS:  janice.Gordon@park.edu

OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS:  p423977@aol.com

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: NA

DATES OF THE TERM:  August 23, 2004 through December 10, 2004

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Tuesdays

CLASS SESSION TIME:  5:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

PREREQUISITE(S): PA 502

CREDIT HOURS:  3

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

 

VISION STATEMENT

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONAn examination of the evaluation of the output of public organizations, the criteria and methodology of the evaluation.  An attempt to discover how public policies impact on the environment and the role of these outcomes for future actions of public organizations.  The relationship of evaluation to monitoring performance will be analyzed.  Prerequisite:  PA 502.

 

 

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: My educational philosophy is one of interaction based on lectures, readings, quizzes, discussions, examinations, case studies and written assignments.  I will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: On completion of this course, student should be able to:  

  1. Identify an issue or problem and the program or interventions intended to mitigate the problem.
  2. Describe ways to determine the program’s purpose, beginning with the theory and objective(s). 
  3. Set up a program evaluation model.
  4. Discuss the reasons for performing program evaluations.
  5. Identify stakeholders, target populations and all the various perspectives of program evaluation.
  6. Describe the various perspectives of program evaluation.
  7. Develop a good evaluation question(s) based on the parameters provided in course materials.
  8. Explain the various methods of data collection and analysis.
  9. Articulate the social role of program evaluations.

 

 

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Evaluation, a Systematic Approach, 7th Edition, Rossi, Freeman, Lipsey

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

 

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY: I am required to keep attendance records and report absences.  I will excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

 

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:  Written Assignments must be submitted on time to receive full credit.  A reduction of one letter grade will result for each day the assignment is late.

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT:    – content, grammar and punctuation will be considered in the final grade. 

 90-100    A

80-89            B

70-79        C

60-69        D

Below 59   F

Attendance and Class Participation - 30%

Individual Project               -  25%

Homework & Quizzes     - 45%  (5 x 9% each)

 

 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: (This section is where you may list regulations within your classroom.  Example: Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.)

 

DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability

 

 

 

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:

 

Text:  Evaluation, a Systematic Approach, 7th Edition, Rossi, Freeman, Lipsey

 

Aug. 24     Introduction to Course & Definitions; discuss social programs, pre-test, homework

 

Aug. 31     Review “Whats” and “Whys” of Evaluation, Chapters 1 & 2, homework

 

Sept. 7      Chapter 3, Lecture, Discuss Individual Projects for Evaluation Design

 

Sept. 14    Chapter 4, Discuss Assessing the Need for a Program, quiz

 

Sept.  21   Chapter 5, Discussion, Group Case Studies

 

Sept.  28   Chapter 6, Discussion on Monitoring Process, quiz

 

Oct.   5     Chapter 7, Discussion, Performance Auditing, Case Study

 

Oct. 12     Chapters 8 and 9, Discussion Assessing Program Impact,

 

Oct. 19     Fall Break

 

Oct. 26     Chapter 10, Discussion, Statistical methods

 

Nov.  2     Chapter 11, Discussion on Cost/Benefits, Efficiency, Effectiveness and Equity, homework

 

Nov.  9     Chapter 12, Discussion, The Social Context

 

Nov. 16    Individual project presentations

 

Nov. 23    Individual project presentations

 

Nov.  30   Individual project presentations

 

Dec.   7    Debriefing on individual projects; post-test, course evaluation   

 

Dec. 14    Wrapping it up