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Demonstrating impact and effectiveness are ever-increasing elements of the work we do. Recognizing the wealth of resources available to help evaluate and assess how well programs are being implemented and the outcomes that they produce, the HMS community of program directors was invited to learn more about strategies for demonstrating program effectiveness, approaches to evaluation, and tools for assessment. Workshops provide participants with opportunities to:
- Learn different ways of demonstrating program effectiveness
- Review the elements of an evaluation plan
- Formulate goals and objectives
- Share perspectives and learn from colleagues
Continuous Quality Improvement
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) to strategically and systematically ascertain the status of organizational policies, practices and programs is an integral part of our work. Through ongoing involvement in data-driven/evidence-based decision making, we contribute to the development of metrics by which progress towards department and institutional goals and objectives are monitored for improved performance.
The RIA: Implement, Study, Refine and Disseminate involved concurrent project implementation and evaluative activities to refine the Reflection in Action: Building Healthy Communities (RIA) model for dissemination and replication. Located in the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP), RIA was designed to inspire Boston and Cambridge, Mass. middle and high school students about individual and community health, and to translate these improvements into engagement in civic action. Simultaneous implementation and evaluative research significantly extended what is known about the conditions under which results and outcomes are produced by RIA. This study was funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.