Overview

UNESCO’s emphasis on quality education and learning is essential; throughout its report on education (see UNESCO – SDG4 – Education 2030 https://en.unesco.org/themes/education2030-sdg4), the organization distinguishes education as a human-centered process from education as a product to be consumed. That distinction defines praxis.

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

As a highly dynamic field, driven by the urgency of poverty and climate change, the global development sector is continuously learning from its failures.  A big one has been the cost of a too-linear and technocratic approach to problems/goals that are inherently complex and relational; a corollary is an illusion that sacrificing process to efficiency can achieve outcomes with true and lasting impact or even the intended short-term impact.  This is reflected in the fact that UNESCO has moved from its original goal of “education for all”, to education that is “inclusive, equitable, effective and relevant.

To this end, praxis courses provide critical, multi-layered value: a rich and well-designed learning environment, strengthening of local organizations, and precious professional development of entrepreneurs​ and community leaders in the Global South, including the status and authority that follow from credentialing.

praxis courses are designed to be accessed from anywhere in the world. Students with a variety of professional backgrounds in health, government, gender, and education–to name a few–engage with their instructors and each other via real-time, video-conferenced class meetings and discussions.

Enrollment in the praxis program not only gives you access to world-class instructors and courses to deepen your development practice but also connects you to the Posner Center Community.

While you are enrolled as a praxis student, you will have access to:

  • a free Posner Center Essential membership
  • connections with the 200 organizations in the Posner Center Community
  • participation in the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Community of Practice, a peer network of M&E practitioners in various fields around the world
  • access to the Posner Center collaborative workspace near downtown Denver
  • access to other Posner Center programming, such as mentoring, coaching, decolonizing development, and other opportunities.

The Posner Center will not be funding a praxis Fellowship in 2021 due to Covid-related financial constraints but hopes to resume the opportunity to provide a 50% tuition subsidy to selected Fellows again in 2022.

praxis Certificate for Evidence-Based Development

The Posner Center for International Development is pleased to offer the praxis Certificate of Evidence-Based Development, a 5-course certificate designed to build your research and evaluation skills. Completion of 5 courses from the list below, attainable within six months or less, will earn you the praxis Certificate. Each course is worth one graduate credit hour through Regis University and can be applied to further Development Practice program study, either for the Master or Certificate of Development Practice.

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 4th 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:
Summer:
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:
Summer: August 19th and 21st from 7:00-10:00am MST. 

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 .