Non-Communicable Disease Workshop

Background: Evaluation provides insights on the merit and worth of public health programs, interventions, and projects.  It helps decision-makers to address accountability of limited resources and it guides program managers in making changes to programs that can improve outcomes.

The Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET) and CDC will be offering a day and a half long course on “Evaluating Public Health Programs” on December 5-6, 2011, preceding the Bi-annual EMPHNET conference in Sharm Al Sheikh, Egypt.

Course Summary:  In this course, you will learn how to use the six-step CDC Framework for Evaluating Programs and how to conduct an evaluability assessment to determine if a program is ready to be evaluated. Participants will learn the course content by reading key concepts in a Participant Workbook and participating in facilitator-led discussions.  After learning each step in the evaluation process, participants will practice skills in small groups using sample background information.  Groups will present their work to colleagues and obtain feedback from the class and the facilitator.

Course aim:To provide participants with the skills, knowledge and tools to effectively evaluate programs so that they can:

  1. monitor progress toward program goals
  2. determine if program components are contributing to intended outcomes
  3. make modifications to the program, if needed
  4. justify to your stakeholders the need for continued funding and support
  5. track changes in behaviors of one or more target groups

Proposed Content:

  1. Reading: Overview of evaluating a public health program
  2. Discussion: Common roadblocks to evaluation
  3. Reading and small group practice: Engaging stakeholders
  4. Reading and small group practice: Describing a program
  5. Discussion: Developing a logic model
  6. Reading and small group practice: Focusing the evaluation
  7. Reading and small group practice: Gathering credible evidence
  8. Discussion: Using mixed data collection methods
  9. Reading and small group practice: Justifying conclusions
  10. Reading and small group practice: Ensuring use of lessons learned
  11. Reading, discussion and practice: How to use an evaluability assessment to determine a program’s readiness for evaluation

Target audience:20 participants from current FETP trainees with priority to those who are second year residents and working on NCD projects.


Learning objectives:By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

• Evaluate a public health program by:

     - Engaging stakeholders

     - Describing the program

     - Focusing the evaluation design

     - Gathering credible evidence

     - Justifying conclusions

     - Ensuring use and sharing lessons learned.

• Identify how an evaluability assessment can be used to determine readiness for evaluation

Selection of participants:  Priority will be given to FETP second year residents and graduates. A committee will review applicants CVs and personal statements on how knowledge gained during the course will be used. 

Course costs:  $400.00 EMPHNET registration fees cover the cost of the course.

Course Logistics: EMPHNET will facilitate the logistics for this workshop.

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