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Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation for a Sustainable Future

Key features of this course:

  • The opportunity to learn how to plan and deliver a professional evaluation in the context of the three pillars of sustainable development
  • Increased understanding of what constitutes best practice in evaluation
  • Valuable professional evaluation experience, demonstrable to prospective employers
  • The chance to make a difference through a real world, team evaluation project
  • Contact with experienced and effective evaluation and sustainable development practitioners

The Bulmer Foundation’s postgraduate courses are delivered in partnership between the University of Worcester and the Bulmer Foundation and the PG Cert in Evaluation for a Sustainable Future may be taken over one or two years. Students are also welcome to take individual modules for personal or professional development.

Throughout the course each student is supported by a small team of academic staff and the input of expert practitioners. Students are also able to access a wide range of support and services through the University of Worcester.

Expertise in evaluation theory and practice is increasingly important today where social, environmental and economic impacts are of paramount importance in ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.

The introduction of the Social Value Act (2012) means there is a greater emphasis on measurement and monetisation of outcomes and impacts for work commissioned by the public sector.

Third sector organisations and businesses are now required to provide robust evidence of the impacts of their work in order to secure and retain contracts.

In the business world, corporate social responsibility means that there is pressure on all companies to demonstrate their ethical and responsible practices.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation for a Sustainable future aims to provide a sound foundation in evaluation theory at the same time as allowing students to develop their professional skills through research and real-world projects.

Graduates of the programme are expected to go on to pursue or develop successful careers in a wide range of organisations, supporting them to be more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and will be well positioned to play a key role in the move to a more sustainable future.

 


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Entry requirements

The Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation for a Sustainable Future is an inter-disciplinary course. We therefore welcome applications from those with a good first degree across a wide range of subjects. We will also consider applicants without a degree who have equivalent professional experience.

Note that the Postgraduate Certificate must be completed within two academic years.


Study options

Get in touch

Christianne Wakeham, Postgraduate Programmes Leader

T: 01432 378409 M: 07770 644270

Email: c.wakeham@worc.ac.uk

Course content

Modules

Evaluation – An Introduction

This module provides you with an in depth introduction to the concept of evaluation in the context of the three pillars of sustainable development. In addition to gaining a thorough understanding of different approaches, you will examine the need for robust evaluation to inform successful policy making, commissioning and procurement. You will be assessed through a review of a set piece of literature and an academic report comparing and contrasting evaluation methodologies.

Communicating Impacts

In this module you will research an evaluation topic of your choice and investigate different ways of communicating the outcomes and impacts of interventions and activities. You will demonstrate your skills through a series of assessments. You will design, present and defend an academic poster or web page. Working in a small group, you will organise and deliver a public event or webinar, presenting on an evaluation theme and reflecting on your experience during the module. The final assessment is to complete a reflective diary, critically analysing your personal, academic and professional development during your studies.

Evaluation in Practice

The Evaluation in Practice module will allow you to put your growing knowledge and experience into practice at the same time as making a real difference on behalf of an external organisation. You will work with a small team of colleagues to complete a live project evaluation of local, regional or national importance. You will then make a formal presentation to your tutors, your host and other professionals. This is a challenging module that will develop your leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and evaluation skills.


You will learn how to

The Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation for a Sustainable Future comprises three 20 credit modules and the programme will be delivered through a blend of intensive study schools, online activities and self-directed study.

You will have the opportunity to work on live, real world projects, allowing you to make a difference whilst developing your academic and professional skills.

Assessment

Assessment is by coursework, which is varied and relevant to the development of professional and academic skills. Types of assessment will include academic reports, presentations and a real-world team evaluation projects

Employability

Expertise in evaluation theory and practice is increasingly important today where social, environmental and economic impacts are of paramount importance in ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.

Through successful completion of this programme you will develop a thorough understanding of evaluation methods, as well as the high level professional and academic skills necessary to support a wide range of organisations to be financially, socially and environmentally sustainable and to cascade best practice across the public, private and third sectors.

Not only will you have a great opportunity to network with prospective employers but you will also be able to build a portfolio of real-world professional practice evidence to showcase your skills into the future.

As a result you will be highly employable and well positioned to play a key role in the move to a more sustainable future.

How to apply

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a place, use the application form here.

If you would like to have a chat about study options, please contact:

Christianne Wakeham, Postgraduate Programmes Leader

T: 01432 378409 M: 07770 644270

Email: c.wakeham@worc.ac.uk

How to apply

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