Evaluation and Institutional Assessment (EIA) Unit
The major goals of the MSM PRC EIA are:
-To conduct evaluation of the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Prevention Research Center (PRC) to identify successes, challenges and opportunities
-To address evaluation needs mutually identified by the MSM PRC evaluation unit and stakeholders (grantees, funders and target populations representing community academic, private or federal organizations). Evaluations may include but not be limited to:
*Goal and Objective Development
*Logic Model Development
*Evaluation Capacity Building and Technical Assistance
*Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection Tool Selection and Development
*Database Development and Management
*Dissemination of Results
*To partner with stakeholders to conduct evaluations that are participatory, capacity-building and identify emerging best practices.
MSM PRC EIA Unit’s Guiding Principles are:
Evaluations Should be Participatory: Evaluation activities should foster sustained ownership and involvement in a partnership between evaluators and stakeholders. The time and resources taken to develop an evaluation plan is necessary to develop and adequately assess programs, services or interventions.
Evaluations Should Increase Program Assessment Capacities: A central aim of assessment activities should be to demystify evaluation such that it is perceived and operationalized to be essential to program planning, implementation and measurement, rather than punitive.
Both Evaluation Processes and Outcomes are Critical: The development of replicable, evidence-based programs call for identification of emerging best practices or recipes for success. Hence, both processes used and outcomes achieved are necessary to understanding defined success and how it is achieved.
Evaluations Should Lead to Decision-Making: Evaluation results should lead to decisions which may include the formulation of recommendations for programmatic improvements, practice/policy changes, or subsequent research to address identified needs.