Health Evaluation

Julie Goldman on Public Health Resources to Support Evaluation Work

Hello! I’m Julie Goldman, a librarian at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library. I want to introduce you to a number of high-quality public health resources, most of them freely available, and all that can help you as evaluators understand and support your communities, your research, and your work. Public health information …

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Elizabeth Tully on the Measuring Success Toolkit

I am Elizabeth Tully the Online Toolkit Manager at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs (JHU?CCP). One of the toolkits that I work on regularly is the Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Project‘s Measuring Success Toolkit. This toolkit provides guidance on how to use data to plan a health …

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Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall on The Best Laid Plans: Navigating the Potholes and Pitfalls of Group Facilitation

Hi. We’re Sherry Campanelli, Program Compliance Manager and Laura Newhall, Clinical Training Coordinator, from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Disability Evaluation Services. As an organization, we are committed to ongoing quality improvement efforts to enhance our services for people with disabilities. Earlier, we wrote about common techniques that help a quality improvement (QI) team …

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Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall on Facilitation Not Dictation: How a QI Team Succeeds

Hi.  We’re  Sherry Campanelli, Program Compliance Manager and Laura Newhall, Clinical Training Coordinator, from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Disability Evaluation Services (DES). Although DES conducts evaluations regarding whether an applicant for public benefits can be found disabled, evaluation as a research endeavor is not our primary focus. Nevertheless, as an organization, we are …

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Linda Cabral and Jillian Richard-Daniels on Using Qualitative Data Collection to Better Understand Measure Development and Reporting

Hello, we are Linda Cabral and Jillian Richard-Daniels from the Center for Health Policy and Research at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Collecting and reporting data on a set of predefined measures is something that many evaluators are asked to do.  This typically quantitative process involves gathering data, often from multiple sources and stakeholders, to …

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NA TIG Week: Lisle Hites on Conducting a Needs Assessment on HIV/AIDS Issues in the South

I’m Lisle Hites, Director of the Evaluation and Assessment Unit (EAU) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). I’m writing to share my team’s experiences in conducting needs assessments. We frequently have opportunities to work with our colleagues on campus to conduct needs assessments for grant-funded projects. One such example was a training grant …

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Judy Savageau and Kathy Muhr on Working with Different Data Sources

Hi. We’re Judy Savageau and Kathy Muhr from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research. Within our Research and Evaluation Unit, we work on a number of projects using qualitative and quantitative methods as well as primary and secondary data sources. We’ve come to appreciate that different types of data …

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Humberto Reynoso-Vallejo on Innovative Approaches for Latino Caregivers of Dementia Elders

I am Humberto Reynoso-Vallejo, a private consultant on health services research. A few years ago, I was part of an exploratory study of Latino caregivers in the Boston area caring for a family member suffering Alzheimer’s disease. Difficulties facing those families coping with the disease have promoted the rise of support groups for diverse population …

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Monika Mitra and Lauren Smith on Conducting a Health Needs Assessment of People with Disabilities

Hi, we are Monika Mitra and Lauren Smith from the Disability, Health, and Employment Policy unit in the Center for Health Policy and Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Our research is focused on health disparities between people with and without disabilities. Evaluating a Population of People with Disabilities In collaboration with the …

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MA PCMH Eval Week: Ann Lawthers, Sai Cherala, and Judy Steinberg on How You Define Success Influences Your Findings

Hi, we are Ann Lawthers, Sai Cherala, and Judy Steinberg, UMMS PCMHI Evaluation Team members from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research. Today’s blog title sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Your definition of success influences your findings. Today we talk about stakeholder perspectives on success and how evaluator decisions about …

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