Evaluation provides a systematic process to document the impact of programmatic work, identify needs for quality improvement and maximize intervention outcomes. The Center for Excellence in Health Innovation (CEHI) provides comprehensive evaluation services and supports external evaluators to provide programmatic quality improvement/quality assurance. CEHI staff use a variety of methods to conduct evaluation, with a purpose to share lessons learned and inform continued development of programmatic work and interventions. Evaluation projects come from federal granting agencies, state government agencies, private foundations and public/community organizations.
Evaluation Projects and Descriptions
Collaborative SBIRT Training for Maine's Future Health Profession Leaders (SBIRT – Student Training)
University of New England's Westbrook College of Health Professions was awarded a SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) Student Training Grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SBIRT Student Training grant's primary goals are to:
- Develop and implement a student SBIRT training program
- Advance the adoption and practice of SBIRT throughout Maine’s system of care
- Reduce behavioral health disparities among racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities by strategies to decrease differences in access, service use and outcomes.
UNE CEHI staff provide program evaluation services for UNE SBIRT including overseeing the longitudinal evaluation of SBIRT Leaders program and assessing and evaluating substance abuse training needs among Maine’s practicing professionals.
Healthy Living for ME: Maine Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Network
Spectrum Generations, the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging, was awarded a Chronic Disease Self-Management Education grant from the federal Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging. Spectrum Generations aims to:
- Increase patient activation
- Build network sustainability by developing 25 partner sites
- Improve completion rates by 20%
- Increase provider integration with 50% provide referrals and 30% participant completion information returned
Spectrum Generations contracts with UNE Center for Excellence in Health Innovation for program evaluation. UNE CEHI program evaluation services include rapid-cycle quality improvement to ensure that evaluation is optimally integrated into program activities and program development.
Project Alliance, Drug-Free Communities
Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition (CHCC) at the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was awarded a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Project Alliance’s goal is to prevent and reduce substance use among youth in nine towns in Northern York County. CHCC contracts with the UNE Center for Excellence in Health Innovation for program evaluation. UNE CEHI program evaluation services include quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and display; and environmental scanning.
The Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program
University of New England's Westbrook College of Health Professions was awarded a grant from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau to develop the Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program. The Maine LEND program's goal is to leverage the rich clinical, policy and research resources of UNE and MMC to train promising professional in interdisciplinary approaches to assessment, treatment and systems leaderships. UNE CEHI staff provide program evaluation services for Maine LEND including monitoring and QI for didactic and experiential trainings of students and practicing health professionals, data coordination to ensure timely federal reporting, and measuring longitudinal outcomes for long-term LEND trainees.