The Claremont Evaluation Center is the home of a range of major projects and initiatives related to the practice and profession of evaluation.

The CEC organizes and delivers annual Professional Development Workshops in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods, Webinars discussing the latest topics in evaluation, the Certificate of Advanced Study in Evaluation, and the MA and PhD programs specializing in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Evaluation

Claremont Graduate University offers one of the leading certificate programs in the world for the Advanced Study of Evaluation. In intimate-scale cohorts with a very favorable student-faculty ratio, participants build and renew their knowledge and skills in the rapidly expanding field of Evaluation. Advanced methodologies for conducting evaluation and the intersection of evaluation theory and research with on-the-ground practice are covered in depth. The program culminates with a practicum experience tailored to the current practice or research interests of each student.

For more information, please visit the Evaluation Certificate Program page.

MA and PhD in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods

Since the late 1960s, the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University has been a leader in providing graduate education in evaluation and applied research methods for “real world” settings. We offer a PhD concentration in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods, and a MA co-concentration in Evaluation combined with another area of study (e.g., Policy, Organizational Behavior, Health Behavior, etc).

Information about the PhD program
Information about the MA co-concentrations

The Evaluators’ Institute

As a provider of professional training and certification, The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI) delivers capacity building that evaluators need to succeed. TEI has trained over 10,000 professionals since 1996. TEI joined the Claremont Evaluation Center family of initiatives in 2016.

Follow this link to the TEI website.

CEC Fellows

This initiative provides cutting-edge services for organizations in the broader Los Angeles area. DBOS Fellows are advanced students from a range of specializations (e.g., Evaluation and Applied Research Methods, Organizational Behavior, Positive Developmental Psychology, etc.), and all bring with them a very strong methodological background. DBOS Fellows work with the partner organization for approximately 12-15 hours per week for three months, and can assist with a wide range of tasks, such as program evaluation, data collection and analysis, grantwriting, and other tasks as needed. DBOS fellows are selected based on exceptional performance in both the classroom and on supervised projects, and they are nominated based on their fit with your organizational needs. To be considered as a placement site and to discuss the requirements for participating, please email

Faster Forward Fund

The Faster Forward Fund is used to help support important cutting-edge projects designed to accelerate the theory and/or practice of evaluation. In particular, the funds are to be used to 1) develop ideas (e.g., concepts, methods, meetings, symposia) that show promise for significantly accelerating evaluation overall or one of its subfields; 2) support highly original, “out of the box,” and “long shot” proposals. Additional weight will be given to project proposals that show special promise to benefit people with serious unmet needs. The Faster Forward Fund was made possible by a generous gift from Michael Scriven, to be administered by the Claremont Evaluation Center.

Click here for more information.

Research and Jobs Coordinator

The Claremont Evaluation Center’s Research and Jobs Coordinator is Matthew Higgins. The focus of this position is to connect members of the CEC with exciting and innovative opportunities, and to help develop strategic partnerships. These can range from one-time consultations to multi-year evaluation projects, or even internships for our evaluation-focused master’s or doctoral students. If you would like to share an opportunity with the CEC, please email



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Claremont Evaluation Center

Claremont Graduate University
175 E. 12th Street
Claremont, CA 91711