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Seminar to examine methods to improve health care program evaluation

06 Jan 2010

A research scientist with expertise in studying evaluation methods for health care related programs will be the speaker for the CHEPA monthly seminar on Jan. 20.

Sanjeev Sridharan, director of the evaluation program at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and an associate professor of health policy, management and evaluation at the University of Toronto, will deliver a presentation entitled Ten Steps to Making Evaluations Matter.

The presentation will focus on the need to go beyond the “cookie-cutter” type of thinking that often characterizes evaluations of programs. The 10 steps Sridharan will propose build on the belief that any system of performance measurement and evaluation needs to first confront the complexity of the program.

The 10 steps are based on a “realist” approach to evaluation, which attempts to understand why programs work. The proposed steps are informed by program theory, learning frameworks and pathways of influence, evaluation design, and learning, spread and sustainability.

Sridharan will describe how this system could lead to comprehensive evaluation plans and designs for evaluations that would have greater potential to influence programs and policies. The application of the 10 steps to knowledge translation, health inequities and international development will also be discussed.

The seminar will be held in HSC-1J8 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Sridharan earned his PhD in social ecology from the University of California at Irvine, and a master’s degree in public policy from Purdue University in Indiana. He is a scientist with the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital.

His research interests and activities include health inequalities, community interventions for public health, evaluation design and methodologies and primary prevention.

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