Building Evaluation Capacity to Address Health Disparities: A Collaborative Framework
Evaluation is often relegated to the last step in the process of program development. Frequent questions asked by stakeholders include, how
exactly can evaluation capacity be developed to address health disparities and how can evaluation be an agent to social change? This paper describes the application of the Model for Collaborative Evaluations (MCE) in building evaluation capacity to address health disparities. This model is a comprehensive framework for guiding collaborative evaluations in a precise, realistic, and useful manner (Rodriguez-Campos, 2005). The MCE includes a set of six interactive components that helps stakeholders establish priorities in order to achieve a supportive evaluation environment, with a special emphasis on those factors that facilitate collaboration. Consequently, this model has a systematic structure that provides a basis for decisionmaking. This paper offers insight on strategies to build evaluation capacity in health settings using the MCE.
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The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 11, pp.317-324.
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Faculty, Department of Educational Measurement and Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
Dr. Liliana Rodríguez-Campos is nationally and internationally recognized for her collaborative approach to evaluation. Among other publications, she is the author of the book Collaborative Evaluations: A Step-by-Step Model
for the Evaluator. A recipient of the prestigious Marcia Guttentag Award from the American Evaluation Association and a program chair, Dr. Rodriguez-Campos also serves as the chair of the board of directors at the Evaluation Capacity
Development Group. At the University of South Florida, she is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Center for Research, Evaluation,
Assessment and Measurement.
Health Educator, Moffitt Diversity, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, USA
LaShonda Coulbertson is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida, where her research interests lie in health education and promotion, program planning, community capacity building and program evaluation. Her practice activities focus on the utilization of the Community Health Worker (CHW) Model to provide community education. Ms. Coulbertson holds a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Education, and a national certification with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Adult Education with a concentration in Measurement and Evaluation.
LaShonda is a member of the American
Evaluation Association, the Southeastern
Evaluation Association, the American Public
Health Association and the Society for Public
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