Conduct Educational Programs
Institute staff offer educational programs via formal University courses; short-term institutes regionally, nationally, and internationally; independent study either in Pittsburgh or on site; and Web-based instruction. A 15-credit certificate in Evaluation
is available to graduate students and others who meet the admission requirements. We also offer the Evaluation Fellows Program. Every three years the Institute invites a director of human service organizations to study evaluation science. Fellows are expected to design and conduct an evaluation study within their organization. They often team with a public health doctoral student. The Fellows Program is designed to increase the use of scientific evaluation.
Past fellows include: John Zanaradelli, MPH - Executive Director (Chief Executive Officer), Asbury Heights, and Joni Schwager - Executive Director, Staunton Farm Foundation
Advance Evaluation Science
The Institute contributes to the further development of the theoretical framework and methods used in scientific evaluation studies. The Institute is particularly interested in the improvement of “mixed method” strategies for evaluation, the development of statistical designs and analytic tools, and the application of behavioral intervention theories for rigorous testing.
Apply Evaluation and Community Health Needs Assessment Methods
Institute staff use the most advanced scientific methods for the conduct of community health status assessments.
Develop and Test Methods for “Hard-to-Evaluate” Programs
Certain situations, such as large-scale disasters, and creative community interventions provide extremely difficult evaluation challenges. These “hard to evaluate” programs are important because they are so challenging that they are likely to lead to conceptual and methodological innovation. Such evaluations could lead to dramatic improvements in morbidity and mortality.
Develop Evaluation Capacity and Infrastructure
The Institute is committed to assist agencies to develop the infrastructure and capacity to design and conduct their own evaluation studies, including designing information systems, training staff in evaluation methods, identifying financial resources, and creating an organizational culture that values evaluation.
Develop and Apply Advanced Technologies
The conduct of scientific evaluation studies, and the process by which such studies are planned, is being strongly modified by advances in medical devices, telecommunications, and information system technologies.