Multi-site Education and Training

These programs focus on developing and delivering state-of-the art curricula using innovative approaches, targeting unique populations or addressing training and development needs for unique settings. CPDE provides evaluation data and program design guidance to assist with curriculum development, implementation feedback and outcome assessment.


The RSVP program is designed to provide financial, academic, and mentoring support to minority and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students enrolled in the Rivier Nursing program with the goal of increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce. CPDE's role is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the RSVP program through formative and summative evaluation activities that include focus groups and interviews, online and paper surveys, and review of academic transcripts and financial support. Targeted participants include RSVP program participants, peer and faculty mentors, and faculty in the summer programs.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Quality & Safety Training Programs

CPDE has served as the external evaluator for two national VA training programs beginning with the VA's National Quality Scholars Fellowship Program (NQSFP) in 2013-2014, and for the Chief Resident in Quality and Safety (CRQS) program since 2014. The Quality Scholars evaluation employed a mixed methods approach guided by Realist Evaluation principles to assess program outcomes given site-specific contextual factors and varied implementation mechanisms across the eight program locations. The CRQS evaluation has included development of a program logic model, comprehensive longitudinal evaluation plan and mixed methods to examine implementation and outcomes at multiple levels: participants, sites and their stakeholders (faculty, leaders, junior residents, other VA personnel), and across the VA enterprise through national quality and safety performance metrics. Beginning in 2015, CPDE was engaged in a new 2-year VA Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research (HPEER) fellowship program, leading the curriculum development, teaching and training of multiple HPEER fellows.


A project led by emergency medicine physicians at DHMC to establish the Center for Rural Emergency Services and Trauma for Emergency Medical Services (CREST for EMS) Network. The Network will focus on providing a mix of educational opportunities, including high fidelity simulation, a website of resources, and regional trainings in pediatric pre-hospital management for EMS providers in NH and VT currently utilizing DHMC, Cheshire Medical Center, and New London Hospital as medical resource hospitals. The evaluation includes a pre/post, repeated measures survey, pre/post interviews and focus groups with EMS agency leaders and providers, and post-training evaluations.

The Dartmouth Institute Microsystems Academy (TDIMA)

The Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy provides education and coaching tools and resources to support exceptional healthcare and the continual improvement of care. Through the integration of professional experience, empirical and cutting-edge research methodologies and information, the Microsystem Academy's education programs offer rigorous action learning in the science of healthcare quality improvement. Professional development programs focus on improvement capabilities and teach coaching to effect micro and macro system change. CPDE works closely with TDIMA staff to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the TDIMA program offerings. Evaluation activities include surveys, interviews, focus groups, and review of program implementation data.

American Board of Medical Specialties, Maintenance of Certification

In partnership with the American Boards of Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, CPDE conducted a mixed methods evaluation of the Multispecialty Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Portfolio Approval Program at the physician, organizational and program partner levels. The evaluation design included document review and analysis, interviews and focus groups with program leaders at ABFM, ABIM and ABP and during site visits at five sponsoring organizations, and surveying program participants. The final report included suggestions for improvement and dissemination of the program to additional institutions.