praxis is a collaboration between the Posner Center for International Development and Regis University Development Practice. We are partnering to provide a series of 1-credit evaluation and research skills courses, designed to strengthen the development practice of the Posner Center community and beyond.

All praxis courses are designed for global engagement. Students living beyond Denver are fully engaged via videoconference and participate in the courses in real time.

praxis Fellowship 

The Posner Center funds a competitive Fellowship, available to Posner Tenants and Members. The Praxis Fellowship helps incentivize and fuel a culture of skilled and evidence-based development practice across the Posner Center community. The praxis Fellowship provides a approximately 50% tuition subsidy to selected Fellows.

Selection criteria include: organizations applying as a team, inclusion of global staff, organizational readiness to improve evaluation, desire to contribute to creating evidence-based culture in Posner Center community, and support for Fellows intending to complete the certificate as well as pursuing a single or series of courses.

praxis Certificate for Evidence-Based Development

We are now offering the praxis Certificate of Evidence-Based Development, a 5-course certificate designed to build your research and evaluation skills. Choose 5 courses from the list below to complete the certificate. Each course is worth one graduate credit hour through Regis University. You may complete the certificate within a calendar year or across years.

Praxis Course Offerings & Upcoming Course Dates

M&E I: Foundations and Frameworks

This course will provide students with a working knowledge of the field of M&E and lay the foundation for continued learning and implementation.

Students will learn:

  • Key concepts and associated terms of M&E
  • Frameworks for establishing causal logic
  • Approaches to defining and measuring project deliverables and impacts
  • Development of a logic model

Next Course Offered:
Spring: May 4t and 11th, 2021 from 7:00-10:00am MST

M&E II: Design and Data Management

This course will prepare students to design M&E plans for various social impact programs and organizations. The
teaching format includes interactive discussions and real-time surveys as well as case studies from around the world.

Students will learn:

  • Indicator development
  • Data collection methodologies
  • Evaluation and optimizing evaluation outcomes
  • M&E tools for data visualization, mobile data collection and data analysis
  • Development of an M&E plan

Next Course Offered:
May 25th and June 1st, 2021  from 7:00-10:00am MST

Qualitative Data Collection

A practical overview of the principles and process of qualitative data collection to prepare you to lead interviews and focus groups.

Next Course Offered:
Summer: June 15th and 22nd, 2021 from 7:00-10:00am MST

Qualitative Data Assessment

A practical introduction to the principles and practice of qualitative data assessment to honor the voices of your participants and drive improved decision-making.

Next Course Offered:
Summer: July 6th and 13th, 2021 from 7:00-10:00am MST

Data Visualization

Learn how to visually communicate your data to speak effectively with your core stakeholders, from donors and partners to participants.

Next Course Offered:
Summer: July 27th,  30th, August 3rd and 6th, 2021 from 7:00-9:00am MST

Program Design

Nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations thrive through effective planning and execution of their mission-directed programs. The better the design, implementation and evaluation, the better the attainment of mission. The goal of this course is to explore strategic approaches in program design, implementation, and evaluation through research-based best practices.

Students will learn:

  • Processes of needs assessment, data collection, and stakeholder participation and empowerment
  • Systems’ approach and the logic model as strategies for program effectiveness
  • Design a plan for program evaluation via class project

Next Course Offered:
To Be Announced, Fall 2021

Full Tuition and Materials Cost

1-credit course fee: $550
Technology fee: $21
Total for 1 course: $571


For more information or to register for praxis, contact Amanda Filipczuk at .