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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 Unit (EAU) exists to provide evaluation and assessment services both within and outside of the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health; across UAB’s Campus, and on projects with partnering organizations outside of the academic setting.

The EAU offers a wide variety of services, including, but not limited to:
 

  • Logic Modeling
  • Survey/ Evaluation Instrument Design
  • Focus group design & conduct
  • Structured interview design & conduct
  • Qualtrics programming
  • Data Collection/ Analysis/ Report Development
  • Evaluation Plan Development
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Geospatial Analysis/ Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Data Visualization

 

For service inquiries, please contact:

Lisle Hites

Phone: (205)975-8980

Email: lhites@uab.edu

 

 

                                                                                                                                   

EAU Team 

 

 

Lisle Hites, PhD
Evaluation Director
 

Dr. Lisle 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.  Dr. Hites is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy in the UAB School of Public Health. 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, 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
Consultant
 

Jessica Wakelee has over 10 years’ experience in programmatic evaluation of state and federal health-related intervention and training programs.  Her areas of specialization include survey design and programming, report preparation, Social Network Analysis, Root Cause Analysis, and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercise design, evaluation, and improvement planning. 

Jessica holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from the University of Arizona and a B.S. in Sportsmedicine from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania.

 
 
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 Director and GIS Analyst, she has established herself as a leader within the industry.  Her specialties include training and teaching GIS, working with census data, program development, data collection, 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).

Wei Su, PhD
Program Manager I
 

Dr. Wei Su is a developmental psychologist who has been cross-trained in public health, statistics, and geographic information system (GIS). During her PhD study, Dr. Su mainly focused on adolescent health outcomes and influences from family, school, and community. As a program manager, she supports various health and education programs. She assists with all phases of the data collection process including research design, instrument development, database management, data analysis, and reporting. She also uses GIS tools to assist in making informed decisions.

Dr. Su was awarded a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 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).

                           

Current Evaluation Projects

 

Project Period

Project Title

Principal Investigator/ Organization

2010-2019

UAB Center for the Study of Community Health, a CDC-designated Prevention Research Center (PRC)

PI: Max Michael

UAB School of Public Health

2014-Pres.

UAB Physician Scientist Development Office (Multiple programs)

PI: Robin Lorenz

UAB School of Medicine

2010-2019

UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), an NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA)

PI: Robert Kimberly

UAB School of Medicine

2016-2018

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, a HRSA-funded Nursing, Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) Award

PI: Cynthia Selleck

UAB School of Nursing

2013-2018

Veterans Career Advancement in Nursing (Veterans CAN!)

PI: Rhonda McLain

UAB School of Nursing

2012-2020

Alabama Center for Improving Health of People with Disabilities

PI: Laurie Eldridge-Auffant

Alabama Dept of Public Health

2013-2018

Alabama State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health (1305) Grant

PI: Sondra Reese

Alabama Dept of Public Health

2017-2019

Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative Project

PI: Cassandra Dove

Mississippi State Dept of Health

2017-2019

Academic-Practice Partnership for a Healthier Alabama

PI: Katie Buys

UAB School of Nursing

2017-2019

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT Program)

PI: Ashley Hodges

UAB School of Nursing

 

Past Evaluation Projects

 

Project Period

Project Title

Principal Investigator/ Organization

2014-2018

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program - Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

PI: Maria Shirey

UAB School of Nursing

2015-2017

Pathways in Academic Medicine Program

PI: Jessica Merlin

UAB School of Medicine

2015-2016

Collaborating to Promote Brain Health within the Public Health Workforce

PI: Caroline Newkirk

Mississippi State Dept of Health

PI: Patty Dunn

Alzheimer’s Association, Mississippi Chapter

2012-2016

Technology Enhancement for Psychiatric NPs Using Interprofessional Education

PI: Teena McGuinness

UAB School of Nursing

2012-2015

National Center for Health, Physical Activity, and Disability

PI: James Rimmer

UAB School of Health Professions, UAB-Lakeshore Collaborative

2012-2015

Enrichment Academy for Nursing Success (HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity)

PI: Rhonda McLain

UAB School of Nursing

2012-2015

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice at the PATH Clinic (HRSA Nursing, Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention)

PI: Cynthia Selleck

UAB School of Nursing

2012-2015

Culturally Competent, Distance Accessible Doctorate of Nursing Practice Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Management of Diabetes (CCDNP-AMD) Program

PI: Annette Hess

UAB School of Nursing

2010-2015

South Central Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (SC PERLC)

PI: Peter Ginter

UAB School of Public Health

2010-2015

Alabama Public Health Training Center

PI: Lisa McCormick

UAB School of Public Health

2010-2012

Jefferson County Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)

PI: Teri Chafin

Jefferson Co. Dept of Health

 

 

 

 

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