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Applied Causal Evaluation of Policy & Innovation Graduate Certificate

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An Online Graudate Certificate for Education Policy and Program Evaluation

The Applied Causal Evaluation of Policy and Innovation Graduate Certificate is designed for current or prospective P-20 administrators, teacher leaders, policymakers, policy analysts, or other education stakeholders in public, non-profit, and private sectors who are committed to making data-informed decisions to improve outcomes for students. This program has an applied focus, with an intuitive rather than technical approach to statistics.

Through a series of 1- and 2-credit online courses delivered by UNC's Education Innovation Institute (EII), participants will master four key certificate objectives:

  1. Deduce appropriate lessons from existing applied education research to inform practice in their local context;
  2. Identify the key design elements of a low-cost, rigorous causal evaluation;
  3. Interpret findings and match communication strategies to the appropriate audiences;
  4. Apply local evaluation findings to inform continuous improvement and strategic investments.

Data-Driven Evidence for Continuous Improvement

There is not a comparable offering for the applied skills and outcomes you will receive through this program! This practical certificate program will provide educators, policy-makers and advocates with the knowledge and opportunity to manage high-quality, rigorous evaluations of education programs and policies. Assignments will be practical and connect the course material with your particular needs and setting. You are encouraged to consider an intervention for your local context for course activities in order to push for systematic change.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
9 months (Late Aug. through May)
$700/credit hour
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Program Coordinator:

Dr. Kristin Klopfenstein


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