Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on course work. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth. 

Program Evaluation and Statistics introduces students to program evaluation as an important piece of public program delivery and management. It introduces the concepts of program evaluation, including different methods of collecting information and program evaluation, and the pros and cons of each method. You will also be introduced to statistical analysis as it applies to program evaluation.

The course ends with an assignment that gives the student some practical experience in administering a survey.

Course Outline

Week 1: Student Introductions

Week 2: Introduction to Program Evaluation

Week 3: Introduction to Statistics and Assignment 1

Week 4: Introduction to Statistical Analysis

Week 5: Discussion 1

Week 6: Assignment 2

Week 7: Continuation of Statistical Analysis

Week 8: Discussion 2 and Assignment 3

Week 9: Introduction to Measurement

Week 10: Assignment 4

Week 11: Assignment 4

Week 12: Assignment 4

What You Will Learn

Students who successfully complete this course will understand the general concepts of program evaluation and statistical analysis. This will enable the student to better initiate and/or assist a consultant with a program evaluation project. The student will be better able to identify important factors in public program service delivery, and possibly identify ways to measure them. Perhaps most importantly, the student will gain some practical experience in administering a survey, one of the most common methods of data collection.


Enrolment in this course automatically enrols you into the Certificate in Fire Service Administration. There is no obligation to complete the certificate requirements.

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The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.


This course is one of six required courses in the Certificate in Fire Service Administration program. The Certificate in Fire Service Leadership program is a prerequisite to the CFSA program.

Prerequisite: Completion of the "Certificate in Fire Service Leadership"

Recommended For

This course is recommended for any student who is:

  • passionate about public service program delivery.
  • interested in identifying methods of evaluating and improving public service programs.
  • seeking to better understand the use of statistics in program evaluation.
  • looking to gain practical experience in the administration of a survey to better understand the pros and cons of a popular method of program evaluation.
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Section Title
Program Evaluation and Statistics
Online - Self-Paced
Jan 05, 2024 to Mar 29, 2024
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,045.00
Required Software
Students will require a webcam and microphone to participate in live sessions.
Section Notes

Note: We are closed from December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024 inclusive. Access credentials to the course site in Brightspace may be delayed for those who enrol during this time period. 

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. The syllabus will be available on the course site. The course site on Brightspace will be available from 4:00 PM AT on the course start date.

Scheduled sessions: students who are unable to attend live sessions will be able to view a recorded version. Days and times of scheduled meetings will be announced at a future date. 

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