Evaluation is the systematic determination of a program's merit, worth, and significance. Applied to public and nonprofit programs, it allows public servants to identify what works and to improve what does not. This course provides an overview of historical and contemporary theories and approaches to evaluation in public and nonprofit organization contexts. The primary focus in on key evaluation terminology and classifications of theories and approaches recommended by evaluation thought leaders. Based on an understanding of theories and approaches, students will apply their learning to a program by planning a comprehensive evaluation and/or implementing parts of an evaluation. This course incorporates instructor lectures, small group activities, case studies, and discussion to engage students in critical reflection. Deliverables may include evaluation plans, peer assessments, and brief evaluation reports. Knowledge tests and other forms of assessment may also be included.