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Evaluation and Assessment Unit (EAU)

 

What is Program Evaluation?

"...the process of determining the merit, worth, and value of things."

                                                                                Scriven 1967

 

 

 

 

 

The Evaluation and Assessment Core exists to provide evaluation and assessment services both within (e.g., Prevention Research Center evaluation) and outside of the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health (e.g., Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center evaluation); across UAB's Campus (e.g., Center for Clinical and Translational Science evaluation); and on projects with partnering organizations outside of the academic setting (e.g., JCDH and United Way - Communities Putting Prevention to Work evaluation).
 

Current PRC Evaluation Activities:

 

  Logic Modeling

  •      Survey/ Evaluation Instrument Design
  •      Data Collection/Analysis/Reporting
  •      Tracking PRC Presentations, Publications, Products
  •      Monitoring Work Plan Progress for PRC Cores
  •      Development of Evaluation Plans for Center Activities/ Projects
  •      Technical Assistance for Community Health Scholars Grants
  • .         Social Network Analysis
 
Please Contact:
Lisle Hites
Phone: (205)975-8980
 

Current Evaluation Projects:

 

UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), an NIH Funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) (2010-2012)
Program Website: http://www.ccts.uab.edu/
Project Lead: University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine
Primary Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Research Resources
 
The UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) accelerates research for improved human health. Research covers every phase of translation: from idea formation (T0); to the first testing of the idea in a cell, animal, or person (T1); to large scale clinical trials (T2); to moving a proven idea into health practices (T3); encouraging its adoption as a standard approach (T4); and engaging with the community to put science to work. An example of this community engagement element is One Great Community. One Great Community is the formal venue for developing and enhancing community partnerships, such as a partnership with the McWane Science Center to kick off the Health Change in Your Community Challenge for children age 7-13.
 
 
 
South Central Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (SCPERLC) (2010-2014)
Project Leads:  University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Primary Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
The South Central Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center is a joint collaboration between the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Tulane University which provides training via online courses, satellite broadcasts, and in-person training courses as well as support in designing and evaluating preparedness drills and exercises to public health and emergency response agencies in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The Evaluation Team provides programmatic evaluation for the Center, including designing evaluation tools for Center Trainings and preparedness exercises, and provides services in data collection, entry, analysis, and reporting.
 
 
South Central Public Health Training Center (SCPHTC) (2010-2014)
Project Leads:  University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Primary Funding Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
 
The South Central Public Health Training Center is a joint collaboration between the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Tulane University which provides training via online courses, satellite broadcasts, and in-person training courses to public health agencies in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
 
 
 

Past Evaluation Projects

Jefferson County Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) (2010-2012)

Project Leads:  Jefferson County Department of Health, United Way of Central Alabama
Primary Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
 
The Jefferson County CPPW aims to prevent tobacco use and obesity in Jefferson County, Alabama through a number of health initiatives aimed at achieving policy changes in these areas. Focus areas include smoke free policies at workplaces, bars, and restaurants; tobacco free campuses;, tobacco retail warnings; smoking cessation support; tobacco pricing strategies; Smart Growth land use policies; access to fresh produce at food pantries; food deserts; child care regulations; school food policies and procurement; cafeteria nutrition training; after school wellness; and weight management support. The Evaluation Team is conducting an overall programmatic evaluation of the CPPW and has provided technical assistance in the form of logic mapping for each of the initiatives, developing evaluation instruments for program events and activities, data collection, entry, analysis, and reporting. 

 

                                                                                                                                                                            Evaluation and Assessment Unit Team

 
Lisle Hites, PhD
Evaluation Director
 
 

Dr. Lilse Hites founded the Evaluation and Assessment Unit in 2010. In addition to creating the EAU, Dr. Hites also serves as the Co-Director for evaluation for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Clinical and Translational Science. His role in evaluation also includes working as the Director of Evaluation for the UAB HRSA, and the CDC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center. Dr. Hites is also an assistant professor in the department of Health Care Organization and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His fields of specialization include public health outcomes evaluation, program evaluation, community-based needs assessments, health disparities, and health promotion research. Dr. Hites has participated in national programmatic evaluations and has directed the evaluations of numerous state and local programs designed to develop the health care workforce as well as health promotion programs.

 
He holds a PhD (Industrial and Organizational Psychology) from the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine in Louisiana. He also holds a MEd (Education) from the University of Southern Mississippi in Mississippi, and a M.S. (Industrial/Organizational Psychology) from Tulane University. He obtained a B.S. from the University of Mississippi, and a B.A. from the University Missouri at Kansas City.
 
 

Jessica Wakelee, MPH

Program Director II

Jessica Wakelee supervises all phases of the data collection process including research design, instrument development and administration, database management, data analysis, and reporting. As an evaluation leader, Wakelee currently assists with the evaluation of a number of health-related programs, including the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health (a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center), the Jefferson County Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant, and the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (an NIH/HCRR-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award). She also serves as the Evaluation Coordinator for the South Central Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (SCPERLC), South Central Public Health Training Center (SCPHTC), and Alabama Public Health Training Center (AL PHTC). Early in her career, Wakelee assisted in the evaluation of the Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness during her tenure as the Assistant Director of Planning and Evaluation at the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
 
She holds a MPH (Epidemiology) from the University of Arizona and a B.Sc. in Sports medicine (Pre Physical Therapy) from Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania.
 
Wei Su, PhD
Geographic Information System Specialist
(GIS) Program Manager I
Dr. Wei Su and her team successfully combine research and technology to create GIS statistically analysis and databases. With a background in psychology, public health, and life science, she is able to use GIS to accurately integrate, edit, and analyze the required data needed to make informed decisions. As a GIS specialist, she creates maps to visualize all types of data, perform spatial modeling and analysis to solve problems, and obtain online resources to develop web-based interactive maps. Dr. Su is also an experienced research assistant, statistical analyst, and grant writer. 
 
Dr. Su was awarded a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, Alabama). She also holds a MS in Developmental and Educational Psychology from the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a BS in Biology from the Sichuan University (China).
                           

Ariann Nassel                  

Program Director II

 

                                                                                                                                

Ariann is an expert in developing GIS applications to take public health projects and research to the next level.  As a Program Manager and GIS Analyst, she has established herself as a leader within the industry.  Her specialties include training and teaching GIS, working with census data, programming development, data mining, and using GIS to analyze and evaluate public health programs.
 
Ariann holds a MA in Geography from the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia) and a BA in Geography from Clark University (Worcester, MA).