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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Evaluation Research - JSM480
Title: Evaluation Research
Guaranteed by: Department of Sociology (23-KS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2015
Semester: winter
Points: 8
E-Credits: 8
Examination process: winter s.:combined
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/0 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (40)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D.
Last update: Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D. (29.12.2016)
Course objectives are:
a) To understand the nature and purpose of evaluation
b) To learn evaluation concepts/vocabulary/terminology
c) To understand wide array of evaluation theory and practice
d) To grasp fundamental methodology of evaluation
e) To understand the key distinctions between evaluation and social surveys, monitoring, auditing, etc.
Aim of the course
Last update: Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D. (08.01.2020)

Aim of the course is to provide students with key principles of evaluation. The course will help students to understand the nature and rationale of evaluations, its methodology and utilization. Students will gain substantial knowledge on methods of evaluations, on topics that are usually evaluated and other issues concerning the evaluations. Special attention is paid to evaluation-specific topics like e.g. stakeholders involvement, logic model, theory of change and meta-evaluation.

Course completion requirements
Last update: Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D. (08.01.2020)

Students are required to complete the final paper on one of the evaluation model, approach or system. The paper should describe, explain and critically appraise the concept of student choice. For successful completion of the paper students should demonstrate the knowledge of relevant model, approach or system and its context; students also should provide its critical appraisal. Core of the paper should not be descriptive; students are expected to provide the main advantages and disadvantages and opportunities and limitations of the model, approach or system.



91-100 points = grade A

81-90 points = grade B

71-80 points = grade C

61-70 points = grade D

51-60 points = grade E

< 50 points = not passed (F)

Last update: doc. Mgr. Martin Hájek, Ph.D. (06.12.2019)

Obligatory reading:
Rossi, P.H., Lipsey, M.W., Freeman, H.E., 2004. Evaluation. A Systematic Approach. London, Sage Publications

Recommended reading:
Berk, R.A., Rossi, P.H., 1999. Thinking About Program Evaluation 2. London, Sage Publishing
Clark, A., 1999. Evaluation Research. London, Sage Publications
Fitzpatrick, J.L., Morris, M. (eds.), 1999. Current and Emerging Ethical Challenges in Evaluation. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass Publishers
Guba, E.G., Lincoln, Y.S., 1989. Fourth Generation Evaluation. London, Sage Publishing
Owen, J.M., 2006. Program Evaluation. Forms and Approaches. New York, The Guilford Press
Scriven, M., 1991. Evaluation Thesaurus. London, Sage Publishing

Teaching methods
Last update: Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D. (29.12.2016)
Teaching methods are:
1. Lectures; discussions
2. Final paper
Course does not have any pre-requisites; even though knowledge about social science research methods is useful. This course is relatively easy to follow (there are no computations; no memorizing of dozens of terms/definitions; no abstract theories).
Last update: doc. Mgr. Martin Hájek, Ph.D. (03.12.2019)


  1. Introduction to evaluation; principles of evaluative thinking

  2. Subjects of evaluation; projects, programs, policies, etc.

  3. Criteria used in evaluation (efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, etc.)

  4. Dealing with stakeholders in evaluations

  5. Logic models

  6. Types of evaluations

  7. Evaluation of results

  8. Selected evaluation models

  9. Most important evaluation approaches

  10. Current issues in evaluation methodology

  11. Ethics of evaluations and evaluation standards (usefulness, feasibility, suitability, accuracy)

  12. Meta-evaluation; rationale of meta-evaluation and overview of key methodological approaches

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