Description: The Purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of evaluation and research as applied to public health programs, policies and other types of interventions. The course covers impact, outcomes, process and participatory evaluation, and a number of research designs common in public health evaluation research, Students will gain skills in framing evaluation questions. In addition, students will gain skills needed to understand and critique published evaluation literature, and skills in measurement/data collection strategies. Class format includes lecture, discussion articles, and small group exercises. For final project, students will design and write and evaluation plan in the format of a proposal for funding.
Description: Implementation science aims to systematically understand why evidence-based innovations frequently fail to achieve intended outcomes once implemented and to improve innovation implementation. In this course, students will develop an understanding of how to move research into practice and will develop their own implementation plan for an innovation of their choosing.
Learning Objectives: Explain the principles and practice of implementation science;
Discuss theoretical and evidence-based models and frameworks for understanding and describing challenges for implementing innovative and/or evidence-based practices, programs and policies;
Describe barriers and facilitators to implementing and sustaining innovative and/or evidence-based practices, programs or policies;
Understand, describe, and evaluate theory-based strategies for overcoming barriers to successful and sustained implementation;
Define and operationalize outcomes for evaluating implementation efforts, including fidelity of implementation and downstream practice, program or policy effectiveness;
Design an implementation plan that connects implementation strategies to implementation barriers via mechanisms of change and specifies multiple outcomes for evaluating the implementation effort;
Explain the importance of successful implementation for improving public health.