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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

Who is eligible for this theme?

All OISE students are eligible to pursue any of the course themes.

How do I get started?

There is no formal application process, as course themes are simpy an informal way to guide your course selection.

If you are a DPE MEd student and choose to pursue any MEd Theme, the normal application process applies. We ask that you indicate interest in your letter of intent as part of the DPE MEd program application 

Then, when choosing your electives, simply use the list below or on the OISE MEd Theme page to learn about different courses available in a given theme.



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


In addition to the two required courses for the MEd DPE program, you may take relevant elective courses in APHD as well as courses offered in OISE's other departments.

An example of some Program Evaluation courses that are regularly offered in APHD are listed below.

Please note:

  • The OISE Themes page lists additional Program Evaluation courses offered through other departments. 

  • Please check the Office of the Registrar and Student Services schedule to see exact course offerings each year.

Program Evaluation and relevant courses in APHD may include:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Additional Program Evaluation courses at OISE