• Performance Evaluation & Measurement

    The Performance Evaluation & Measurement certificate curriculum is structured specifically for individuals who would like to improve their existing skills, for staff for whom performance measurement and evaluation is a newly acquired duty, or for public agency leaders who are responsible for new evidence-based practice initiatives, evaluation, and measurement, and need an understanding of the processes and resources needed to make these efforts succeed. This includes internal data use to improve practice. The curriculum is intended to complement organizational strategic planning, emphasizing the use of information to enhance decision-making.

    Lack of capacity to perform quality analyses of agency performance is often at the heart of failed initiatives. This curriculum is intended to address this need in an age when public agencies have to measure, report, continuously improve, and evaluate their performance more than ever before. This certificate is distinct from other evaluation certificates offered elsewhere in that it has a strategic focus on evaluation and performance-measurement capacity-building with an emphasis on practice improvement. Any two-day session can be taken as a seminar*

    Certificate Topics

    The program consists of the following seven core modules:

    Session 1: Intro to evaluation, measurement and evaluation capacity building; ethics in measurement, keeping data safe, community-engaged and translational research

    Session 2: Role of internal consultation, performance measurement basics, paradigms (Modernism/Postmodernism), balancing measurement approaches

    Session 3: Secondary data use and analysis, basics of descriptive and inferential statistics

    Session 4: Cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit analysis, "Place" theories and GIS

    Session 5: Communicating research, grant-writing basics

    Session 6: Contracting vs. in-house services, contracting and monitoring functions, hiring external evaluation and academic

    Session 7: Project planning basics, assembling a "toolkit," references and resources, project presentations and peer feedback

    Program at a Glance

    Students complete ninety hours of training to receive the Performance Evaluation & Measurement Certificate from the Hamline University School of Business Public Administration program and 8 Continuing Studies credits. The program is deliberately scheduled to span two calendar years so the cost of certification is spread over two budget cycles. Cost for the program is $2,800.

    Time Requirements

    Participants commit to six two-day sessions starting in September.


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    Each session will be scheduled as follows:

    Thursday sessions:  Noon - 6 p.m.
    Friday sessions:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Seminar Option

    Credits: *No certificate or credit is available for the seminar option.
    Cost: $400 per two-day session

    Degree Candidacy

    All participants are eligible to earn the certificate and Continuing Studies credits regardless of prior academic experience. Eligible students who wish to earn master's level elective credits toward the Master of Arts in Public Administration at Hamline University must meet the requirements for admission to the Hamline School of Business and complete additional academic work in the class.

    About The Instructor

    Anita Larson currently works as a Data Policy Manager at the Minnesota Department of Education. She leads the construction of the state’s first early childhood longitudinal data system for tracking short- and long-term outcomes and supporting research on public investments in children. She earned her doctorate in Public Administration from Hamline University in 2013, holds a masters in Human and Health Services Administration from Saint Mary’s University, and a bachelors in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. Anita began her career as a case worker for public social and economic programs, but she has spent most of her time in planning and evaluation and conducting research using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and is working on a project in academic-public agency research collaboration. She teaches Research Methods and Foundations in Public Administration in the Hamline School of Business.