Program Evaluation

Whether planning effective program strategies, improving existing programs, or accounting for program outcomes, we use multidisciplinary and science-based approaches to tailor a program evaluation design to meet the unique needs of the client and the program under study. We work closely with both public and private health initiatives and clients to design, integrate, and implement practical, rigorous program evaluations using skilled problem formulation with stakeholder input. We employ our expertise in both qualitative and quantitative evaluation, and, as appropriate, we triangulate data to achieve a comprehensive understanding of program implementation and impact. Our program staff are skilled in using a variety of methods and tools for conducting research and evaluation with a focus on practical recommendations.

Focus Areas

  • Community-based interventions
  • Multi-site intervention trials and demonstration projects
  • Chronic disease prevention and management programs, such as diabetes and asthma
  • Social and behavioral research with HIV and STD prevention projects
  • Tobacco control programs and policies
  • Cancer control programs and interventions
  • Obesity, nutrition and physical activity programs and interventions

Methodologies/Techniques

  • Experimental, quasi-experimental and observational designs
  • Quantitative evaluation
  • Survey design and operations
  • Path analysis to model community outcomes
  • Multi-level and structural equation modeling
  • Survival analysis
  • Meta-analysis
  • Focus groups and key informant interviews
  • Site observations
  • Case studies
  • Document reviews
  • Ethnography

Capabilities

  • Formative evaluation
  • Process/implementation evaluation
  • Outcome evaluation
  • Impact evaluation
  • Community-based participatory evaluation
  • Theory-based evaluation
  • Cost benefit/cost effectiveness analysis
  • Program logic models and conceptual framework
  • Needs assessment and community mapping

Projects

  • NC Women's Co-Op Study. Assessing a woman-focused HIV prevention program for African-American crack cocaine abusers in central North Carolina.
  • Project DIRECT Comprehensive Evaluation. Evaluating CDC's Project DIRECT (Diabetes Intervention Reaching and Educating Communities Together), the first comprehensive community-based project in the US to address the growing burden of diabetes among African Americans.
  • HIV Prevention Model in South Africa. Evaluating an outreach and intervention model to prevent the spread of HIV among South African women based on the model used in NC.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation. Examining access to, outcomes of, and benefits from multiple state and federal vocational rehabilitation programs.
  • Asthma Intervention Program. Evaluating Power Breathing, a CDC program designed to provide adolescents with a basic understanding of asthma and its management in a peer-friendly environment and to empower them to take control of their asthma on a personal level.
  • National Cancer Institute Clinical Trial Restructuring. Assessing three different NCI demonstration programs designed to restructure and improve the way cancer treatment clinical trials are proposed, reviewed, and implemented.
  • Health Information for Individuals with Disabilities. For CDC, evaluating state-level strategies and publications in New Mexico, New York, and North Carolina for meeting the health information needs of people with disabilities.
  • BreastCancerTrials.Org Web Tool. Assessing NCI's BreastCancerTrials.Org, a pilot Web tool designed to help breast cancer patients and survivors identify clinical trials that meet their interests, needs, and health profile.
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases. Evaluating CDC's program that funds 28 states to implement interventions for preventing and controlling obesity.