Program, Policy, and Curriculum Evaluation
Diverse programs seeking assistance in establishing a measurement infrastructure for ongoing monitoring and outcomes assessment. Evaluation accounts for multiple levels of impact, varied stakeholder experiences and developmental stage(s) of the program or policy initiative.
Dartmouth College Wellness Program
CPDE is contracted by the Wellness at Dartmouth office to conduct a multi-year, mixed methods evaluation of the Dartmouth College Wellness Program. Beginning in 2013 with development of a program logic model and comprehensive evaluation plan, CPDE has gone on to adapt existing instruments to track policy, programmatic, administrative and environmental supports across the different Dartmouth work settings, conduct focus groups and interviews with a diverse mix of leaders, faculty and staff and advise on various evaluation designs to assess long term program goals, including a feasibility assessment for data storage and analysis of healthcare utilization and cost data. Recent efforts have involved design and development of a data visualization 'dashboard' to compile and present measures of program engagement, participation, health risks, utilization and behaviors to guide leaders in targeting their efforts to the diverse workforce at Dartmouth.
Guarini Institute for International Education at Dartmouth
The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education is the home of academic off-campus programs at Dartmouth College. Its leaders approached CPDE seeking assistance with program evaluation of its diverse set of programs (domestic and international, spanning a broad range of academic departments), as well as outcome evaluation of former student participants. Key to our evaluation structure is a mixed methods approach that uses student and faculty surveys and self-reports, document review, observation, and other tracking mechanisms to inform the implementation and continued improvement of the full range of off-campus programs at Dartmouth.
In September 2015, Dartmouth Training and Development launched Dartmouth LEADS, a 9-month cohort-based leadership development program for twenty mid-level leaders and their supervisors. CPDE designed and conducted a comprehensive longitudinal mixed-methods evaluation including pre- and post-program skill assessments from participants and supervisors, a co-worker survey, an inventory of action learning projects, monthly session evaluations and interviews and focus groups to provide both "real-time" feedback during program implementation and summative evaluation of program outcomes. Tracking and follow-up assessment of the first cohort will continue over time, in conjunction with ongoing evaluation of future LEADS cohorts to assess long term value on investment.
Masters of Public Health Program Redesign Evaluation
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) at Dartmouth conducted a needs assessment in 2014-15 leading to the decision to redesign their residential MPH program and create a new, online MPH program. CPDE was recruited to assist in the development of a comprehensive and ongoing evaluation structure to monitor the progress of each program redesign and execution. This includes creating an overall evaluation structure and plan, reviewing and developing instruments for ongoing data collection, creating systems and data displays for feedback to the program and faculty and interviewing stakeholders and faculty.