Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Competency-based self-assessment for professional development and organizational improvement: an example from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Session Number: 1930
Track: Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building
Session Type: Multipaper
Tags: assessment, Professional development, public health
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Mary Kane [President - Concept Systems, Inc.]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (05:30 PM - 06:15 PM)
Room: Thurgood Marshall East

Other Authors: John Robitscher, MPH
jrobitscher@chronicdisease.org
President, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Zarina Fersteyn, MPH
zfersteyn@chronicdisease.org
Director of Program Evaluation, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Theme: Learning About Evaluation Use and Users
Audience Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The changing field of chronic disease prevention, and the many needs and opportunities in each state for chronic disease prevention and health promotion, require the profession to be measurably nimble, well-versed and current in its skills and knowledge.  The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), revised the Association’s competencies in 2016, and in 2017 drafted self-assessment and organizational resource assessment tools to support the practitioner’s capacity to articulate present and needed skills, to align learning to enhance skills and expertise.

In this session, presenters will discuss

  • how the competencies were used to develop the self-assessment tools.
  • the conversion of the needs-assessment from a one-event tool to a cumulative self-measure, for ongoing development and career advancement.
  • using the competencies to support chronic disease agency hiring and advancement decisions for systemic capacity building.
  • how the assessments support Association program decisions for professional development.


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