Initiative for Evaluation and Capacity Building

Who We Are

An LSUHSC School of Public Health Collaborative of Community Health Sciences faculty, PhD students, and Masters of Public Health students.


Our Mission

To build the evaluation capacity of public health programs through evidence-based strategies by:

  • Designing effective evaluation projects;
  • Building evaluating knowledge and skills;
  • Cultivating organizational learning, improvement, and accountability; and
  • Creating awareness and support for program evaluation.

What We Offer

The Initiative provides program evaluation and evaluation capacity development for a wide range of chronic disease programs.

  • HIV
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Tobacco
  • Family Planning
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity

We can advance your program’s evaluation knowledge through training seminars and classes– some at no cost. Educational topics include:

  • Identifying where program evaluation is helpful;
  • Evaluation planning and implementation;
  • Major types of program evaluation (processes, goals, outcomes);
  • Overview of methods to collect information;
  • Data collection, analysis, and interpretation;
  • Reporting and dissemination of results; and
  • Pitfalls to avoid.

We also provide technical assistance and consultation services to programs with identified needs, such as:

  • Defining program goals and objectives;
  • Developing a conceptual framework;
  • Defining methodological approach;
  • Selecting indicators; and
  • Developing a data collection and analysis plan.

Who We Serve

The Initiative serves local, state and national agencies.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institute of Health
  • Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
  • Louisiana Public Health Institute
  • National Science Foundation
  • Community Based Organizations

More Information

Please contact Community Evaluation at the LSUHSC School of Public Health.

Sarah Moody Thomas, PhD
(504) 568-5700
sthoma@lsuhsc.edu

William Robinson, PhD
(504) 568-5700
wrobin@lsuhsc.edu

Donna Williams, DrPH
(504) 568-5860
dwill3@lsuhsc.edu

Henry Nuss, PhD
(504) 568-5886
hnussj@lsuhsc.edu