and objectives of the evaluation & informatics working group are four
- Provide technical & expert resources on methodology, clinical
science, socioeconomic factors and the policy environment which
will assist the respective cores in the evaluation of their programs
- Provide peer review of program evaluations conducted by the
COE and oversee the evaluation of core objectives.
- Identify and facilitate the evaluation of cross-cutting objectives
and programs that extend beyond the boundaries of any single core.
In this role, the evaluation working group will integrate Center
objectives across core areas.
- Provide feedback on performance and outcomes to the respective
core programs, the members of the COE, and to the community it
- In this capacity, the evaluation work group will work closely
with the Informatics Group in enhancing data access, feedback
and communication efforts.
to meeting these goals and sustaining the evaluation program beyond
the funded contract is the integration of the evaluation
program and plan within all CoE components and activities and within
health and academic systems. For example the evaluation group co-chairs
have worked with the CoE staff to recognize and translate the data
for the monthly reports into formative and summative evaluation
Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at the UIC School
of Public Health. She is Co-PI of the Maternal and Child Health
Bureau (MCHB), funded the Maternal and Child Health Training Program
and teaches courses on Maternal and Child Health Policy and Advocacy,
and Reproductive and Perinatal Health. She currently is PI of an
MCHB funded grant on The Effect of Welfare Reform on Women's Insurance
Status and Prenatal Care Use and Co-PI on an RWJ funded grant, PRWORA
and Low Income Women's Insurance and Prenatal Care Use. She is the
President of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health
and serves on numerous local, state and national advisory panels
and committees related to the health of women, children and families.
Shirk, MPH is project coordinator at the Center for Research
on Women and Gender where her research focuses on health outcomes
for seniors with chronic conditions, especially senior women. Ms.
Shirk is also actively involved in community groups and serves as
Co-Chair of the Senior Services Committee, Oak Park/ River Forest
League of Women Voters and the Oak Park Board of Health. Her involvement
with the CoE includes evaluation research utilizing both quantitative
and qualitative research methods.