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Qualitative Evaluation Week

The American Evaluation Association (AEA) just concluded a week-long blog theme about qualitative evaluation, which we’ve summarized below for your reference and to consider as part of your own assessment efforts:

  1. The Role of Context – the authors of this entry previously shared five high quality elements of qualitative evaluation,  and this entry referenced them while emphasizing the need for evaluators to understand what role setting, relationships, and other context factors play in data as well.
  2. Purposeful Sampling – a great explanation on why to avoid convenience sampling (interviewing people because they happen to be around) and using caution with your qualitative evaluation terminology to consider not using the word ‘sampling’ due to people’s association of it with random probability.
  3. Interviewing People who are Challenging – establishing rapport leads to good qualitative data, but what does an interviewer do if there seems to be conflict with the interviewee? Details about how to manage your own feelings and approach with a curious mindset are very helpful!
  4. Asking Stupid Questions – this example from a bilingual HIV/AIDS training is especially insightful about the importance of clarifying sexual terms, putting aside concerns the evaluator may have about looking ‘stupid,’ and outcomes that led to deeper engagement and discussion from the group.
  5. Practical Qualitative Analysis – many helpful tips and lessons shared, including the reminder of being sure to group our participants’ responses that answer the same question together even if these replies come from different parts of the survey or interview.
  6. Providing Descriptions – sometimes there are concerns expressed that evaluation is ‘only looking at the negative,’ and by including full details about your qualitative inquiry collection and analysis as an additional resource or appendix you can help explain the steps of the process that otherwise may not be evident.

Need more information about qualitative and other types of evaluation? The Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) has resources available including our Tools and Resources for Evaluation guide and our freely available Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach booklet series.

Recruiting Proposal Reviewers

We are looking for Network Members interested to review proposals for funding. If you volunteer to review proposals, we’ll send them to you in mid-March to be reviewed by April 15th.  Please email me at if you are interested to serve as a reviewer.  You can earn 5 AHIP credits for serving as a proposal reviewer.

Please note that there is will time to apply for funding. We’ll accept proposals until March 16th. If you are interested to apply for funding, please email Mary Piorun with your intent to apply. We offer funding for projects related to digitization, member program development, community preparedness, technology improvement, library services to health agencies, health information outreach, and health information research.

Michelle Eberle, Health Literacy and Community Engagement Coordinator


MedlinePlus Tutorials

After Thursday, MedlinePlus is no longer providing a library of interactive tutorials. This is based on trends the National Library of Medicine (NLM) observed from users and NLM’s desire to provide information that most closely aligns with user needs. NLM welcomes your feedback about how you think MedlinePlus information should be presented and what type of content is missing. Please send your suggestions or feedback to the National Library of Medicine through the Contact Us form.

Funding Opportunity from the National Cancer Institute

Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (CPACHE) (U54)


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites cooperative agreement (U54) applications for the implementation of Comprehensive Partnerships between institutions serving underserved health disparity populations and underrepresented students (ISUPS) and NCI-designated Cancer Centers (CC). The purpose of this FOA is to continue fostering and supporting intensive collaborations among investigators at ISUPS and CCs in order to develop stronger national cancer programs aimed at understanding the reasons behind the significant cancer disparities and related impacts on these populations.


Application Due Date: April 1, 2015 (Letter of Intent due 30 days prior to due date)

Learn more here: PAR-15-103

Eligibility Information:

Each partnership must include both types of institutions: 1) an institution serving underserved health disparity populations and underrepresented students (ISUPS); and 2) an NCI-designated Cancer Center (CC).  ISUPS with medical schools, or with more focused education and research programs (e.g., Masters and PhD programs), as well as those that offer only baccalaureate degrees and Tribal Colleges may all participate in this initiative.


About the NCI:

The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.  The Institute supports education and training in fundamental sciences and clinical disciplines for participation in basic and clinical research programs and treatment programs relating to cancer through career awards, training grants, and fellowships.


Please share this NIH funding opportunity with your colleagues.


Michael Honch

Outreach Intern

Specialized Information Services Division

National Library of Medicine

National Institutes of Health

Desk: 301.443-7635

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