A participatory evaluation framework in the establishment and implementation of transdisciplinary collaborative centers for health disparities research.

Academic Article


  • OBJECTIVE: We describe the formulation and implementation of a participatory evaluation plan for three Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. METHODS: Although different in scope of work, all three centers share a common goal of establishing sustainable centers in health disparities science in three priority areas - social determinants of health, men's health research, and health policy research. RESULTS: The logic model guides the process, impact, and outcome evaluation. Emphasis is placed on process evaluation in order to establish a "blue print" that can guide other efforts as well as assure that activities are being implemented as planned. CONCLUSION: We have learned three major lessons in this process: (1) Significant engagement, participation, and commitment of all involved is critical for the evaluation process; (2) Having a "roadmap" (logic model) and "directions" (evaluation worksheets) are instrumental in getting members from different backgrounds to follow the same path; and (3) Participation of the evaluator in the leadership and core meetings facilitates continuous feedback.
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  • Evaluation, Frameworks, Health disparities, Transdisciplinary, Community-Based Participatory Research, Cooperative Behavior, Health Policy, Health Status Disparities, Humans, Interdisciplinary Communication, Minority Health, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Research Design
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    Author List

  • Scarinci IC; Moore A; Benjamin R; Vickers S; Shikany J; Fouad M
  • Start Page

  • 37
  • End Page

  • 45
  • Volume

  • 60