The Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC) conducts external evaluations for public health departments and other organizations. We take a participatory approach to program evaluation, working with project staff and partners to assure that the evaluation matches the needs and priorities of primary stakeholders, including funders. Dr. Michelle Kegler and Dr. Kimberly Jacob Arriola, in the Department of Behavioral Sciences of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, direct EPRC evaluations and assure that all of our evaluations meet high quality standards. Clients included the Georgia Department of Public Health, Cobb County Board of Health and the Mississippi State Department of Health.
The EPRC served as the lead evaluator for the Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative (MDHC), a CDC-funded community-based initiative to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke through policy and environmental systems change. The Mississippi State Department of Health implemented the MDHC in collaboration with local community partners. The MDHC evaluation was guided by a conceptual framework that identified outcomes related to community mobilization, community capacity, and policy and environmental systems changes. Data were collected through review of progress reports; key informant interviews with grantees; a survey of Health Council members; and an organizational survey of worksites, churches, schools and community health centers involved with the initiative. Click here for related publication. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25829118
The EPRC had a contract with the Georgia Department of Public Health (GA DPH) to evaluate Together We Can: Georgia Colorectal Cancer Program, a statewide, CDC-funded project to promote colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. The GA DPH funded five Regional Cancer Coalitions of Georgia (RCCG) to implement the program in their respective regions. Intervention strategies include media campaigns, community education and outreach, capacity building and training, and patient navigation and colonoscopy provision. This evaluation assessed common elements shared across the statewide program and conducted two special evaluations of specific activities conducted by RCCGs: 1) an outcome evaluation exploring what proportion of participants at RCCG-hosted educational outreach events seek or obtain CRC screening within three months of attending an event, and 2) an evaluation of health care systems change activities to increase CRC screening in clinical sites targeted by two RCCGs.
Cobb Douglas Public Health contracted with the EPRC to evaluate their CDC-funded Community Transformation Grant (CTG). The Cobb CTG program promotes tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, quality clinical and other preventive services, social and emotional wellness, and healthy and safe physical environments. The EPRC worked with Cobb CTG program staff and partners to develop a set of project logic models, conduct a social network analysis survey of the community coalition that guides the CTG project, evaluate a Farm Fresh Market Program and conduct key informant interviews about tobacco control policies.