PA513 Eval/Impact of Publ Organization

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PA 513 Evaluation and Impact of Public Organizations


F2P 2012 DL


Gordon, Janice L.


Adjunct Faculty


Master Public Administration
Bachelor of Arts
Associate of Arts

Daytime Phone

816 694 3007

Other Phone

816 694 3007


Semester Dates

Oct. 22 through Dec. 16 2012

Class Days



PA 502 recommended

Credit Hours



Required Text: Evaluation: A Systematic Approach, Seventh Edition

Authors: Peter H. Rossi, Howard E. Freeman, Mark W. Lipsey.


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Course Description:

Course Description: An 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: Recommended: PA 502.


Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of providing each student the opportunity to consider, analyze and articulate their own views about various methods and issues in the profession of public affairs.  Through course materials and activities, each student will engage in what is referred to as disputatious learning, which encourages the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Describe the relevance of program evaluation for the public and not-for-profit
  2. 2. Identify issues, formulate evaluation questions, and assess the need for programs.
  3. 3. Express and assess program theory.
  4. 4. Explain the fundamental principles of program and performance monitoring and
  5. 5. Develop relevant evaluation questions.
  6. 6. Design a coherent, workable evaluation plan, including evaluation methodology,
Class Assessment:


  • A combination of threaded discussion responses, peer reviews, weekly homework assignments, and a final project comprise the activities for which you will receive a grade. 
  • Discussion thread responses serve as our discussions and encourage interaction with fellow students.  These should be well-written and logically sound, and are worth 3% each week; your peer review, wherein you prepare a thoughtful response to another student's contribution, is worth 2% each week.
  • Your weekly homework assignment, which may include case studies, individual written responses, a quiz and/or group assignments is worth 5% each week.  Instructions for these assignments have been made available in the week for which they are assigned.  As a general rule, individual assignments should be placed on time in the drop box.  Always read and edit your paper before submitting it.
  • Your final  project, due in the eighth week, is worth 25% for a total of 100%.   The requirements for your project are located in the Final Project section in the Course Home area.  Your project should be in submitted in the dropbox, typed double-spaced in Word.  Language usage, grammar, punctuation and spelling are important.  Please read and edit your paper before your submit it.  Be thorough in responding to all points delineated in the Final Project area.

(Submission of Late Work:  Work submitted late will receive a reduction in percentage for that assignment.

  • Final Project - You will submit the brief description of a program for which you will design an evaluation model during week 2.  I will ask for updates periodically, which will be posted in my office announcement area. The entire project of no more than 20 typed, double-spaced pages is due by Wed. at midnight CST of week 8.


Weekly discussion: 7 weeks x 30 points each = 210 points (35%)
   *In week 1, your introduction counts for 10 points, and the discussion counts for 20 points =30 points)
Week 5 discussion groups: 1 group discussion x 60 points = 60 points (10%)
Homework: 4 assignments x 30 points each = 120 points (20%)
Quizzes: 2 graded quizzes x 30 points each = 60 points (10%)
Final Paper/Project: 1 paper x 150 points = 150 points (25%)
Total Points = 600 points (100%)

Course Grading Scale

A = 90- 100%;  B = 80-89;   C = 70-79% 
                D = 60-69%; F = < 60%



Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late submission of written assignements will result in 1 percent reduction per day that the paper is late unless instructor approves otherwise.  A late submission can be made at any time through e-mail to  Waiting one week to submit a late paper will result in an immediate 14 percent grade reduction.  Please be sure to note deadlines each week.  Some are on Wednesday, others on Saturday, and the final is due Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 CST.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students should be prepared to participate in each week's discussion and activities, meeting required deadlines.  This is especially important in an online class, so that your classmates have time to respond to your input.  Mutual respect should be shown at all times in expressing opinions and in commenting on those of others.

Course-Specific Policies:

Course assignments are expected to be submitted on time.  Please read your written homework assignment, case studies, project and discussion thread postings, and correct as much as possible for grammar, spelling and punctuation.  Accurate and credible report-writing in the professional world is extremely important, and your assignments should have a professional appearance.   Up to 10 percent of each writing assignment depends upon proper use od grammar, spelling, punctuation and usage. 

I recommend that you open each week's assignment early, connect to any links provided and download all reading assignments.  I further recommend that you back up all your written submissions, save to your hard drive or a disk just in case your technology malfunctions. 

Please read the attendance section for university policy.  If you must be absent for an entire week, please let me know beforehand if possible.  That way at least you will get an "excused" absence rather than unexcused.  We will work out something for late assignment submission if you must miss an entire week, but full points will not be possible with any late submission.  Unles otherwise specifically instructed, written assignments should be placed in the dropbox.

