Assessing Community Impact in Myanmar and Evaluation Training in Thailand
Mandalay, Myanmar and Chiang Mai, Thailand
As Myanmar engages in significant political and economic reform, students will have the opportunity to conduct a community level impact evaluation (from start to finish) of a community fellowship program, in a country where development will be an imperative for many years to come. Traveling to a post-conflict context such as Myanmar provides students with the opportunity to conduct an evaluation of a program that works with ethnic groups from all over the country, allowing for the analysis of international interveners in communities affected by conflict and prejudice. Throughout the course students will be asked to reflect on their own cultural orientation and how it impacts their interactions with people in the local context. This will give students applied experience in conducting evaluations on programs that involve cross-cultural interaction. Students will also have the opportunity to conduct a training in Chiang Mai, Thailand, substantially building their resume.
This practicum will take place in Myanmar and Thailand. It
provides students with the opportunity to facilitate trainings in program
evaluation and conduct a community-level impact evaluation of the Global
Community Fellowship Program, a program developed by the practicum's
client, VIA. VIA, is a non-profit
organization that specializes in cross-cultural understanding and
transformative education programs in Asia and the United States. Their
professional fellowship placements range from grassroots community-based
organizations to multinational NGOs and U.S. government agencies. Participants
in the practicum will be evaluating the impact of these placements in Myanmar.
After multiple meetings in Washington D.C., where students will prepare
training materials for the Global Fellows and develop an evaluation plan for
assessing the program's impact in Myanmar, the team will travel to Myanmar,
where they will conduct the community-level evaluation of the impact of the
Global Fellows' presence there since 2006. After spending roughly ten days in
Myanmar, the group will continue on to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where the Global
Community Fellows' incoming cohort will be attending their initial training.
The team will spend roughly four days there, delivering trainings in monitoring
and evaluation methods (and other possible topics such as cross-cultural
understanding, TBD) to the Global Fellows. Upon students' arrival back in DC,
they will analyze the data from their evaluation in Myanmar and compile a
report assessing the impact of the Global Fellowship Program, which they will
submit to VIA
The practicum will provide students with practical experience for how to plan and conduct a program evaluation for a client, from interfacing with the client to determine theories of change and program goals, to designing an evaluation that identifies appropriate indicators for measuring outputs and objectives associated with these goals, to implementing the evaluation and finally analyzing the data collected to later deliver a report to the client. Specific evaluation methods students will employ will likely include interviews, surveys, focus groups, and participant observation. Students will also learn how to design curriculum for the conduct training in concrete skills such as program evaluation and other topics TBD.
2017 Course Dates*
Pre-Departure In-Class Meetings:
Mid-Late June- Multiple meetings, to be held in the evening over course of two weeks
June 27th- Arrive in Myanmar for approximately 10 days.
July 8th- Arrive in Thailand for approximately 3 days.
July 11th- Conclusion of program in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Final Report Due to Client:
*dates are subject to change
Expected student expenses include: AU tuition, program fee, international travel (flights), visa fee (if applicable), and most meals.
Program fee: $1700 $850
will be charged the full program fee for their participation in the
program, but will receive a scholarship on their student accounts to
offset this cost. Check back soon for additional information regarding
costs and the program fee.
Who Should Apply
Students from all SIS programs are encouraged to apply. Students should have a background, demonstrated through coursework or applied experience, in program evaluation*, quantitative or qualitative research methods, in addition to program and/or curriculum design and implementation.
*Students with a limited background in program evaluation will have the opportunity to enroll in a 1-credit skills institute, prior to departure, to prepare for the course.
be eligible to participate in any SIS Practicum, MA students must be in good
academic standing (including a 3.0 cumulative GPA) and have completed 18
credits of graduate coursework by the end of the spring 2017 semester, prior to
participating in the Practicum. Dual degree students (e.g. MA/MBA, JD/MA, and
KU/MA) must have completed at least 9 of the minimum 18 credits to participate.
Students from any MA program can apply to this practicum.
Application and Deadlines
Application deadline: February 22nd
Please visit the Practicum site to
get started on your application to the Practicum Program. Be aware that
applications received before the deadline will not be reviewed sooner,
nor will they receive special consideration because of early submission.
We strongly advise you to take your time to submit a quality
application. More information on how to submit a strong application is
available through the Practicum site.
If accepted, students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250 to
SIS, through a check or money order made payable to American
University, to secure their place in the Program.
January 23, 2017 4:30-5:30 PM Location: SIS 112F
February 2, 2017 11:00-11:45 AM Location: Online- Login details TBA
Application and Deadlines
Summer 2017: February 22, 2017-- no applications accepted after this date.