2016 IVP Program & Policy Evaluation Institute
Application Process for 2016 is Now Closed
Program and policy strategies are fundamental elements of a public health approach to preventing injuries and violence. However, the impact of these strategies must be constantly assessed to better understand and enhance their effectiveness. Robust evaluations of program and policy strategies can contribute significantly to the improvement of public health practice, as they inform practitioners and policymakers about what prevention strategies are truly effective and how these strategies can be better implemented or enforced for maximal impact.
In order to strengthen skills and the evidence-base available for injury and violence prevention practice, the Safe States Alliance and the American Public Health Association (APHA) are now accepting applications for the 2016 Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) Program & Policy Evaluation Institute (Evaluation Institute).
Eligible applicants are state public health department programs or divisions that are responsible for injury and violence prevention (IVP) activities. Through a competitive application process, up to eight (8) teams will be selected to participate in the Evaluation Institute.
The primary goals of the Evaluation Institute are to:
- Enhance the ability of public health practitioners to plan and implement high-quality IVP program and policy evaluations through the application of evaluation strategies, techniques, and methods;
- Support ongoing collaborations and exchanges of evaluation-related knowledge between peers and practitioners; and
- Enhance the ability of state public health departments and their partner agencies to conduct IVP-related program and policy evaluations over time.
Selected teams will:
- Participate in a multi-day (16 training hours) Evaluation Workshop in Atlanta, GA that is designed to help evaluation teams finalize and begin implementing an evaluation plan for their proposed program or policy (Tentatively scheduled to take place in May or June 2016);
- Receive customized technical assistance (provided through a bank of “evaluation consultation” hours) designed to provide teams with access to evaluation experts that will support their specific evaluation planning and implementation activities throughout the entire Evaluation Institute; and
- Engage in an online Evaluation “Community of Practice” that will provide a forum for teams to engage in ongoing discourse, collaboration, learning, and skill-building.