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LowerNYS-AdvPE Advanced Program Evaluation


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Course Description

If you are seeking CHES credit for this module, you must email phtc@columbia.edu after you have completed the post assessment. Please include your full name, CHES ID number, and course title in the email.

 

Overview

Learners will take on the role of a staff member at the Middleton County Health Department who is tasked with helping to develop an evaluation plan for an obesity-prevention program recently launched in Middleton County. Using the CDC Program Evaluation Framework, learners will connect each step of the framework with a section of the evaluation plan, going into detailed discussion about: incorporating stakeholders, logic models and evaluation questions in the process; characteristics of different research designs for evaluation and considerations for choosing an appropriate design; options for data collection methods and sampling; and thinking through threats to validity. Additionally, the learner will review strategies for conducting rigorous evaluations within constraints of budget, time, and resources.

Advanced Program Evaluation builds on the knowledge and skills obtained from the Program Evaluation training series. See “Prerequisites” for additional information.

Learning Objectives

For a given public health program evaluation plan, trainees will be able to:

  • Appreciate that a comprehensive evaluation plan addresses a program logic, stakeholders, evaluation questions and evaluation design. 
  • Assess advantages and limitations of evaluation designs, including randomized, quasi-experimental and pre-post designs.
  • Appraise and compare options for data collection methods, measures and sampling strategies.
  • Identify and address associated threats to validity.
  • Identify strategies for addressing budget, time, data and political constraints in evaluation practice

Who should take this course?

  • Public health practitioners who engage in planning of program evaluation
  • Public health professionals from Tier 1 to Tier 3 may benefit from this course. It is most likely to correspond with activities of Tier 2 professionals with independent responsibilities for planning evaluation.
  • MPH students

Estimated time to complete

45 minutes

 

Course Co-sponsored By

  • Columbia U -- LowerNY-PHTC
  • Prerequisites

    Through prior training or experience, trainees are expected to have some background knowledge of the following topics:

    Course Competencies

  • 1A01 Describes factors affecting the health of a community (e.g., equity, income, education, environment)
  • 1A02 Identifies quantitative and qualitative data and information (e.g., vital statistics, electronic health records, transportation patterns, unemployment rates, community input, health equity impact assessments) that can be used for assessing the health of a
  • 1A04 Uses methods and instruments for collecting valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1A05 Selects valid and reliable data
  • 1A06 Selects comparable data (e.g., data being age-adjusted to the same year, data variables across datasets having similar definitions)
  • 1A08 Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1A09 Describes public health applications of quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1A10 Uses quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1B01 Describes factors affecting the health of a community (e.g., equity, income, education, environment)
  • 1B04 Uses methods and instruments for collecting valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1B07 Resolves gaps in data
  • 1B08 Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1B09 Analyzes quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1B10 Interprets quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1B12 Assesses community health status and factors influencing health in a community (e.g., quality, availability, accessibility, and use of health services; access to affordable housing)
  • 1B13 Develops community health assessments using information about health status, factors influencing health, and assets and resources
  • 1C05 Evaluates the validity and reliability of data
  • 1C06 Evaluates the comparability of data (e.g., data being age-adjusted to the same year, data variables across datasets having similar definitions)
  • 1C08 Ensures collection of valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data
  • 4A01 Incorporates strategies for interacting with persons from diverse backgrounds
  • 4B01 Incorporates strategies for interacting with persons from diverse backgrounds
  • 5A02 Recognizes relationships that are affecting health in a community (e.g., relationships among health departments, hospitals, community health centers, primary care providers, schools, community-based organizations, and other types of organizations
  • 5A03 Identifies stakeholders
  • 5A05 Maintains partnerships with key stakeholders
  • 5A09 Gathers input from the community to inform the development of public health policy and programs
  • 5B03 Establishes linkages with key stakeholders
  • 5B05 Maintains partnerships with key stakeholders
  • 5B09 Uses community input when developing public health policies and programs
  • 6A07 Discusses the limitations of research findings
  • 6B07 Determines the limitations of research findings