173543 Training the public health workforce one byte at a time and the challenges of evaluation

Monday, October 27, 2008: 12:45 PM

Melissa (Moose) Alperin, MPH, CHES , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Jill Andrews Davis, MPH , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Kathleen R. Miner, PhD, MPH, CHES , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
As the state capital in the largest state east of Mississippi, Atlanta is often viewed in Georgia, as the hub of public health expertise. Atlanta contains three university/college public health preparation programs and is home to CDC, American Cancer Society, and National Arthritis Foundation. Because of its location in Atlanta, the Emory Center for Public Health Preparedness (Emory CPHP) has the unique opportunity to tap into local and national preparedness expertise and disseminate it broadly throughout Georgia and the U.S. The Emory CPHP uses technology as a primary strategy for disseminating this expertise. Since its creation in 2002, the Emory CPHP has developed more than 85 technology-enhanced instructional activites (lectures, conference proceedings, interactive trainings, case studies) that are distributed via CD-ROM, webcasts, and/or podcasts. More than 28,000 copies have been distributed to state and local public health workers across Georgia and the nation. Emory CPHP trainings are evaluated using a variety of methods: alpha and beta testing, pilot testing, pre/post-tests, and/or in-depth evaluations. The data from these evaluations are used to assess learner knowledge and competence and in the development of future trainings. One of the challenges of evaluating enduring training materials like CD-ROMs and webcasts, is also its strength the ability for enduring training materials to reach a widespread audience and the ability for this audience to use the trainings when the need arises (e.g., just-in-time training). This presentation will talk about the evaluation methodologies used by the Emory CPHP, challenges, and potential solutions.

Learning Objectives:
1.) Describe evaluation methodologies used by the Emory Center for Public Health Preparedness. 2.) Describe evaluation challenges encountered by the Emory Center for Public Health Preparedness.

Keywords: Evaluation, Professional Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Co-PI of the Emory CPHP.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.