This online course teaches you how to collect the evidence you need to determine your public health program's impact. These skills allow you to uncover successful and less successful program components and provide information to inform program continuation or the development of other programs. Data Collection for Program Evaluation is a three-hour course, divided into five parts that can be taken over several sessions.

Learning Objectives

  • List five data collection methods in program evaluation
  • Design a basic survey questionnaire
  • List two methods of selecting a survey sample
  • Describe key components in planning and conducting interviews and focus groups

Intended Audience

Professionals, including program managers, directors, coordinators, and practitioners, who have responsibility for implementing public health programs


This HTML-based online course is comprised of five modules: Overview, Documents and Observation, Surveys, Interviews, and Focus Groups. This course has interactive exercises (Flash-based) and audio clips. This course should take approximately three hours to complete.

Course Instructors

Luann D'Ambrosio, MEd
Assistant Director
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
School of Public Health
University of Washington

Sandra Senter, MN, MPH
Research Associate and Senior Program Manager
Center for Community Health and Evaluation
Group Health Research Institute

Technical Requirements

This course requires certain software and browser plugins to be installed. See our Technical Requirements page for details.


This online training course is text-based and is designed for accessibility. A print version of the course is also available in the Supplemental Material section at the bottom of this page. Please note that the print version does not include interactive exercises, quizzes, or the final assessment. Flash-based interactive exercises and quizzes in the course may not be accessible to screen readers. To receive a print version of the quizzes in this course, please contact If you have any difficulties in accessing the information given in any of our documents or need further assistance, please contact

November 17, 2009
Program Planning & Evaluation
Self-Paced Course
3 hours
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills