Online Program

Evaluating CEnR Support: Findings and Dissemination from a Community-Academic Collaborative

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Maryann Mason, PhD, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
George Greene, PhD, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Jen Brown, MPH, Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW, Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Benjamin Rucker, MPH, Chinese Mutual Aid Associatiion
Emily LaFlamme, MPH, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, IL
William Healey, PT, EdD, GCS, Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Established in 2008 and based at Northwestern University, the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC).  ARCC supports CEnR by providing partnership facilitation, capacity-building workshops and one-on-one technical assistance, seed grants, monthly information and resource updates, advocacy for supportive institutional policies, and other activities as needed.  ARCC uses a collaborative evaluation approach led by its Evaluation Work Group (EWG).  EWG members include community and academic members of ARCC’s steering committee, as well as ARCC staff. The EWG has worked collectively since 2011 to develop evaluation tools, analyze data and develop findings and dissemination materials. 

A community and academic partner team will describe the ARCC EWG’s structure, purpose and iterative evaluation process starting with collaborative development of an on-line survey tool launched in winter of 2014 all the way through subsequent qualitative follow-up focus groups and interviews to be conducted in the spring of 2015.  The presentation will identify effective methods for enhancing collaboration, collecting quantitative and qualitative data, and facilitating participatory and multi-phased analysis processes.  

Key evaluation foci included academic and community partner capacity for CEnR, barriers to CEnR, and CEnR strengths and weaknesses.  Results from the on-line survey with 241 community and academic partner respondents and follow-up focus groups and interviews will be discussed.  The team will provide examples of the several dissemination methods used to convey findings. 

Presenters will further discuss from their perspectives as collaborating community and academic partners how this collaborative approach improved/enhanced evaluation results and utilization of findings. Future EWG plans will also be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice

Learning Objectives:
Describe the structure, function and goals of a collaborative community-academic Evaluation Work Group (EWG) Understand the tools, data collection methods and types of data used to evaluate a university-based CEnR support program. Learn about the findings and dissemination methods resulting from the collaborative evaluation of a University-based CEnR support program.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have represented the Chicago Department of Public Health on the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland's Communities (ARCC) Steering Committee for the past year. ARCC is a community-academic organization that supports community engaged research in Chicagoland through capacity building and seed grant support. I have participated in the Evaluation Working Group of ARCC since I joined the Steering Committee.
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.