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Evaluation Community of Practice Webinars

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The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) Evaluation Community of Practice webinar series provides a forum for WTP awardees involved in evaluation to exchange information about evaluation practices, challenges, and lessons learned. The webinars also offer an opportunity for participants to provide feedback to NIEHS on program-level evaluation methods. WTP awardees and consortium members interested in joining the webinar mailing list may contact Deborah Weinstock.

Evaluation Community of Practice: Disaster Training Evaluation

WTP hosted an Evaluation Community of Practice call with several grant recipients in December 2023. During this call, WTP leadership and representatives from three different grant recipient organizations discussed the WTP logic model and disaster common metrics; various ways to deliver evaluation and their successes and barriers; disaster evaluation tools; and how the WTP Data Management System can be modified for data collection specific to disasters. The call resulted in a simplified disaster logic model that more clearly defines inputs and objectives of disaster preparedness and response training.

This webinar was held on December 14, 2023.

Evaluating the Benefits of the NIEHS Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP)

Purpose: This webinar engaged ECWTP grantees and stakeholders in discussing how they evaluate the benefits and impacts of ECWTP. Webinar participants learned best practices and gained new ideas for future ECWTP evaluation.

Justice40 Stakeholder Engagement: This webinar also provided an opportunity for stakeholder engagement for ECWTP, which has been named a pilot program for the White House’s Justice40 Initiative. Anyone participating or interested in ECWTP and job training for environmental justice communities is encouraged to review the webinar recording and materials below.

This webinar was held on February 10, 2022.

Evaluation of COVID-19 Training and Virtual Learning

Representatives of four WTP awardee organizations discuss evaluation methods used, key findings, and lessons learned from the evaluation of their COVID-19 Training and Virtual Learning. Speakers discussed: Distance learning evaluation: comparison with in-person and transfer of knowledge to the workplace; Evaluation of virtual COVID-19 training and future cross-grantee impact study; Development of a new evaluation protocol and forms to reflect online training and Minimum Criteria updates; and Assessment of nurses use of training on the Aerosol Transmission Standard to push for stronger worksite protections. (May 10, 2021)

NIEHS WTP Evaluation and Data Stakeholder Webinar for COVID-19

As part of the COVID-19 training initiative, WTP set up the Data and Evaluation Work Group. The group held their first webinar on April 13, 2020 using the opportunity to discuss evaluation as a method to improve training outcomes, data collection, and reporting processes.

Findings and Lessons Learned from the NIEHS Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response (IDR) Training Program

Representatives of three WTP awardee organizations discuss evaluation methods, key findings, and lessons learned from their IDR training programs. Speakers include Lisa McCormick, Dr.P.H., co-principal investigator for the Deep South Biosafety Worker Training Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); Diane Stein, an evaluator and curricula developer with the United Steelworkers Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety, and Environmental Education (USW TMC); and Shari Glines-Allen, an instructor with the International Chemical Workers Union Council (ICWUC) Center for Worker Health and Safety Education. (April 15, 2019)

Using the Minimum Criteria to Guide Program Evaluation and Self-Audit

Elizabeth Harman, principal investigator (PI) for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and Kenny Oldfield, PI for Alabama Fire College (AFC) Workplace Safety Training, discuss how they have used or are planning to use the NIEHS Minimum Criteria for Worker Health and Safety Training to guide program evaluation or programmatic check-ins. (Nov. 26, 2018)

Evaluating the Impact of Trainers and Other Topics in Safety and Health Evaluation

Ruth Ruttenberg, Ph.D., discusses evaluations she has completed and is currently working on for the International Chemical Workers Union Council and CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training. Webinar participants also discuss collecting stories from trainers at the May 2018 Trainers’ Exchange, using a method based loosely on the Most Significant Change model. (April 12, 2018)

Training Follow-Up: Grantee Examples of Data Collection Methods

Carol Rice, Ph.D., Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training, and Kevin Riley, Ph.D., Western Region Universities Consortium, provide examples from their programs. (Nov. 30, 2017)

Introduction to the WTP Evaluation Community of Practice

Participants discuss future webinar topics, webinar frequency, and common evaluation measures for the WTP Infectious Disease Response Program. Donna McDaniel Mitchell, EdD, and Tipawan Reed, representing WTP awardee OAI, Inc., also share insights on using the Social Ecological Model to guide evaluation design. (March 6, 2017)

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