EVA1: Introduction to Evaluation - Course Outline


Evidence-based practice, which includes evaluation, is a cornerstone of public health. Public health practitioners have varying levels of engagement with evaluation from conducting or managing an evaluation to assessing, communicating and using evaluation findings. This course will introduce you to the major types and approaches of evaluation and stakeholder involvement. Learning activities focus on the steps of the evaluation process including logic model development, evaluation planning, data collection, and reporting. It aims to increase your evaluation literacy so that you can bring an enhanced understanding of the conduct of an evaluation to your work.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Content from this course builds on content from PHP2: Evidence-Based Public Health Practice and complements the more detailed content of SUR2: Communicating Data Effectively. Data analysis is not covered in detail in this course. Additional resources on quantitative and qualitative data analysis are listed in the course. If you are interested in learning more about data analysis, STA1: Introduction to Biostatistics is recommended as a follow up course.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will have an:


Successful completion of this course contributes to the attainment of the following Core Competencies for Public Health In Canada:

The Learning Process

This course is divided into seven lessons, and includes assignments and discussion forum activities. Each lesson ends with a self‐assessment test. You will have eight weeks to complete the 29-37 hours of work required (about 3‐5 hours per week is suggested; see the learning schedule below).

A trained online facilitator, knowledgeable in public health, is assigned to your group to provide support and guidance. The facilitator is available to answer content‐related questions, provide feedback on assignments, and encourage discussion among participants through discussion forums.

EVA1 Learning Schedule

This schedule is a guide to help you pace yourself as you go through the course. Please aim to complete the discussion activities "in sync" with the other learners.

Time Period Material Estimated # of hours
Week 1

Getting Started: what you need to know and do

  • Check to make sure you can access all parts of the course site.
  • Review material
  • Introduce yourself and respond to fellow learners on the Discussion Forum: Welcome to Introduction to Evaluation

Lesson 1: Uses of Evaluation in Public Health

  • Complete Lesson 1
  • Complete Discussion Activity 1
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 1
3-4 hours
Week 2

Lesson 2: Types of Evaluation and Approaches

  • Complete Lesson 2
  • Complete Discussion Activity 2
  • Complete Assignment 1
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 2
4-5 hours
Week 3

Lesson 3: Logic Models

  • Complete Lesson 3
3-4 hours
Week 4

Lesson 3: Logic Models

  • Complete Assignment 2
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 3
3-4 hours

Week 5

Lesson 4: Evaluation Plans

  • Complete Discussion Activity 3
  • Complete Assignment 3
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 4
5-6 hours
Week 6

Lesson 5: Data Collection

  • Complete Lesson 5
  • Complete Assignment 4
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 5
5-6 hours
Week 7

Lesson 6: Presenting Findings and Developing Recommendations

  • Complete Lesson 6
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 6

Lesson 7: Reporting and Utilization

  • Start Lesson 7
  • Complete Discussion Activity 4
3-4 hours
Week 8

Lesson 7: Reporting and Utilization

  • Finish Lesson 7
  • Complete Discussion Activity 5
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 7

Finishing Up

  • Ensure you have completed all parts of the course, have submitted all assignments and completed discussion activities.
  • Complete final Feedback Survey
3-4 hours
Total: 29-37 hours

Course Features


The lessons in this course utilize a mix of text, figures and links to websites to:

Discussion Forums

Discussion forums are integral to the course. Messages can be posted and read on the forum system whenever convenient — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Assignments feature in all the courses, allowing you to reflect on the course content and to apply some of the concepts and principles to your work as a public health practitioner.

The four assignments in this course ask you to:

  1. identify potential stakeholders for a program evaluation, identify their information needs, and suggest engagement activities;
  2. develop your own program logic model;
  3. build an evaluation framework including evaluation questions and indicators;
  4. identify appropriate data collection methods.

Assignments are usually one or two pages in length. Your facilitator will review, grade and provide individual feedback for each assignment. An incomplete assignment is returned with your facilitator’s comments and a request to resubmit.


Following each lesson you will be able to complete a short quiz to evaluate your understanding of the subject matter presented within each lesson. You will receive automatic feedback on your performance.


Successful completion of this course requires you to:

  1. complete all activities within the prescribed time frame for each;

  2. receive a satisfactory rating for all four assignments;
  3. participate in each of the five discussion forums;
  4. complete the final feedback survey questionnaire.


Participants receive a certificate from the Public Health Agency of Canada upon successful completion of the course.


Participants receive a certificate from the Public Health Agency of Canada upon successful completion of the course.

Registration information is available at Skills Online-Register For Courses page. Note: you must be registered and logged in to access the registration page.

Note: Completion of this course contributes to the following Learning Pathcertificates: