TRE TIG Week: Approaches to community engagement in evaluation research to improve translation: Lessons learned from the field by Christina Welter

Christina Welter
Christina Welter

My name is Christina Welter and I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Health Policy and Administration Division and the Interim Director of the DrPH in Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health (UIC SPH). One of my areas of focus and passion includes exploring how community engagement in evaluation and research can help partners build and use evidence in more relevant, timely, and meaningful ways to produce changes that matter.  

Finding ways to promote the use and adoption of evidence-based initiatives in the community, also known as translation, is vital to produce effective change yet it remains a challenge for all of us. One approach to addressing this gap is through community-engaged evaluation research. I am part of the UIC SPH Prevention Research Center (PRC) and together with my colleagues at UIC SPH, the University of West Virginia PRC, and the University of Washington PRC, we will be presenting a panel at AEA this November.

Lessons Learned:

We will share examples and lessons learned about participatory approaches in different settings and levels in the public health system (e.g. neighborhood, urban, suburban, rural and statewide), and at different points in the evaluation process. Presentations and discussion will contribute to the knowledge base of how community-engaged evaluation research may increase evidence to action. Here is a sneak peak of some of the questions we will answer and tips to we will share.

Table with questions to improve translation and lessons learned that will be shared

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Translational Research Evaluation (TRE) TIG week. All posts this week are contributed by members of the TRE Topical Interest Group. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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