What We Do

Program evaluation is a critical, yet often under-developed activity in the delivery of human service and educational programs.

The Office for Program Evaluation (OPE), housed at Antioch University’s Seattle campus, is an evaluation consulting service dedicated to assessing and improving  efficiency and effectiveness in a broad range of human service environments including education, mental health, and government programs.

Whether you want to improve effectiveness of your services, increase funding options, make strategic decisions, or expand your programs, our office can help your organization reach its goals.

 

What We Do for Organizations

Antioch University has been offering program evaluation services for more than 12 years at its New England campus, and now the Seattle campus is supporting program effectiveness in the Pacific Northwest. Current and past Seattle-area clients include the Millionair Club Charity and King County Drug Diversion Court.

Here’s what one of our clients had to say:

“It was a pleasure to work with you…I thought that the report was very thorough and well-done… I appreciated the lack of jargon and explanation of complicated concepts. How great to get this assessment of the project, identification of areas for improvement, and recommendations (most of which seem very doable).”
- Mary C. Taylor, MSW, Program Manager, King County Drug Diversion Court

Why Choose The Office for Program Evaluation?

Our approach improves your results from simple counting of programmatic outputs to understanding what is working and what is not. Funders, partners, and leadership appreciate high-leverage measures of effectiveness and linking your practice to scientific evidence.

We  Help Organizations

  • Build a Better Grant Application
  • Increase Effective Service Delivery
  • Increase your Organization’s Efficiency
  • Make Strategic Decisions Based upon Evidence
  • Create New Opportunities for Increased Donations and Partnerships

Contact Us Today

For more information about how the Office for Program Evaluation can help your organization, please contact Dr. Patricia Linn or Dr. Elin Björling at ope@antioch.edu or 206-268-4859.

You can find out more about Dr. Linn here and Dr. Björling here.  

What We Do for Students

“Completing the Program Evaluation series has given me a great opportunity to use my skills at a pre-internship site in the fall. Being able to demonstrate this gained knowledge and ability impressed the interviewers and persuaded them to place me at a challenging site.”
   — Tara Staehlin, current PsyD student

The Office for Program Evaluation Supports Students By

  • Providing hands-on experiential learning in evaluation skills
  • Helping students earn a certicates as a beginning-level program evaluator
  • Including students as paid assistants on program evaluation consultant contracts

Courses

Students in all AUS graduate programs are welcome to take the three-course (total 4 quarter credits) series in Program Evaluation. Contact Dr. Linn via email to see the syllabi or inquire about registering for these courses. Descriptions of the three courses follow:

PSYC 790-2 Special Topics: Program Evaluation I (Fall; 2 credits)
Program evaluation history, theory, principles and design of logic models from utilization-focused and learning organization perspectives. Service learning will include working with an evaluation client to design an evaluation, set up a database and creating mock results, all in service to the stakeholder’s needs to make decisions in their organization.

PSYC 790 Special Topics: Program Evaluation II (Winter; 1 credit)(limit = 16)
Evaluation implementation. Service learning will include evaluation data capture, analysis and three types of summaries of results for reporting (scholarly, to funders, to clients). Prerequisite: PSYC 790 Special Topics: Program Evaluation I.

PSYC 790 Special Topics: Program Evaluation III (Spring; 1 credit)(limit = 16)

Third of three linked courses. Evaluation reporting and utilization. Service learning will include generating three types of reports (scholarly, to funders, to clients) and meaning-making from evaluation results to promote utilization and quality improvement of human services. Prerequisites: PSYC 790 Special Topics: Program Evaluation I and PSYC 790 Special Topics: Program Evaluation II.

Read about student experiences in learning about program evaluation:

Students Evaluate Partnership Between AUS Counseling and Psychology Clinic and KCDDC  

Contact Us Today

For more information about how the Office for Program Evaluation can help your organization, please contact Dr. Patricia Linn or Dr. Elin Björling at ope@antioch.edu or 206-268-4859.

You can find out more about Dr. Linn here and Dr. Björling here.

Office for Program Evaluation Faculty

Co-Director: Patricia Linn, Ph.D.

Co-Director: Elin Björling, MA, Ph.D.

 

Office for Program Evaluation Associates

(OPE Associates support evaluations by providing additional content expertise for specific projects.)

Jude Bergkamp, Ph.D.

Deborah Feldman, M.Ed.

Ed Mikel, Ph.D.

Cynthia Updegrave, M.S.