Course Title: Introduction to Program Evaluation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Program Evaluation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2018


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof Anastasia Powell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3566

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04.07

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

JUST2330 Applied Research in Criminological Settings is a pre-requisite for this course.  Please contact the program manager for information about equivalency

Course Description

This course aims to build your knowledge of techniques and tools used in the design and evaluation programs. You will learn about program planning, implementation, design and logic models. You will be introduced to a range of evaluation methods used to monitor and evaluate programs. Throughout this course, you will be working on authentic industry project briefs to address issues such as youth diversion, sexual harassment prevention, police and service responses to family violence, drug harm reduction and community-based crime prevention. Case studies on existing programs addressing these issues will be used as teaching material.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Your successful completion of this course will contribute to development of the following RMIT graduate attributes and capabilities:

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Synthesise and critically evaluate relevant professional and scholarly literature to inform program design and evaluation
  • Apply appropriate approaches and methods to design a program within a justice context including planning and implementation
  • Critically review evaluation techniques and methods to design an evaluation framework and develop reporting mechanisms to track progress
  • Present a program design and evaluation framework to stakeholders and justify how this addresses an authentic industry problem relating to the justice sector
  • Communicate effectively with, and advocate positions to, a broad range of stakeholders from justice environments
  • Work independently and collaboratively in response to project demands within a justice context
  • Engage critically with social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international evidence to program design and evaluation

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Use strategic, critical, creative, and analytical thinking to develop creative solutions to a range of dynamic problems associated with crime management and the justice system 
  • Employ a wide range of research tools, methods and approaches to produce new knowledge of justice issues and guide policy development and inform decision making
  • Synthesise, rationalise, and communicate new scholarship and research to diverse professional and non-professional audiences 
  • Use a range of communication, conflict management, and leadership skills to work productively with a diverse range of people in justice environments, as well as within teams
  • Use appropriate ethical ideas and reflective practice skills in addressing situations and problems in justice settings demonstrating cultural, social and environmental sensitivity.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and/or online such as lectures, interactive workshop activities, program case studies, guest speakers, group and class discussion, group activities, presentations, selected reading and individual research. Learning experiences will foster the development of the Program Learning Outcomes associated with this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: