Assessment + Planning for Community Development

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Discover principles and practices for conducting effective community development program evaluation. You’ll learn to measure variables, report evaluation findings and apply relevant results. You’ll also examine the relationships between policy, planning and evaluation. 

LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE: Start this course anytime, and you’ll have 3 months to complete all coursework. A field-expert instructor will grade and share feedback on your work to guide your learning.

What you’ll learn:

  1. Understand the basic principles of assessment and evaluation. 
  2. Explore various types of measures and understand their application. 
  3. Review the basic components of evaluation reports. 
  4. Develop a plan for evaluating a community development program. 


This course is one of three courses in the Community Development Certificate series. By completing this and the other two courses in this series with a demonstrated 80% proficiency, you are eligible to apply your Certificate of Completion for 3 academic credits in a graduate degree at Crown College.


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Community Development Essentials

Analyze context, identify priorities and develop a plan of action for addressing key issues in your community.

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Asset-Based Community Development

Examine the process of helping geographic and spiritual communities develop by focusing on their assets rather than their needs.

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Personal Computer:  You must have access to a computer with Windows 8/10 or Mac OS X to complete the course work. Linux OS based computers will function for most online content, but you may run into some restrictions when trying to view multimedia content.  

Internet Service: High-speed internet service is recommended. 

CMTI Learning Management System:This course will be administered online here at CMTI runs on a different platform than Canvas. If you have a Crown Canvas account, please note that this login and password are NOT linked, and changing the password on one 

Microsoft Office:  Students must submit assignments in Microsoft Word or PDF format unless otherwise specified in order to be graded by Crown’s instructors.   


Linfield, K. J. (2019).  Program evaluation: Methods and case studies (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J.:  Prentice Hall.  [ISBN 978-1138103962] 

Kindle and paperback versions of the text are available through Amazon.

Additional readings are provided in the course.


Course Syllabus