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|Certificate of Excellence – Foundations of Impact Evaluation|
Certificate of Excellence - Foundations of Impact Evaluation
In cooperation with the United States Department of Energy, AESP Institute is proud to launch an in-depth training program on DSM program impact evaluation. Upon completion of all necessary coursework and meeting other requirements, participants will receive AESP’s “Certificate of Excellence – Foundations of Impact Evaluation.”
The learning objectives of the certificate program are:
· 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.
Outline of the Program
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. The first course will be online and self-paced. The second course will be a two day in-person course. The Project will be introduced during the in-person course.
The program is designed with new evaluation staff in mind, those with less than 3 years’ experience in the energy industry. Its alternatives are a formal in-house training program, or more commonly “learning-on-the-job” where a supervisor or colleague guides new staff over several months or years.
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.).
AESP will offer two cohorts a year. In 2019, the “beta” cohort met in person in June in Madison, WI and another cohort will meet November 4-5 at the National Grid offices located in Waltham, MA.
As mentioned before, the course will be delivered in two parts:
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