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Certificate of Excellence - Foundations of Impact Evaluation (Waltham, MA)
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This is not a Certification program that requires ongoing fees or professional development hours to maintain; nor does it provide post-nominal letters or initials.

 Export to Your Calendar 10/26/2020 to 10/27/2020
When: 8:00 AM
Where: Waltham, MA
United States

Online registration is available until: 10/7/2020
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AESP Certificate of Excellence - Foundations of Impact Evaluation*

October 26-27, 2020



A new cohort has been scheduled!

Course 1 is completed online while course 2 will be delivered in Waltham, MA.*


October 268:00am - 5:00pm

October 27: 8:00am - 5:15pm 

Times are subject to change

Rates: (for this date only)

$699.00 (US) member rate
$899.00 (US) non-member
or 4 group member points


Sue Hanson, Tetra Tech
M. Sami Khawaja, Cadmus

In cooperation with the United States Department of Energy, the AESP Institute is proud to launch an in-depth training program on DSM program impact evaluation. This course is ideal for new staff entering a research and evaluation function in DSM. Upon completion of all necessary coursework and meeting other requirements, participants will receive AESP’s “Certificate of Excellence – Foundations of Impact Evaluation.”

This course covers the basics of the energy industry and demand-side management industry, before diving into the principles of program impact evaluation. In this cohort-based program, participants enroll at the same time as their peers and experience the learning journey together (communicating via an online discussion board and eventually meeting in person), culminating in a final project which they complete as a team. 

Individually, participants will be required to complete two courses and a project.

Course 1 will be online and self-paced

Course 2 will be a two day in-person course (LAPTOP is REQUIRED)

The Project will be introduced during the in-person course and you can earn CEUs for passing all courses!

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the demand side management industry, including its basic purpose, components, and function
  • Identify the purpose of evaluation, measurement and verification
  • Understand and apply foundational program impact evaluation knowledge that grounds and guides professional practice
  • Identify and define program impact evaluation methodology terms
  • Demonstrate the ability to frame impact evaluation questions
  • Determine appropriate impact evaluation methods, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.

Target Audience

The program is designed with new evaluation staff in mind, those with less than 3 years’ experience in the energy industry. Ideal candidates for this program include new staff entering a research and evaluation function in DSM consultancies, consultancies that specialize in research and evaluation, government, state and regional energy organizations and large utilities with in-house evaluation needs (National Grid, etc.).

For more information view our Certificate of Excellence Page:

To clarify the intent of this educational program: this is an assessment-based certificate program that will provide the learning outcomes described in the certificate brochure and on AESP’s website. This is not a Certification program that requires ongoing fees or professional development hours to maintain; nor does it provide post-nominal letters or initials. If you have any questions please contact


Course Location

National Grid Office
Waltham, MA

Hotel accommodations

The closest hotels to the training facility are Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites and the Westin.

There is an Embassy Suites .5 miles from the training facility and a Westin less than 1.3 miles from the training facility.


Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations will be discussed on an individual basis since there are online courses involved as well.  AESP reserves the right to cancel a training course at any time with reasonable notice given to all participants. If a program is canceled, we may reschedule attendance in the next available training course. In the event of a cancellation, AESP is not responsible for non-refundable airfares, other airfare penalties, or travel charges you may incur.

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