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Leading Successful Programs: Using Evidence to Assess Effectiveness (Online)

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Program Director: Cindy Wong
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View detail for the online program here.

Executive Certificate: This program is part of the Economic Development, Nonprofit Leadership, Public Leadership and Public Policy Executive Certificate series.
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.

In all organizations, managers like you are under increasing pressure to prove their programs—and, by extension, their leadership—are effective. But what constitutes reliable and valid evidence of effectiveness and how can it be generated to assess a program’s effectiveness? What data should be collected? How should managers use it?

Leading Successful Programs: Using Evidence to Assess Effectiveness is an executive program that will help you answer these critical questions. We will challenge you to rethink your programs' goals and reassess how you gather, evaluate and use data to determine their effectiveness. The curriculum will also equip you with the tools you need to design policy and implement more effective programs.

Better Decisions Mean Better Programs

Designed by Harvard Kennedy School faculty, Leading Successful Programs considers many types of evaluations—including design, process and impact—as well a wide range of methodologies. Special attention is paid to the use of data from evaluations and other types of evidence to help you provide better leadership and make more effective decisions about your programs.

Hear from Faculty Chair Dan Levy

Professor Dan Levy discusses Making Learning Memorable in this Master Class.

In its goal to help you understand how to measure and evaluate program effectiveness, this one-week executive education program will equip you with:

  • A framework for thinking about various types of evidence—from benchmarking and performance measurement to impact evaluation—and their relationship to one another
  • Methods for analyzing administrative data to identify potential points for intervention to improve long-term goals
  • Tools to measure the effectiveness of your program as well as strategies for generating short- and longer-term assessments of the impact of your programs on participants
  • Tactics for integrating qualitative and quantitative data to assess a program's effectiveness
  • A deeper understanding of how to make decisions about the best way to spend your limited research budget