Program and Organizational Evaluation

This interdisciplinary certificate provides students with a professional competitive edge in developing evaluation and analytical skills for managing programs, and translating data into relevant insights and practical solutions

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Program and Organizational Evaluation Certificate

The demand for individuals with skills in program evaluation has grown dramatically over the past decade. Increasingly, organizations are looking for these important skills when hiring program managers. The ability to effectively evaluate the benefits and costs derived from new programs, provides feedback for program improvement and growth. A new cadre of individuals trained in planning and executing evaluations is needed to assist sponsoring agencies, funders, and programs generate this useful information.

The certificate in Program and Organizational Evaluation is designed for professionals who wish to develop competence in the design and implementation of effective evaluation strategies, as well as in the interpretation and communication of data. Individuals will learn practical skills that can be put to use in a wide range of fields, including education, government, social service, public health, community development, corporate, and environmental areas.

This interdisciplinary certificate is offered in collaboration with the Data Analytics program and the Departments of EducationUrban and Environmental Policy and PlanningChild Study and Human Development. It is available in a hybrid format combining in-person and online courses as well as a fully in-person format. 

Who Should Apply?

The program is open to individuals with a bachelor's degree and professional experience in a particular field. For example, it is appropriate for agency directors and administrators, program managers and staff, foundation project officers, policy analysts, community organizers and advocates, human resources professionals, and educators.

For more information, email or contact the Faculty Certificate Program Advisor, Laurie Goldman.
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Faculty members vary by semester. Certificate faculty members come from Tufts Departments of EducationUrban and Environmental Policy and PlanningChild Study and Human Development as well as the Data Analytics program. 

Application Deadline

Spring: September 15 (international applicants) and December 15 (domestic applicants)
Fall: June 1 (international applicants) and August 1 (domestic applicants)

Application Requirements

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Essay
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test, if applicable
> Transcripts
> One Letter of Recommendation



Certificate students pay a course rate for each required certificate course of $998 per credit (2020-2021). Students in a certificate program may be eligible for Stafford Loan assistance. Contact the Student Financial Services Office at (617) 627-2000 for more information. 


The certificate requires twelve credits. Most courses are three credits. Courses in statistics, data analysis, and research methods are offered by several departments. Course substitutions can be made with the approval of the certificate faculty adviser.

  1. Foundation course: Program Evaluation (UEP 256) (also CD 247)
  2. Advanced Survey Design and Evaluation
    Students will gain skills in advanced survey design including but not limited to questionnaire construction, and scientific sampling. They will also learn how to design questions to minimize the risk of eliciting response effects that might lead to to biased results. Topics covered include: question wording and order effects, response options, the interview setting, and the interpretation of survey responses. 
  3. Communicating with Data (DATA 220)
    Students will develop skills in the communication, visualization and analyses of data. Three broad areas will be examined regarding how to turn data and results into narratives that can be presented. These formats include written, graphical and presentational methods and how to design each for different audiences. The fundamentals and rhetoric underlying each of these types of communication and tips for making them highly effective will be covered.
  4. Advanced Program Evaluation
    Students will delve deeper into the various approaches for evaluating programs and will have the opportunity to design a proposal and work on a real program evaluation project.