NCLEX® Program Reports

Professional Development Seminars

310 - An Introduction to Program Evaluation

Registration fee: $100.00

Upcoming Dates: October 4, 2021, 10 AM - 1 PM Pacific Time

Delivered by Shawn Higgins, Ph.D., RN, CHC, faculty member and NCLEX® Program Reports Panel of Nursing Experts panelist and Brian Bontempo, Ph.D., Founder and Principal Consultant with Mountain Measurement, Inc. 

Prerequisites and Target Audience

This web-based seminar is intended for educators and administrators with 0 to 3 years of experience participating in program evaluation.


The purpose of this seminar is to provide a primer on program evaluation for new nurse educators or those with little experience participating in program evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon seminar completion, participants:

  • can describe the guiding principles and fundamental concepts of evaluation.
  • value data-driven program evaluation methods.
  • are familiar with some tools to cultivate a culture of continuous program improvement.
  • can describe their program's evaluation activities for each level of the Kirkpatrick Model.
  • can describe an evaluation study, its benefits, and situations for which it would be advisable to conduct one.
  • can describe systematic program evaluation activities and actions they can take to support their program's evaluation efforts.
  • are aware of organizations, conferences, and resources pertaining to program evaluation.


The NCLEX® Program Reports 310 Seminar is delivered as a 100-minute lecture and a 20-minute Question and Answer session. Participants are expected to independently complete a 15-minute end-of-course assessment immediately after the seminar concludes.


The topics covered during the NCLEX® Program Reports 310 Seminar are:

  1. Program Evaluation 101
    1. Definition
    2. Who, where, when, why, how?
    3. Attitudes about program evaluation
    4. Guiding principles
    5. Fundamental concepts of evaluation
    6. Evaluation requirements for program accreditation
  2. Data-driven Program Evaluation
    1. The value of data-driven program evaluation
    2. Data-driven decision making
    3. Overcoming barriers to implementation
  3. Creating A Culture of Program Improvement
    1. Complexity science framework
    2. Strategies for culture change
  4. The Kirkpatrick Model
    1. Overview of the model
    2. Evaluation strategies for each level
  5. Program Evaluation Studies
    1. Definition
    2. Benefits
    3. Triggers
  6. The systematic program evaluation process
    1. Program evaluation steps
    2. Program evaluation cycle
    3. Program components
  7. The World of Evaluation
    1. American Evaluation Association (AEA)
    2. Evaluation conferences
    3. Evaluation journal


All participants are encouraged to have a copy of the CCNE Standards, ACEN Standards, or CNEA Standards.

Continuing Education

2.25 contact hours are awarded through the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider Number ABNP1516 Expires 2/4/2025) to all individuals completing the seminar and the end-of-course assessment.


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