Leadership | Evaluation Programs

Evaluation and Institutional Assessment Unit

The Institutional Evaluation Unit provides evaluation leadership, evaluation technical assistance, conducts evaluation capacity building, and assesses programs.

Unit Goals

Evaluation Services

  • Evaluation Planning and Purpose Development
  • Orientation to Evaluation (“Evaluation 101”)
  • Evaluation Capacity Building
  • Logic Model Development
  • Process Evaluation
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection Tool Development
  • Database Development and Management
  • Data Analysis, Interpretation, Reporting
  • Grant Writing Support
Evaluation Services

Institutional Assessment

We aim to conduct evaluation of the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) programs, projects, and activities to identify successes, challenges and opportunities.

Participatory Evaluation

We actively work to identify evaluation needs mutually identified by the evaluation unit and stakeholders (funding agencies, researchers, community-based organizations, and target populations representing community, academic, private or federal organizations).

The Evaluation and Institutional Assessment Unit partners with stakeholders to conduct research, training or service-focused evaluations that are participatory, capacity-building, and identify emerging best practices. 

Training & Education

We train undergraduates, medical students, residents, master’s trainees and public health professionals to conduct assessment of research, training, and service projects.

Guiding Principles

  • Evaluations Should be Participatory
    Evaluation activities should foster sustained ownership and involvement in a partnership between evaluators and stakeholders. The time and resources taken to develop an evaluation plan is necessary to develop and adequately assess programs, services or interventions. 
  • Evaluation Capacity Building
    A central aim of assessment activities should be to demystify evaluation such that it is perceived and operationalized to be essential to program planning, implementation and measurement, rather than punitive.
  • Both Evaluation Processes and Outcomes are Critical
    The development of replicable, evidence-based programs call for identification of emerging best practices or recipes for success. Hence, both processes used and outcomes achieved are necessary to understanding defined success and how it is achieved.
  • Evaluations Should Lead to Decision-Making
    Evaluation results should lead to decisions which may include the formulation of recommendations for programmatic improvements, practice/policy changes, or subsequent research to address identified needs.
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