The Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE) Presents: Evaluation Models For University Centers on Disabilities

The Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE) Presents: Evaluation Models For University Centers on Disabilities


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Location: webinar

Webinar Description:

This webinar provided a number of different ways of looking at general or conceptual evaluation models, as well as some specific examples of how one University Center on Disability undertakes its evaluation efforts. Examples were couched within a framework of how evaluation fits with overall continuous quality improvement, as well as within a framework of evidence-based practice. Additional models of the evaluation context were provided, taken from a previous version of a competing UCEDD application that had been chosen by AIDD as an exemplary evaluation model. The overall goal of the webinar was to provide evaluation frameworks and information that can be used by both continuing and competing UCEDD applicants, as well as to improve the discussion regarding evaluation models, methods, sources of data, and communication of findings. Examples outlined within this webinar came from the UCEDD program within the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, Kennedy Krieger Institute.


Webinar Objectives:

1. To outline general conceptual models of evaluation for UCEDD programs.

2. To provide specific examples of how a UCEDD can conceptualize its evaluation and communicate that evaluation model to funders.

3. To provide specific examples of how one UCEDD undertakes its evaluation internally and translates that into external communication and dissemination


 Christopher Smith, PhD:  Dr. Smith currently serves as the Director for the Maryland Center for Developmental  Disabilities (MCDD), Faculty on the Women's and Children's Health Policy Center as well as the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His current work as includes building a statewide training and professional development infrastructure including hardware, software, professional connections and delivery systems in Maryland.  This infrastructure and focus has allowed the MCDD to develop over 3,000 days of training for nearly 35,000 participants over the last 4 years. Since arriving at the MCDD, he has facilitated the Maryland and Mid Atlantic Act Early efforts, including Early Intervention and Screening Consortium. Dr. Smith has served as an investigator for a number of technical assistance, training, evaluation and continuous quality improvement projects including projects serving consumers with autism and developmental disabilities, early childhood, community action programs, after-school programs and mental health programs. This experience includes over 15 years of experience working at the state level to provide research and evaluation expertise to early childhood and disability programs.