Evaluation Services

One of the arms of the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research (CHOPR) is Evaluation Services, which is focused on advising and managing evaluation requirements for research and service projects.  Staff members are available for collaboration on evaluation requirements for everything from local service projects to federally-funded research grants. Staff can provide assistance that ranges from consultation on project design, to collaboration of conducting all steps of the project evaluation.  

Staff have extensive experience conducting process evaluation via qualitative techniques, including focus group and key informant interviews. Process evaluation techniques also include experience in modifying data collection materials to make culturally and linguistically appropriate through input from community members. The ultimate goal of the process evaluation methods is to create a “map” of how to take a successful health program or intervention and introduce it to another community.
 
Staff also have vast experience in outcome evaluation, which is focused mainly on using quantitative methods to examine the health topic of interest to see if the program has impacted it. Outcome evaluation technique assistance includes utilizing  pre/post-test measures, how to operationalize important clinical indicators, performing chart abstractions and other data collection techniques, and conducting statistical analyses. Ultimately, the evaluation services from CHOPR culminate in required report writing as well as publications in peer-reviewed journals.
 
For more information, please contact the Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention Research 605-312-6200.


Projects

 

White Buffalo Calf Woman Society’s (WBCWS) Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Project
Funded by: U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime
The vision of the Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Project (MVP) is to support male survivors of violence and their families by identifying and providing safety, support, culturally supportive response and advocacy to male youth. Sanford Evaluation is conducting the process and outcome evaluation along with providing support through focused needs assessments and overall strategic planning.
Staff: Emily Griese, PhD and Jaymi Russo, MEd

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education
Funded by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth and Families
Run by Volunteers of America, Dakotas, this program conducts marriage and relationship education with a variety of groups including at risk youth, couples, singles, parents, and veterans.
Staff: DenYelle Baete Kenyon, PhD and Tracey McMahon, MS

White Buffalo Calf Woman Society’s (WBCWS) Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems Program
Funded by: U.S. Department of Justice
Sanford Research will be in charge of conducting the process and outcome evaluation techniques of this important project. The evaluation team will work with WBCWS to identify measurements and tools to capture the necessary data and will be dedicated to collecting appropriate program measurements.
Staff: Jessica Hanson, PhD and Jamie Jensen, MS

First Steps to Healthy Babies
Funded by: PrimeWest Health
This project is a collaboration between Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in Bemidji, MN, Beltrami County Health and Human Services, and the Red Lake Family and Children Services. The goal is to develop a local program for prenatal screening and intervention for substance abuse in pregnancy.
Staff: Jessica Hanson, PhD and Jamie Jensen, MS

Chance for Change Homeless Youth Street Outreach
Funded by: Department of Health and Human Services
Run by Volunteers of America, Dakotas, this program targets youth under the age of 21 to guarantee them access to emergency shelter and crisis resources. Outreach staff deliver water, snacks, and hygiene products to people in need on the street, and offer case management services to them at the Bowden Youth Center. Case management includes food, clothing, hygiene supplies, transportation, crisis counseling, and referrals to other services (e.g., housing, employment, mental health. We have helped streamline their data collection processes with online data collection tools in the field, and a thorough Access database to track follow-up.
Staff: DenYelle Baete Kenyon, PhD and Tracey McMahon, MS

Basic Center Program
Funded by: Department of Health and Human Services
Run by Volunteers of America, Dakotas, this program serves runaway, homeless and street youth and seeks to reunite them with their families or assist them in their transition into safe alternative placements. It provides resources such as a 24-hour crisis line, temporary shelter, drop-in center, and referrals to a continuum of services. Our evaluation seeks to define the measures of success and help them better measure if their short-term and long-term goals are being met.
Staff: DenYelle Baete Kenyon, PhD and Tracey McMahon, MS

STI and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative
Funded by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families
The purpose of this project is to implement and evaluate an evidence-based STI/teen pregnancy prevention curriculum that also promotes adulthood preparation. A qualitative and quantitative needs assessment was implemented to help modify existing curriculum being implemented in three tribal communities in SD, NE, and IA.
Staff: DenYelle Baete Kenyon, PhD and Char Green

Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH)
Funded by: National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health
The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) was formed in September 2012 upon receipt of a grant from the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities. This five-year grant creates a communication and infrastructure platform that brings together Tribal communities and health researchers, from multiple disciplines, to work in the development of cutting-edge transdisciplinary research that will address the significant health disparities experienced by American Indians in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Dr. DenYelle Kenyon and Emily White Hat will guide the evaluation of the project using logic models, strategic planning, tribal infrastructure snapshots, qualitative and quantitative evaluation in all components of the initiative.
Evaluation Staff: DenYelle Baete Kenyon, PhD and Jessica Heinzmann

Volunteers of America, Dakotas: New Start Treatment Modifications
Funded by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Sanford Research Evaluation Services is collaborating with Volunteers of America-Dakotas to provide evaluation services for a treatment modification program at New Start for Women. New Start is a 24-hour residential program for chemically-dependent pregnant and parenting women and their children. The purpose of the project is to provide comprehensive, high-quality residential substance abuse treatment for low-income women age 18 and over who are pregnant or postpartum, and their minor children. Sanford Research evaluates these services.
Staff: Jessica Hanson, PhD, Emily Griese, PhD and Jamie Jensen, MS

Systems of Care Expansion and Sustainability Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances
Funded by: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
The purpose of this project is to offer trauma-informed care through the Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi program. This includes family wrap-around care through ongoing case management and horse therapy activities. Sanford Evaluation is assisting with collecting performance metrics and providing input on data quality and efficiency.

Sicangu Native Connections Project
Funded by: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
The purpose of this program is to address suicide prevention through community coalition building in Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Sanford Evaluation is assisting with the foundational data collection design and strategic planning.