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Evaluation of Ohio’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home-visiting Prenatal Curriculum: Project Update

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes the authorization of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs with significantly increased national investment over five years for at-risk pregnant women and children (Adirim, 2013; Issel, 2011; Michalopoulos et al., 2013; Willis, 2013). The goal of this expansion is to improve the long-term health and well-being of mothers and children by providing home-visiting programs that address prenatal care, healthcare for infants and young children, parenting, other precursors to lifelong health, and educational outcomes (Willis, 2013). The CETE Results Management Team’s evaluation of Ohio’s MIECHV prenatal curriculum will employ an experimental design to test the relationship of the online prenatal health curriculum to several home visitor variables.

Project update on the Physicians Leadership Academy evaluation

The Results Management Team at CETE continues its collaboration with the Columbus Medical Association to evaluate the first year of the Physicians Leadership Academy (PLA). This is an innovative program designed to enhance the ability of physicians to serve as change agents within their spheres of influence in the healthcare system.

CETE evaluates OhioMeansJobs (OMJ)

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) operates 77 separate workforce programs spread across 13 different government agencies, which results in a maze of competing priorities and agency missions. Customers must navigate a web of federal and state programs that lack standardized processes and consistency of services. This cumbersome bureaucracy is extremely inefficient; it duplicates efforts, wastes resources, and confuses customers.

Using logic models as planning and evaluation tools

Experience suggests that logic models are used increasingly in evaluation and program development. Logic models provide professionals a tool for program planning and evaluation purposes. Logic model development services are available at CETE.

Occupation/Job/Practice verification: What/Why/How?

The process of analyzing occupations, jobs, professional practices, and tasks results in the establishment of work and worker requirements for multiple purposes. Theories, tools, and techniques for conducting occupational analyses are rooted in education, psychology, engineering, and human resource management.

Ohio revises ABLE Teacher Professional Development standards

To help ensure quality and consistency among Ohio Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) programs, program staff members operate under a uniform set of standards. While recognizing variability in practice and structure among programs, a fundamental set of practitioner standards helps to guide the work of administrators, teachers, and support staff.

Conceptual DACUM workshops for emerging occupations

As companies expand their products or services and create new positions or as community colleges add new programs to train students to meet emerging local workforce needs, developers of training programs or curricula may need to conduct an analysis for a job that does not exist. We recommend employing a conceptual DACUM workshop in which a facilitator leverages a panel of experts who conceptualize, predict, or forecast the future based on what they know about the job or occupational area.

Evidence-centered design (ECD) of tests

Evidence-centered design (ECD) refers to a model for developing tests in which validity is co-developed as an argument to support score interpretations. The ECD paradigm is an important way to conceptualize test creation and validation simultaneously rather than sequentially.

CETE advances fuel cell education and training

CETE is engaged in the Great Lakes Fuel Cell Education Partnership, which is focused on aggregating and evaluating innovative solutions for advancing fuel cell education and training, researching and defining essential technical skills to advance workforce development, and serving as a clearinghouse to share proven curriculum materials. As an external evaluator led by James Austin, PhD, CETE supports these goals through a three-tiered evaluation framework of outputs, outcomes, and impacts.

CETE evaluates prenatal eclass

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services have awarded $396,000 to David Julian, PhD, and the CETE evaluation team for their Evaluation of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Prenatal Curriculum project. The team members designed a formal, state-of-the-art evaluation study to gain insight into the impact of an online training program called InJoy Understanding Birth eClass.

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