Database

Lisa R. Holliday on Using Data Dictionaries to Improve Data Quality

My name is Lisa R. Holliday, and I am a Data Architect with The Evaluation Group. One aspect of my job is to work with evaluation teams to create data collection tools and assess the quality of data received. I use data dictionaries as a way to establish quality expectations. Hot Tip 1: Create Data …

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Harlan Luxenberg on When to Use a Database Solution instead of Excel

Hi, I’m Harlan Luxenberg from Professional Data Analysts, Inc., a public he alth evaluation firm in Minneapolis, and I’d like to share some thoughts about certain situations where databases may be more useful than Microsoft Excel.  Excel is great for quickly crunching data and managing small datasets; however, using Excel in the wrong situations can …

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Rashon Lane, Alberta Mirambeau, and Steve Sullivan on an Innovative Method to Evaluate Changes in Public Health Priorities and Activities through Alignment Scoring Analysis

Hello, we are Rashon Lane, Alberta Mirambeau from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Steve Sullivan from Cloudburst Consulting and we work together on an evaluation aimed at assessing the uptake, use and impact of national public health hypertension recommendations by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). If you’ve ever wondered how to assess …

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Phil Halbrook on TRASI for Measuring Social Impact

I am Phil Halbrook and I would like to share with you information about TRASI – a great tool to help evaluators seeking to measure social impact. The issue of measuring social impact is a hot button one right now and the TRASI database and website is extremely useful. Rad Resource – TRASI: TRASI is …

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Stuart Henderson on Using Screen Recording and Think Alouds in Evaluation Practice

My name is Stuart Henderson. I am the Associate Director of Evaluation for the Clinical and Translational Science Center at the University of California, Davis. We recently used a combination of screen recording software and think aloud methodology to conduct an evaluation of an innovative software program. I’d like to share how screen recording software …

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Internal Eval Week: Debbie Cohen on Electronic Health Records Data Tips

Hi, my name is Debbie Cohen. I am the Director of Evaluation at Community Mental Health Center, Inc., a community mental health center that serves five rural counties in Southeastern Indiana. One of my roles in the agency is to pull data from our Electronic Health Record (EHR) and to use it to evaluate programming …

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