Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Building a Training Curriculum to Enhance Evaluation Capacity within an Organization Using the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) as a Case Example

Session Number: 2370
Track: Government Evaluation
Session Type: Birds of a Feather Gathering
Session Facilitator: Brandie Taylor [Supervisory Progam Analyst - National Institutes of Health]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Brandie Taylor [Supervisory Progam Analyst - National Institutes of Health]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Liberty Walton [Public Health Analyst - NIH]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Krystal Tomlin [Health Policy Analyst - National Institutes of Health/NIAID]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Dione Washington [NIH]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (12:15 PM - 01:15 PM)
Room: Table 10

Other Authors: Solomon, Lawrence, NIH/Kelly Services, solomonl@mail.nih.gov
Theme: Learning About Evaluation Use and Users
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The Strategic Planning and Evaluation Branch (SPEB) at NIAID has been working diligently to build a culture of evaluation and related capacity to enhance the effectiveness of NIAID’s research and management programs. As a part of these efforts, SPEB is working to develop a tailored evaluation training curriculum for NIAID staff. This process will start with a needs assessment including interviews and surveys of NIAID staff to identify key areas for enhancing evaluation knowledge and capabilities. Results from the needs assessment will be used to develop an evaluation training curriculum for NIAID. The curriculum may include classroom and computer based trainings, self-paced modules, and hands-on exercises. Training topics may include developing logic models and conducting surveys, interviews, and network analyses. This session will allow participants who are interested in building evaluation capacity to discuss ideas for developing evaluation training resources, key training topics, and effective training formats.

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