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 the American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) program, e-Learning Initiatives, the annual Professional Development Workshops in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods, the Certificate of Advanced Study in Evaluation, and the MA and PhD programs specializing in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods.
AEA’s GEDI Program
The AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) program works to engage and support students from groups traditionally under-represented in the field of evaluation. Interns come from a variety of disciplines, including public health, education, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, and the natural sciences. Their commonality is a strong background in research skills, an interest in extending their capacities to the field of evaluation, and a commitment to thinking deeply about culturally responsive evaluation practice. GEDI interns meet several times throughout the year for training related to the culturally-responsive practice of evaluation.
For more information about the GEDI program, click here.
The CEC has partnered with the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation, UNICEF, and the Rockefeller Foundation to develop and implement a free series of webinars on Equity-Focused Evaluations and Emerging Practices in Development Evaluation. Individuals that complete the 33 webinar series will be eligible for a certificate of completion. This e-Learning initiative is free, and available to anyone with an active internet connection.
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.
Professional Development Workshops in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods
This longstanding series provides practical and theoretical training in evaluation and applied research through one-day workshops, taught by academics and practitioners from across the globe. Previous years have consistently brought hundreds of participants to Claremont from across the globe, representing an exciting cross-section of the private and public sectors. In recent years, we have expanded our offerings to provide extensive online participation to make these workshops even more accessible. We are pleased to announce that almost all the workshops are offered online as well as in-person!
More information about the workshops is available online.
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.
More information about the Evaluation Certificate program is available online or by emailing Kathleen.Doll@cgu.edu.
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).
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 Sherry.Nissen@cgu.edu.
Research and Jobs Coordinator
The Claremont Evaluation Center’s Research and Jobs Coordinator is Christopher Chen. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 8,000 professionals since 1996. TEI joined the Claremont Evaluation Center family of initiatives in 2016.
Follow this link to the TEI website.
Claremont Evaluation Center – New York
CEC-NY is the New York extension of the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC), the leading institution for evaluation training, research, and consulting, headquartered at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. CEC-NY supports the university’s certificate and degree training programs, but it also provides more than rigorous coursework. CEC-NY is uniquely aligned to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Follow this link to the CEC-NY website.