Mercer University’s 4th Annual Evaluation Workshop: Evaluating Capacity-Building, 05/26/17
Professional Development Workshop
Center for Evaluation and Applied Research (CEAR)
Department of Public Health
College of Health Professions
Mercer University – Atlanta Campus
Gain valuable skills to build or improve your approach to outcome evaluation
May 26, 2017
9:00am – 3:30pm
Trustees Dining Room (NORTH PARKING LOT)
3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, GA 30341
Evaluating capacity building: Theory and practice
The workshop will cover the following topics:
- Describe the areas of capacity-building and identify major concerns
- Examine the usefulness of logic models and the action model/change model schema for guiding capacity-building evaluations
- Develop indicators for capacity-building components and describe their relationship to each other and programmatic outcomes
- Explain the crucial differences between capacity-building outcomes and public health/social betterment outcomes in evaluation
- Present different approaches and methods for evaluating capacity-building initiatives
- Demonstrate ways to upgrade a logic model by using the results of the action model/change model schema
By the end of the day, participants will:
- Understand how to define and articulate areas of capacity-building
- Understand differences between capacity-building outcomes and public health/social betterment outcomes
- Understand evaluation approaches and methods for evaluating capacity-building
The evaluation workshop takes a participatory approach for collective learning. Participants are expected to share their views, expertise, and experiences to do group exercises in developing indictors to measure processes and outcomes of capacity building.
The workshop is geared for those are doing capacity-building activities, evaluating capacity-building, or those who want to systematically strengthen their evaluation knowledge and skills in the area of capacity-building. Any of the following positions may profit from participation: program directors, research assistants, health communication specialists, program coordinators, public health advisors, health scientists, project coordinators, program analysts, evaluation specialists/consultants, demographers, and epidemiologists.
Dr. Huey T. Chen
Dr. Chen is a nationally recognized expert in program evaluation. Currently, he serves as director of the Center for Evaluation and Applied Research (CEAR) and professor in the Department of Public Health in the College of Health Professions at Mercer University. Previously, he was a senior evaluation scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Dr. Chen has worked intensively with community organizations, health-related agencies, government agencies, and educational institutions. He has conducted both large-scale and small-scale evaluations in the U.S. and internationally, including evaluating a community health initiative in New Jersey, school-based anti-drug-abuse policy in Taiwan, an HIV prevention and care initiative in China, and a tobacco-focused prevention program in Georgia. Dr. Chen has published extensively on various aspects of program evaluation and is the author of several evaluation books. He is a winner of the American Evaluation Association’s Lazarsfeld Award for Evaluation Theory. He also received the Senior Biomedical Service Award from the CDC for his evaluation work. He regularly conducts evaluation workshops for the American Evaluation Association and other organizations.
Shenée Bryan is the Director of Programs and Evaluation at the Research and Evaluation Group (EvalGroup). She has over 10 years of experience in conducting research and evaluations across many areas including public health, workforce development, corrections/juvenile courts, injury prevention, and substance abuse prevention. Shenée has worked on many longitudinal evaluations and capacity evaluations to analyze and trend specific health impact and outcome measures. Shenée enjoys discovering ways to promote public health and bridge the gap between academic research and community-level evaluations. Shenée earned her B.S. in Biological and Environmental Engineering Cornell University and her Master of Public Health in /Healthcare Organization and Policy and Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from University of Alabama-Birmingham.
$150 (Parking, Book, Continental Breakfast, and Lunch)
The fee will cover a copy of the following book: Chen, H. (2015) Practical Program Evaluation: Theory-Driven Evaluation and the Integrated Evaluation Perspective. Sage.
May 12, 2017
Questions about logistics: Please contact, Administrative Assistant at 678-547-6492 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about workshop: Please send an e-mail to Huey Chen at email@example.com or Shenée Bryan at SBryan@evaluation-group.com.
Can’t make it? We can schedule other workshop sessions, including one tailored toward your organization’s specific needs. Please contact us for further information.
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