Master's Degree - Youth Development

Spring 2023 Course Information
Design and Evaluation of Youth Programs

Course Description
The course will discuss the principles and methods of program design, implementation, and evaluation of youth programs. This course will focus on hands-on tools of conducting evidence-based planning and evaluating the performance and delivery process of a program. Students will develop knowledge through participating in a community-based project involving the practical application of program design and evaluation methods. The goal is to prepare students for research supported planning and evaluation of programs that aim at positive youth development.
Contacts
Instructor

Yan Ruth Xia
Office: 402-472-6552
rxia2@unl.edu

Campus Coordinator

For course access questions, contact the teaching university’s campus coordinator. For enrollment questions, contact your home university campus coordinator.
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Disability Support Services

To request accommodations for this course, contact the disability support office at your home university. You must register each semester and for each course. Read more about the Great Plains IDEA process for requesting accommodations.


Textbooks

Effectively managing and learning human service organizations
Brody, R. & Nair, M. D.
Edition: 4th
Publisher: Sage Publications

Trying hard is not good enough: How to produce measurable improvements for customers and communities
Friedman, M.
Edition: 10th
Publisher: PARSE Publishing


Course Access

Canvas at UNL

UNL Graduate Studies will email students with information (student name, email, and NU ID) and instructions for accessing UNL classes. For undergraduate students in the ECEMS program, Kaelie Kellner will email students with information and instructions for accessing UNL classes. Students will claim their UNL account by setting a password and security questions. Once students claim their ID, they will be able to access their courses at https://canvas.unl.edu/. Courses may not be visible to students until the first day of class.

Please contact the UNL campus coordinator listed below with any questions.

Lisa King for Family & Community Services, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Family Financial Planning, Youth Development, and Community Development
Kaelie Kellner for Early Care & Education
Morgan Harris for Dietetics
Melisia Bieber for Merchandising
Melissa Sailors for Ag Systems Management & Technology, Animal Science, Food Safety & Defense, Grassland Management, Horticulture, and Quantitative Genetics & Genomics

 


Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.

University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

Headshot picture of Jessyca Waddell smilingGreat Plains IDEA has contributed immensely to my academic success. Earning my bachelor’s degree spanned seven years due to medical setbacks, but my journey in graduate school stands in stark contrast. I maintained a 4.0 GPA because I was given the opportunity to succeed despite my health conditions. The online courses allowed me to learn in a more comfortable environment without the need for special accommodations in the classroom or navigation of a campus.

– – Jessyca Waddell, Youth Development Alumni,
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