Transdisciplinary Research and Evaluation for Community Health Initiatives

Gary W. Harper, Leah C. Neubauer, Audrey K. Bangi, Vincent T. Francisco

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Abstract

Transdisciplinary research and evaluation projects provide valuable opportunities to collaborate on interventions to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Given team members' diverse backgrounds and roles or responsibilities in such projects, members' perspectives are significant in strengthening a project's infrastructure and improving its organizational functioning. This article presents an evaluation mechanism that allows team members to express the successes and challenges incurred throughout their involvement in a multisite transdisciplinary research project. Furthermore, their feedback is used to promote future sustainability and growth. Guided by a framework known as organizational development, the evaluative process was conducted by a neutral entity, the Quality Assurance Team. A mixed-methods approach was utilized to garner feedback and clarify how the research project goals could be achieved more effectively and efficiently. The multiple benefits gained by those involved in this evaluation and implications for utilizing transdisciplinary research and evaluation teams for health initiatives are detailed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-337
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008

Keywords

  • collaboration
  • evaluation
  • organization development
  • transdisciplinary research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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