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CPDE works with partners leading education and training initiatives that focus on developing and delivering interventions targeting specific populations to improve knowledge, skills, and abilities of participants. Projects in this area are both academic and clinical.
Academic-related initiatives include medical education, public health curriculum development and evaluation, and undergraduate course evaluations. Clinical training includes screening for substance abuse and implementing quality and safety measures, as well as trainings for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workers. Education-related Initiatives include:


Behavioral Health Workforce Education Training Program at Rivier (Compass/BHWET)

The Compass projects is a Behavioral Health Workforce Education Training (BHWET) Program at Rivier University. The Compass initiative will increase the behavioral health workforce serving the vulnerable and medically underserved communities of New Hampshire by providing stipends, field experience, educational workshops, and interdisciplinary collaborations to students in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and School Counseling graduate programs. CPDE has been contracted as the external evaluators for this 4-year project. Recent evaluation activities have used a mixed methods approach including focus groups, surveys, workshop evaluations, and observation to assess knowledge, skill, attitudes, communication, and overall programmatic implementation. (Funder: HRSA)

Guarini Institute for Off-Campus Programs at Dartmouth

The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education is the home of academic off-campus programs at Dartmouth College. CPDE examines the institute’s diverse set of programs (domestic and international, spanning a broad range of academic departments), as well as outcome evaluations 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. (Funder: The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education at Dartmouth College)

Masters in Public Health program at The Dartmouth Institute

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. (Funder: The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice)

Rivier University Success and Visionary Project (RSVP)

The RSVP program is designed to provide financial, academic, and mentoring support to minority and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students enrolled in the Rivier College 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. (Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration)


Center for Rural Emergency Services and Trauma for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workers

From 2013-2017, emergency medicine physicians at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center expanded the CREST network to provide educational opportunities including high fidelity simulation, web-based resources, and regional trainings in pediatric pre-hospital management to emergency medical service providers in NH and VT. CPDE contributed to the grant application with the evaluation design and methodology, and then carried out the evaluation over four years which included a pre/post survey, participant interviews and focus groups at multiple time points, training evaluations, and protocol development for pre/post skills and competency testing. (Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration)

New Hampshire Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

In 2015, New Hampshire’s Area Health Education Center launched an evidence-based training program for rising public health professionals at colleges and universities across the state. This project aims to train future Nurses, Physicians, Physical Therapists, Pharmacists, and Physician Assistants to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use of alcohol and other illicit drugs through screening, intervention, and early referral where indicated. Faculty and staff involved with NH SBIRT use a unique, collaborative approach designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of an interprofessional approach to addressing and mitigating substance misuse through various levels of intervention. (Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

The Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy

The Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy provides education, coaching tools, and resources to support exceptional healthcare and the continual improvement of care. Professional development programs focus on improvement capabilities and teach coaching to effect change within and across health care systems. 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. (Funders include: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Dartmouth Institute)