Most people know that program evaluation is important, yet they are intimidated at the thought of actually conducting one. It is important to be able to measure effectiveness and other indicators of performance in your program to help with fundraising and demonstrating the need for services. This Program Evaluation training will give you the practical skills to conduct an evaluation and take some of the fear out of the process!


The training will be delivered online over the course of 5 weeks, beginning on March 26. Each week, except for the introductory week, will include a facilitated webinar. Additionally, there are recommended readings and videos as well as written assignments. You should expect to spend about an hour per week on these in addition to attending the 75 minute webinar. CEUs will be awarded for those who complete all requirements.


This training is part of the NVAA Effective Management Series and like all of OVC TTAC’s trainings, there is no cost to attend.


HeadshotDan Petersen

Dan Petersen, Ph.D., is a social work professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where he teaches professional ethics, program evaluation, and victim service-related courses, many of which are online. As a psychologist and an advocate for crime victims and victims’ rights, Dr. Petersen has spent 30 years working with families and children in crisis, with a focus on trauma resulting from crime victimization. He has conducted numerous workshops and presented both nationally and internationally on the victimization of persons with disabilities. Dr. Petersen was a content contributor in the development of many of the OVC Victim Assistance Training Online modules. He recently conducted an evaluation of victim services for one of the Violence Reduction Network cities in the United States. He has also authored publications on the psychological and physiological effects of crime victimization. Dr. Petersen is a member of the executive committee for the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies, working with the center on grants, research, and national training programs. He has served as the clinical director of the Kansas Neurological Institute, as secretary of the American Society of Victimology, and on the national consortium that developed the Standards for Victim Assistance Programs and Providers. He earned his Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology and his M.A. in Human Development from the University of Kansas.  

HeadshotAlyssa Rheingold

Alyssa Rheingold, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is the director of clinical operations at NCVC. She completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from MCP Hahnemann University (currently Drexel University). Her expertise includes evidence-based treatment of trauma-related mental health issues, child sexual abuse prevention, and loss by homicide. Dr. Rheingold is the principal investigator of several federally funded service grants to improve resources for survivors of homicide and a service grant to provide services for Hispanic interpersonal violence victims.

Dates and Time

All webinars are conducted from 3:00–4:15 p.m. (eastern time).

Introductory Week: What is Program Evaluation?, March 26.

Week 1: Foundations for Program Evaluation, April 2–6, webinar on April 6.

Week 2: Preparing for Program Evaluation: Developing a Program Evaluation Plan, April 9–13, webinar on April 13.

Week 3: Implementing the Program Evaluation: Focus on Data Collection, April 16–20, webinar on April 20.

Week 4: Analyzing Evaluation Data and Using it To Tell Your Program's Story, April 23–27, webinar on April 27.

For more information about this training, please email nvaa@ovcttac.org.

*OVC TTAC’s instructors have no vested interest in any products, instruments, devices, or materials that may be used in this training.

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