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Resources by Topic: Evaluation methods and resources

A Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities
A resource to build evaluation knowledge and skills of tribes, evaluation partners, and other stakeholders to conduct more useful and meaningful evaluations. Focused on evaluation of child welfare programs, but applicable to evaluation of other types of programs.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress
Develops an actionable plan for measuring the nation's progress in obesity prevention efforts. Includes information and tools related to evaluating obesity prevention efforts, with the goal that the most promising interventions will be adopted more widely. Includes some discussion of challenges related to rural program evaluation. Appendix E features tools and methods used to evaluate programs and identifies those that were used in a rural setting.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Why Rural Research Is Important — And How Foundations Can Support It
Examines the increasing emphasis on evidence-based practice in health and human services and why more and better rural data collection is necessary. Discusses the role the federal government and foundations can play in supporting rural research.
Author(s): Kathleen Belanger
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool
Provides a framework by which data can be collected from multiple community paramedicine programs to develop common successes and challenges. Designed to address rural settings.
Date: 03/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Using Logic Models for Flex Program Planning, Management, Evaluation, and Reporting
Recording of a March 2012 webinar addressing how to develop and work with logic models as a program management and evaluation tool. Designed to assist Flex Program Coordinators with developing workplans for a noncompetitive continuation progress report.
Date: 03/2012
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Incorporating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into Program Evaluation: Lessons from a Rural Medicine Initiative
Describes the process used to determine whether students were placed in rural clinical settings to address Michigan's rural physician shortage. Defines levels of rurality.
Author(s): Jason C. Booza, Patrick D. Bridge, Anne Victoria Neale, Maryjean Schenk
Citation: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 23(1), 59-66
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
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Creating Program Logic Models: A Toolkit for State Flex Programs
Logic modeling toolkit for use by state Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Programs (Flex Programs) in planning for and managing their Flex programs. Provides a framework for assessing and communicating state-level Flex Program performance.
Author(s): John Gale, Stephenie Loux, Andrew Coburn
Date: 04/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Model Trauma System Planning and Evaluation
Designed to provide trauma care direction to trauma care professionals, including public health officials and health care policy experts, when developing and evaluating trauma systems.
Additional links: Trauma System Self-Assessment Supplemental Tool: Benchmarks, Indicators, and Scoring
Date: 02/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Balanced Scorecards for Small Rural Hospitals: Concept Overview and Implementation Guidance
Describes the process of implementing a Balanced Scorecard (BSC) initiative in a small rural hospital setting. Includes a Balanced Scorecard example. Lists common terminology with definitions.
Date: 2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Rural Community Paramedicine Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities develop community paramedicine programs. Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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