Importance of Evaluation
Evaluation is a key component of public health research. With certified evaluation staff and collaboration with strong, research institutions, the CHPDP offers evaluation services to organizations, communities and businesses focusing on health promotion and wellness initiatives. Often, we are asked to consult with key stakeholders to provide updated research on a number of issues, including health care reform, mass transportation, and community development.
What we can offer in terms of evaluation services?
For organizations in need of assistance evaluating their program, our evaluation staff is available to meet with your group to assess your project’s needs and to develop a comprehensive evaluation strategy. Typically, evaluations begin before the formal implementation of your program.
CHPDP staff can assist in many aspects of evaluation including:
- Research methodology and design
- including online survey development and hosting to collect baseline and post intervention data, as well as employee opinion and satisfaction surveys for worksites
- Statistical analysis
- Data management
- Report writing
- Grant development
CHPDP’s Ongoing and Past Evaluation Projects
The CHPDP has partnered with Clemson University to evaluate its large population-based public health bullying prevention program. Our evaluation strategy involves multiple assessments of students, teachers, school staff, parents, and training staff. These assessments are used to measure changes in behavior, identify fidelity issues regarding program implementation, and to provide direction for future programmatic activity.
PA Youth Survey
The Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) is sponsored and conducted every two years by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. It is a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. The data gathered in PAYS serve two primary needs: 1) the results provide school administrators, state agency directors, legislators and others with critical information concerning the changes in patterns of the use and abuse of these harmful sub-stances and behaviors, and 2) the survey assesses risk factors that are related to these behaviors and the protective factors that help guard against them. This information allows community leaders to direct prevention resources to areas where they are likely to have the greatest impact.
The CHDPD has facilitated and worked with schools to collect and analyze their individual school results, and to determine how to better help the schools guide their prevention efforts. The staff has developed trend reports which enable schools to see changes over time and determine where they are succeeding and where they may need additional emphasis.
It is this emphasis on data collection, analysis, and then focused intervention that really is the hallmark of our approach to school based health.
In 2011, the CHPDP provided evaluation support to the Heartwood Institute’s T.R.U.E. Respect Program. This included the development of pre and post intervention surveys for student and teachers, as well as a mid-year program review. The survey measured the attitudes of students and teachers about the program and assessed changes in knowledge regarding the project. The data was used by the Heartwood Institute to evaluate the effectiveness of their pilot program and make program adaptations.