Psychology and Brain Sciences | Real World Program Evaluation: Applying Psychology Research to Service Learning
P457 | 14725 | Holtzworth-Munroe

Real World Program Evaluation: Applying Psychology Research to Service

Course Description:

This new course is a service learning course. As such, an integral
part of ths course is regular volunteer work (e.g., at least 5
hours/week) at one of a limited number of community agencies, as
arranged by the instructor; these sites may include a shelter for
battered women, a center for the developmentally disabled, a nursing
home for geriatric patients, and a school or after-school program with
children who are economically disadvantaged. Student must provide
their own transportation to their volunteer site, attend orientation
sessions there, pass the site’s screening criteria (which might
include a TB test and/or a criminal background check), and work to
satisfy the agency’s requirements for volunteers. Class time and
readings will be devoted to learning about program evaluation and
applying these ideas to the agency where each student is volunteering.
Students also will search the research literature and do readings on
the population and needs being addressed at the agency where they
volunteer (e.g., children in poverty, battered women). Short papers
will be assigned during the semester, and a final paper will be
required; this paper probably will involve a research review and
related research proposal for a program evaluation study that could be
conducted in the agency where the study is volunteering. Given the
amount of writing required, we have applied to have this course
classified as an intensive writing course. Students should be mature,
interested in community service, interested in research, and able to
devote adequate time to this course.

Prerequisites: Introduction to psychology; research methods (P211);
statistics (K300)
Optional, but ideal, pre-requisites: abnormal or developmental
psychology; lab experience in psychology or a lab psychology course