Outreach Evaluation Resource Center
Quarterly Report: November - January, 2002
Training and continuing education
Nov. 6-10: C. Burroughs attended the American Evaluation Association national conference in St. Louis, MO and completed two full day continuing education courses on: 1) qualitative research; and 2) participatory research methods.
Dec. 6: At the invitation of NN/LM, SCR, C. Burroughs gave a 1.5 hour presentation about program evaluation at the meeting of their Regional Advisory Committee. C. Burrroughs attended the entire 2-day meeting, which was very helpful in understanding the unique and overlapping concerns of various regions in the NN/LM.
Jan. 15-16: C. Burroughs attended a 2-day continuing education course on practical program evaluation at the Evaluator�s Institute in San Francisco, taught by evaluation expert Dr. Michael Scriven from Claremont University.
Web site development
C. Burroughs began planning meetings with Dr. Zoe Stavri, consultant, about developing a stand alone web-based toolkit for the evaluation guide on ways to develop useful research objectives and methodology for decision-based evaluation.
Consultation with Network members and NNO
C. Burroughs consulted with the NN/LM PNR to develop a logic model and theory of action statement for Tribal Connections Project, Phase 3 (TCP 3). The model and theory of action presents the project�s hoped for outcomes and general process, i.e., the resources, activities, and outputs required to execute it. Ms. Burroughs also contributed input for the job description and recruitment of an evaluation consultant for TCP 3. To facilitate a focused and collaborative approach to TC3 planning, Ms. Burroughs arranged to have an experienced evaluator conduct a mapping session with the TC3 staff.
At the request of Virginia Bowden, lead investigator of the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley Health Information Hispanic Outreach project, C. Burroughs reviewed and provided input on the audience analysis and goals/objectives for their outreach to Med High, one of 4 sites selected for the project.
Based on a meeting in October with Angela Ruffin, Betsy Humphries, and Becky Lyon, C. Burroughs submitted a memo to Ms. Ruffin clarifying NNO�s suggested goals for an RML program evaluation. Ms. Burroughs suggested discussing these evaluation topics at the RML Director�s meeting in March.
C. Burroughs reviewed the interview guide developed by an outside consultant (Susan Usitalo) who is conducting a follow-up evaluation of a previous PNR resource library project assessing Alaska public health nurses� internet use.
Assistance with analysis, synthesis, and reporting of evaluation results
C. Burroughs met with PNR staff to begin conceptualizing an article about the results of the user-informed PNR website study.
Communications and collaboration
As co-author, C. Burroughs reviewed and provided input to NLM about a draft article being submitted to the Journal of the Medical Library Association. The article is an evaluative analysis of Tribal Connections, Phase 1.
C. Burroughs worked with an NLM-funded consumer health project at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The project's target audience is seven immigrant and refugee communities in the Seattle area, Oromo, Somali, Ethiopian, Tigrean, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Latino. The project's methodology is to train community trainers who will tailor the curriculum and share with their own communities. C. Burroughs provided input to project staff about evaluation planning for the project.
Utilization and promotion of the evaluation guide.
There were 60 individual domestic and international requests for the guide via the OERC website from a variety of settings, such as a Preventive Medicine Residency program, an Aging and Long Term Care center, a Cultural Competency Resource Center, and one request from faculty who will preview it for use in his health care research class. Unsolicited feedback included:
�This resource has just the information I need for our Health Library program.�
�Currently I serve on a research advisory panel to a
NIDRR-sponsored capacity building project for minority
researchers in disabilities. The Guide appears to contain
information that would help me be more effective as an
C. Burroughs developed and submitted a budget and justification for Year 2 of the OERC contract.
With Neil Rambo, C. Burroughs reviewed the proposed subcontract proposal from the Indiana University for the National Outreach Mapping Center.