Research, Assessment, and Evaluation

Effective programs and services are inextricably based in the assessment of the needs of those affected and the outcomes and effectiveness of the program or service. OTR practitioners must possess knowledge and skill in the development and the use of research, assessment and evaluation tools as well as the interpretation and use of information gathered.


  • Demonstrate ability to establish learning outcomes for student staff training and
    OTR programs
  • Differentiate between assessment and evaluation as well as needs assessment and
    programmatic assessment
  • Develop skill in foundational techniques of data analysis
  • Utilize professional networks to benchmark and inform practices
  • Describe the differences in and applications of both qualitative and quantitative
    research methodology
  • Identify computer software to support the assessment and evaluation process
  • Construct an assessment design and tool utilizing qualitative and quantitative
    collection measures
  • Develop learning outcomes tied to student staff training and content of the OTR
    program and the broader goals of the institution
  • Exhibit the skills necessary to create an assessment instrument for OTR programs
    that is based in learning outcomes
  • Develop skills in using data to inform knowledge-based decision making
  • Analyze and disseminate data from programmatic assessment findings
  • Identify gaps in OTR knowledge, discern research questions and develop strategies
    to address them
  • Exhibit knowledge of the research literature to guide programmatic decision making
  • Guide the process of creating learning outcomes and related objectives
  • Guide the process of building, utilizing, and evaluating assessment instruments and
  • Formulate research questions and develop strategies to address them through
    different methodologies and research designs
  • Analyze data to predict trends, apply to retention initiatives and share with
    necessary campus constituents to inform knowledge-based decision making
  • Contribute to OTR scholarship by presenting and publishing research findings and
    best practice literature
  • Actively engage with and utilize professional networks effectively to share best
    practices and grow programs, including leveraging the NODA professional network
    for benchmarking


List developed course information here.

Resource Materials

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