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Evaluation Institute for Public Health

The Evaluation Institute for Public Health

The Evaluation Institute for Public Health seeks to advance evaluation science, scholarship, and practice through research, training, and consultation. By making evaluation science a core component of public health infrastructure we strive to improve the performance of public health and related human service organizations.

The Evaluation Institute serves three distinct constituencies:
  • public sector organizations at the county, state or federal level;
  • organizations that manage health care services such as hospitals, primary care centers or long-term care centers; and
  • community-based nonprofit organizations.

Maximize Conduct Educational Programs

Maximize Advance Evaluation Science

Maximize Apply Evaluation and Community Health Needs Assessment Methods

Maximize Develop and Test Methods for “Hard-to-Evaluate” Programs

Maximize Develop Evaluation Capacity and Infrastructure

Maximize Develop and Apply Advanced Technologies


Our faculty and staff use the full range of evaluation design options including experimental, mixed methods, case study, and community- based participatory research. 

Survey Research. The Office of Health Survey Research, based in the Institute for Evaluation Science, is able to carry out all phases of a survey research project, including sample design, questionnaire design, data collection, data processing, statistical analysis, and reporting. 

Community Needs Assessment. Institute staff apply a variety of methods to assess the health status, utilization patterns, barriers to obtaining health care, and unmet need for services of populations of interest. 

Qualitative/Ethnographic Data Collection Analysis and Community-Based Participatory Research. These methods are employed in formative evaluation studies and as a basis for planning and implementing behavioral interventions. Also, qualitative methods are essential to understanding individual and community decision making about seeking preventive, emergency, and acute medical care. 


Institute staff adhere to the American Evaluation Association’s Standards for the Conduct of Evaluation Studies. The standards describe guidelines for utility, feasibility, accuracy, and propriety in evaluation research.

Contact Us

For information about the Certificate Program:
Thistle Elias, DrPH

For general questions or to contact one of our other faculty:
Jennifer King

Practicum opportunities

View practicum opportunities with a wide range of organizations and programs. Specific contact information and details are included in current and past opportunities posted here. Students are invited to contact Dr. Thistle Elias ( with additional questions about practicum expectations.

Current and Recently Completed Projects

Pennsylvania Statewide Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (PA BRFSS) (CDC)

Allegheny County Health Survey (ACHS)

The Positive Health Clinic Evaluation

Closing the Referral Loop (AMA)

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