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OISE offers the Greater Toronto Area’s only comprehensive graduate-level training in program evaluation.

In this interdisciplinary theme, you can access OISE’s unparalleled resources across three academic departments. From its renowned faculty’s research expertise to its longstanding community organization partnerships, with this theme you will learn both the theory and practice of program evaluation.

The teachings within this theme are consistent with the competency requirements for credentialing with the Canadian Evaluation Society.


What is Program Evaluation?

  • the systematic inquiry into the processes and/or outcomes of goal-oriented programs (for example, public health or educational programs).


Why should I consider theming my degree in Program Evaluation?

  • Program evaluation is a dynamic profession where researchers can apply their skills to real-world problems and positively impact today’s pressing issues.
  • Program evaluation as a career is growing rapidly both in Canada and worldwide.


What will I learn?

Building on theory, evaluators:

  • Collect data that can be as wide-ranging as an organization’s mission statement, stakeholders’ perceptions, and numeric data around program success
  • Analyze that data to assess the effectiveness of organizational activities in reaching the intended goal


Degree Earned: Master of Education in Developmental Psychology & Education

Program Length: Usually 1.5 years, with a maximum of 3 years

Degree Elements: 10 courses (two are required courses) including a practicum


While students may organize their study of Program Evaluation from any department, there are good reasons to enter through the MEd DPE program in the Department of APHD.

  • Many intervention programs currently operating in communities are based on psychological theories of change (e.g., education, substance abuse, health and wellness behaviours)
  • Understanding psychological theory enables evaluators to better serve (and better understand) their clients. In addition, APHD provides an array of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodology courses that prepares graduates to have the cutting-edge skills needed for success in today’s market
  • This theme's practicum provides opportunities for professional learning and reflection


No background in psychology is needed to apply for the this degree theme. The two required courses for the DPE MEd program will provide substantive psychological theory content.

For your 8 elective courses, you may take relevant courses in APHD as well as methods courses offered in OISE’s three other departments.


In addition to your two required courses, you may take relevant elective courses in APHD as well as courses offered in OISE's other departments.

Program Evaluation and relevant courses in APHD may include:

APD3202H A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences
This course introduces program evaluation, which systematically investigates the process, effectiveness, and outcomes of educational, psychological, and social science-related programs. Students learn the craft of program evaluation at various stages, including critically appraising evaluation research, assessing program needs, developing a logic model, evaluating the process and outcomes of the program, evaluating efficiency, dealing with ethical issues, warranting evaluation claims, and communicating with stakeholders.

APD1292H Instrument Design and Analysis
Introduction to the theory and practice of educational and psychological measurement. Topics include test development, classical test theory and item response theory, with applications to norm-referenced and criterion-referenced standardized achievement tests, group intelligence and aptitude tests, attitude and self-report scales, personality tests, performance assessments, questionnaires, and interview protocols.

APD1293H Applied Research Design and Data Analysis
This seminar focuses on the cooperative critiquing and development of research designs and data analysis plans based on ongoing work of the students in the course. We also discuss selected topics in research design and data analysis, e.g. balanced incomplete block experimental designs, replicated survey designs, exploratory analysis, general linear models, optimal and multidimensional scaling, data visualization, and computerized research design, data analysis, and graphical methods and tools.


APD1289H Multivariate Analysis with Applications
Multistage, stratified sampling, multi-factor experimental designs, and multivariate statistical procedures, including multiple regression analysis, multivariate significance tests, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, canonical analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, logistic regression and log-linear analysis are discussed with application to research design and data analysis.


APD3201H Qualitative Research Methods in Human Development & Applied Psychology 
This course provides an overview of qualitative research methodology and techniques, including major philosophy of science, historical, and contemporary (critical, postmodern, hermeneutic, constructivist and feminist) perspectives. Ethnographic, life history, individual and multiple case study, and focus group methods will be reviewed in relation to a narrative framework. Observational, interview, personal record, and archival data management will be discussed.


APD3228H Mixed Methods Research Designs in Social Sciences
Mixed methods research is increasingly being used as an alternative to the traditional mono-method ways of conceiving and implementing inquiries in education and social sciences. Students will be introduced to various mixed methods designs that link research purpose with methodologies and integrate findings from qualitative and quantitative methods. This course covers various phases of mixed methods research, including theoretical frameworks of mixed methods research designs, strategic mixed methods sampling, data collection methods, and integrative data analysis strategies.

APD2230H Designing Educational Programs
The main goal of this course is to help students learn how to plan educational programs that can accommodate a variety of students and achieve a variety of learning goals.

APD1241H Outcomes of Early Education and Child Care
Does early childhood education make a difference? If so, for whom are those differences? Are those differences, if any, lasting? How do we know? This course will explore these issues; we will examine a variety of early childhood programs, historical and contemporary, and the research and evaluation studies related to them.


Additional Program Evaluation courses at OISE




All applicants to the MEd in Developmental Psychology & Education program are eligible to apply to theme their degree in Program Evaluation.

Application Requirements:

To be considered for the Program Evaluation theme, applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements for the MEd DPE degree.

Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the DPE MEd program or the Program Evaluation theme.

How to Apply:

In your application to the DPE MEd program, please state your interest in the Program Evaluation theme in the letter of intent. 


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