Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Program and Curriculum Evaluation

The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning is available to collaborate with department chairs and directors of educational programs who are interested in conducting program and curriculum evaluations. Example evaluation projects include assessing curriculum revisions or measuring the learning gains made by students in summer research programs. A staff member of the Poorvu Center can assist on a variety of evaluation related issues including:

  • Creation of an evaluation plan
  • Curriculum mapping and/or the creation of a logic model
  • Development of measurement instruments (e.g. survey design and focus group or interview protocol development)
  • Coordination with the Office of Institutional Research to access and analyze institutional records

What we need from you

  • Involvement in conversations as early in the process as possible
  • Information about the type of support which you are interested in
  • A short description of the program or curriculum
  • Any relevant documentation (e.g. existing surveys, syllabi, etc.)

What to expect from the Poorvu Center

  • A prompt response to your initial request
  • Consultation regarding educational program design
  • Help developing evaluation plans
  • Knowledge of relevant research that supports your proposal

Before the first meeting, a staff member will review the provided information and find relevant educational research. Over the course of several meetings, we will work with you to identify components of the program, define the scope of the evaluation, and create an evaluation plan. Management of data collection and analysis will primarily be the responsibility of the department or program.


Jennifer Frederick, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning
203-432-3515 (office)
203-521-7903 (mobile)