310 - An Introduction to Program Evaluation

This is the first course offered as part of the Program Evaluation Series. The Program Evaluation Series is intended to provide educators and administrators with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to participate in and lead program evaluation activities at their organization.

Registration fee: $100.00

Upcoming Dates: Monday October 4, 2021, 10 AM - Noon Pacific Time

Delivered by Shawn Higgins, Ph.D., RN, CHC, Dean of Academic Affairs at Chamberlain University Las Vegas and Brian Bontempo, Ph.D., Founder and Principal Consultant with Mountain Measurement, Inc. More info about the faculty members teaching this course is available in the faculty section of the "Find out More" page.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. This web-based course is intended for educators and administrators with 0 to 3 years of experience participating in program evaluation.


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

Learning Outcomes

Upon course 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 Course is delivered as a 100-minute synchronous, web-based experience which includes a mix of lecture, individual and small group activities, and a 20-minute Question and Answer session. Participants are expected to independently complete a 15-minute end-of-course assessment immediately after the course concludes.



The topics covered during the NCLEX® Program Reports 310 Course 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 course and the end-of-course assessment.