Measurement Education Options: How to Reinvent Yourself as a Measurement Maven

A photo illustrating a man working on his measurement education.

This is an updated version of an earlier post, “Going Back to Measurement School,” in Katie Paine’s Measurement Blog.

We here at Paine Publishing have always been in the business of measurement education. Newsletters (The Gauge, in the last century; then, beginning in 2002, The Measurement Standard; and now, since 2013, The Measurement Advisor), the Measurement Summit (our first was almost 20 years ago!), and several books are just a fraction of the educational resources we’ve offered over the years. (See The Measurement Mall for more.)

Our most recent measurement education offering is Measurement Base Camp, an intensive course (now online) that covers the basic vital skills for measurement today. (For more on measurement skills of the very near future, read “Reimagining the Skill Set of a Professional Communicator: 7 Vital Skills for Your Future.”)

As we gear up for whatever comes next, communicators clearly thirst for new skill sets. Perhaps it’s the stay-at-home orders, or the rising importance of metrics and data in the communications decision-making process. For whatever reason, more and more people have been asking me about how to learn more about measurement. The other day on the PRSA forums the question came up and there were a ton of responses and referrals.

So we decided to assemble the answers along with some research of our own all into one table to help you decide on the best measurement education solution for your schedule and needs. Below you can compare our Measurement Base Camp to other popular measurement education offerings. We’ll be continuing to update it so if we’re missing a great course that you know about please get in touch!

Here you go.

Organization Program NameDescriptionLengthTotal HoursInstructorsMember or Early Bird RateNon-Member Cost Non-Member Cost per Hour of InstructionWebsite
PRSAPRSA Measurement & Analytics Certificate ProgramUsing Research Before Developing Communication Plans, Evaluating the Success of Messaging/Campaigns, Evaluating the Success of Channels, Connecting Communication Measures to Business Results, In-Depth Measures for Specific Channels, Best Practices for Research Methodology6 weeks (one 90-minute session per week)9Angela Sinikas$1,295$1,795$199
Paine PublishingPP Measurement Base CampLearn how to master Pivot Tables, Calculate Conversions, use SEO to measure PR, create and field surveys, & design dashboards 6 weeks (one 90-minute session per week)9Katie Paine & 4 subject-matter experts$350$400$44
AMECA guide to your studies with AMEC International Certificate in Measurement and EvaluationBackground and best practice,
Evaluation and objective setting,
Research methods primer
An introduction to statistics
Traditional media evaluation
Evaluating social media
Internal communications measurement and metrics
AMEC’s Integrated Evaluation Framework
10 weeks 40Paul Noble, PR Academy$1,033$1,215$30
RaganBusiness Fluency Boot Camp for CommunicatorsDevelop the business skills communicators need to succeed in the new normal1 Day3Lawrence J. Parnell, Karen Vahouny, Matt Ragas
PA Media PR Strategy, Measurement, and Evaluation2 days6Andy Drinkwater$445$445$74
PRCAPRCA3 hours3Mike Daniels, MPRCA$200$225$75
Quantum PR MeasurementQuantum PR Measurement2.5 hours2.5Jesper AndersenNANANA

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Katie Paine

I've been called The Queen Of Measurement, but I prefer Seshat, the Goddess.