Active participation is extremely important in an online course, and PA 513 is no exception to that rule.  Please be active with your comments.

I find it helpful and interesting to go back to the discussion section, especially at the end of the week and read anything that might not have been posted the first or second time you entered the section.  Comments and questions might help you with assignments and your final project.

If you have questions or need assistance that you think other students would benefit from the answer, please post your question in my Office section in the Course Home area.  Be sure to check there frequently; other students may have already addressed your question or concern.  I will always be available to e-mail you or speak to you privately if you write me at  or call at 816 694 3007.  I will make every effort to get back with you within 24 hours if you don't reach me immediately.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact me for clarification.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week                                   Date                                  

Objectives   After this week's lesson you will be able to:

 Describe a brief history of evaluating program performance;

 Discuss evaluations as they are today;

 Discuss concepts in tailoring an evaluation.

Things To Do This Week

  Read your lecture sections.

  Read chapters 1 and 2 from your text, Evaluation, a Systematic Approach, by Rossi,

 Follow the instructions in the "homework" and "discussion" sections of this week.
2                                        10/29              


After this week you will be able to:

  Identify issues, formulate evaluation questions and understand assessing the need for programs.

  Develop relevant questions for selected public programs.

  Demonstrate an understanding of the role of stakeholders in public programs.

Things To Do

  Read Chapters 3 and 4 in your text.

  Read the lecture.

  Do the homework.

  Participate in the Discussion as instructed.  Responses are due by Saturday midnight CDT, and peer reviews are due by Sunday midnight CDT.

  E-mail me a brief paragraph about the program you will use for your final project. Go to Final Project to check the requirements.

  The "quiz" is NOT for a grade this week, but please test yourself.  Quizzes in later weeks will be for a grade.

REMEMBER:  You do NOT need a proctor for this graduate course.

3                            11/5 


After this week's lesson you will be able to do the following:

 Express and assess program theory;

 Discuss public and not-for-profit programs, the program theory, and ways to evaluate program success.

Things To Do

  Read Chapter 5 in your text.

  Read the material in your lecture section.

  Do your homework assignment.

  Participate as instructed in the discussion thread.


4                                        11/12               


After this week's lesson you will be able to do the following:

 Discuss program and performance monitoring and auditing;

 Discuss public and not-for-profit programs, the program theory, and ways to evaluate program success.

Things To Do

 Read Chapters 6 and 7 in your text.

 Read the material in your lecture section.

 Participate as instructed in the discussion thread – response by midnight CST Wednesday and peer review by midnight CST Sunday.  Your discussion this week is about your final project.  Please use this week to trade ideas and ask questions for peer responses.  Your grade for this discussion will depend upon your interactions.

 Take this week's quiz.

 Go to the webliogaphy section to look up websites about process monitoring.

5                                       11/19


The course objective we will meet this week is:

 Demonstrate an understanding of the various evaluation methodologies, including those that are scientific and quasi-scientific.

Things To Do

  Read chapters 8 and 9 in your text.

  Read your lecture section.

  Start Early this week!!! Check your Park e-mail for a message from me regarding which group you are assigned to.  Visit the "Groupwork" thread to see the case study for your group, and follow the instructions provided in that area.

 Discuss your groupwork case in the discussion area.  Use the dropdown box with your group number.  This will be worth 10 percent of your grade, as it will count for your homework and discussion grade this week. 

 Go to "webliography" and check out some of the websites, especially the Kansas City, Missouri's City Auditor's site.  These will help you with your final project.

 Visit my office if you have any questions or concerns.



6                                       11/26 


This week we will continue meeting the following course objective:

  Demonstrate an understanding of the various evaluation methodologies, including those that are scientific and quasi-scientific.

Things To Do

  Read chapter 10 in your text.

  Read your lecture.

  Do your homework.

  Respond as instructed in your discussion thread.

7                                     12/3


The course objectives we will accomplish this week are:

  Discuss the importance of program evaluation for the public and not-for-profit sectors

  Analyze the social issues involved in program evaluation.

  Discuss the interpretation of evaluation findings, their occasional misuse for political ruse, and social implications of program performance evaluation.

Things To Do

  Read chapter 11 in your text.

  Read the lecture.

  Participate in the discussion.

  Take the graded quiz.

 8                                       12/10


We will wrap it all up this week.  The specific objectives we will meet this week are:

 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of program evaluation for the public and not-for-profit sectors, and understand the social issues involved in program evaluation.

  Discuss the interpretation of evaluation findings, their occasional misuse for political ruse, and social implications of program performance evaluation.

Things To Do

  Read Chapter 12 in your text.

  Read the lecture section.

  E-mail me your finished final project by Wednesday, 12/13 at midnight CST.

  Participate in this week's discussion thread.


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Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

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