2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (September 2017) 
    
    Aug 25, 2019  
2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (September 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HUMN 6326 - Research and Program Evaluation


(5 cr.) The purpose of this course is to introduce students to evaluation research and to provide them with a foundation in the design of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches to counseling research and evaluation. Students learn the strengths and limitations of each method and under what circumstances each research design approach would be the most appropriate. Students learn how to identify a topic for research, how to conduct a literature search, and the importance of scholarly writing. Other topics include the history and theory underlying program evaluation, approaches to evaluation, the procedures and techniques for entering a group for which one would provide evaluation services, and techniques used to perform the evaluation. Strategies for getting gatekeepers to be invested in the development of the research and in the outcomes, demonstrating program effectiveness, and disseminating results to stakeholders are also presented. Students learn to write a research proposal, addressing the following key elements: researching, writing an introduction, stating a purpose for the study, identifying research questions and hypotheses, using theory, defining the significance of the study, and collecting and analyzing data. Students are exposed to legal and ethical issues associated with human subjects’ protection.

 



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