A Co-Learning Model for Community-Engaged Program Evaluation

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Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action

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Winter 2016


Objectives: The development, implementation, and assessment of a masters-level program evaluation course designed to train future and current leaders of community-based organizations (CBOs) is described.

Background: In addition to sending students “out” into the community, staff from local community organizations were invited “in” to the classroom to take the course alongside students. Community partners selected a specific evaluation need within their organization that teams could address. The “final” for the course involved creating a comprehensive evaluation plan for each organization to implement.

Methods: Student course evaluations and semistructured interviews with community partners were conducted and analyzed to assess how course goals were met. Results/Lessons Learned: The course goals were met, the partnering experience was highly valued, and insightful improvements were suggested.

Conclusions: This program evaluation course provides an innovative, effective, flexible, and replicable partnership practice model that builds student skills and community capacity in evaluation research.


Amie Thurber was affiliated with Vanderbilt University at the time of publication.

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