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Evaluating public health leadership training in Wisconsin: Beyond participant report

Marion Ceraso, MHS1, Elizabeth Giese, RN, MSPH2, Kirsten Gruebling, MPH, CHES3, Eric Krawczyk, MPH, CHES4, Peter Layde, MD, MSc3, Peggy Ore, MS, RN1, and Patrick Remington, MD, MPH1. (1) Population Health Institute, University of Wisconsin, 387 WARF, 610 Walnut St., Madison, WI 53726, (2) Department of Public Health - Western Regional Office, 610 Gibson St, Suite 3, Eau Claire, WI 54701, (3) Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226, (4) Oneida CHC/Oneida Nation, 525 Airport Road, Oneida, WI 54155, 920-869-4812, ekrawczy@oneidanation.org

There is limited research on the effectiveness of public health leadership training programs. A recent review of the literature revealed that evaluation studies rely heavily on self-report data from program participants and do not capture potential broader program impacts. To better inform national and state public health leadership development initiatives, evaluations are needed that go beyond participant report. The Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute has developed a comprehensive plan for evaluating its training program. The evaluation is divided into two main categories, process and outcomes. The process evaluation includes the training, program design and development, partnerships and resources. The outcome evaluation measures participants learning, individual and organizational behavior changes, physical environment and policy changes, program sustainability and ultimately intermediate and long-term health status indicators. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be collected from program participants, community leaders, program materials, direct observation, and surveillance sources. The Institute has been designed to be comprehensive in its approach to improving the capacity of the public health workforce and in turn improving health outcomes in Wisconsin. The evaluation design reflects the need to be broad as well as informative.

This session will present data from a review of the evaluation literature on public health leadership institutes, including an annotated bibliography, and will outline the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute evaluation plan, including evaluation questions, indicators and methods.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of this session, the participants will be able to

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