ESS528 Designing Program Evaluation for Inclusive Education Settings (8)


This subject builds capacity in the design of program evaluation at AQF level 9 for applied educational settings. Students will identify an evidence-based programmatic practice and build the evaluation design in readiness to implement a program evaluation. This includes:
• defining the object of the evaluation
• conducting a targeted literature review
• developing evaluation questions
• building a methodology
The subject is paired with ESS529 which is focused on following the design through to implementation of the evaluation in an applied setting. ESS528 is nonetheless a standalone subject.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ESS528
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to build the three components of the evaluation project: a program description, a logic model, and a description of audiences and stakeholders;
  • be able to develop a targeted literature review for the object of the evaluation that represents an evidence-based practice or approach. The targeted review will include a description of search methodology, an account of the key features and findings in relation to the object, a description of the structure of the review, and a statement of conclusions capable of producing key evaluation questions;
  • be able to develop a set of evaluation questions derived from the review of literature and knowledge of the setting;
  • be able to select and describe an evaluation model that is appropriate for answering their evaluation questions;
  • be able to define and describe the data sources and instruments/methods required to answer their evaluation questions;
  • be able to develop the methodology and process for collecting and analysing the data required to answer their evaluation questions; and,
  • be able to develop an ethics application for their program evaluation to be submitted to the faculty ethics committee.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  •  Defining and Describing the Evaluation Object
  •  Targeted Literature Review
  •  Evaluation Questions
  •  Evaluation Model
  •  Instruments and Data Sources
  •  Data Collection and Analysis
  •  Implementation Planning
  •  Ethics Application


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 19 March 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.